Herrera – on the Azuero peninsula – is a province in Panama. Its name originates from General Tomás Herrera; it was founded on 18th January 1915. The capital town Chitré is located in a distance of approx. 7 kilometres to the Gulf of Panama. Herrera, having an area of 2.341 km² and an average population of 113.000, is subdivided into the following seven districts (distritos): Chitré, Los Pozos, Ocu, Pesé, Parita, Santa Maria and Las Minas. Herrera is mainly characterised by agriculture, cattle breeding and cultivation of grain and sugar cane. The popular national drink „Seco Herrerano“ is made from sugar cane. The cathedral San Juan Bautista and the Herrera-museum are both worth being visited in Chitré. The church Santo Domingo as well as the Plaza Colonia are in Parita. While Plaza Colonia was a slave market in former times, it is today a lively place where agricultural products are offered and sold. High-quality pottery produced according to original traditions is offered for sale at all places. In August the traditional festival Manito Ocueno with wild dances and lovely costumes takes place in Ocú. The Carnival is a great festival all throughout Panama; the carnival events in Chitré being some of the most known. Sarigua National Park with an area of about 8.000 hectares features a desert-like eco-system and is located in vicinity to Parita at the Pacific coast.