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Chitre

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Chitre is in Herrera, Panama.

Understand[edit]

The provincial capital of Herrera province, Chitre is one of the oldest town of the peninsula Azuero in Panama, as the conquistadors settled here in 1558.

Get in[edit]

Here is the main bus hub going to the rest of the peninsula. From Panama City, there are buses leaving every half-hour from Albrook Terminal (4 hrs, around 9$). From David take any bus going to South that stops in Santiago (3.5 hrs, around 9$). From Santiago there are several mini-buses leaving for Chitre (1 hr, around 1.5$). From Bocas del Toro take any ferry going to Almirante ferry port. Going to Almirante bus terminal you can take a taki (5 minutes, 1$) or walk for 15 minutes. Here there are very often buses leaving for David (4 hrs, around 9$). From David follow the instructions above.

Get around[edit]

Chitre is easy to walk around as all the main attractions are in the center. There are also taxis that should cost a few dollars depending where you want to go. There is a local bus that goes around the city and to La Arena (the town nearby), the price is 0.30$ for the ride and you pay at the end to the driver.

See[edit][add listing]

The Herrera Museum exhibits archaeological and cultural artifacts and it is hosted in a Spanish colonial building (1$).

The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, built between 1896 and 1910 on the site of an earlier church.

Bird Migration site and Eco Reserve Mud-flats (Agallito Beach) are 5kms away, with several local mini-buses going there.

Do[edit][add listing]

Between the 24th-28th February there is one of the biggest festival in the region, the Carnaval. Around 18th-20th of October it is celebrated the foundation of the district of Chitre.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a shopping mall 1.5km away from the center of Chitre that has a few shops and places to eat. The region is famous for its ceramics and you can buy them at the nearby town of La Arena (15 minutes bus ride from Chitre).

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a lot of bakeries around the city, the biggest and oldest one is Panaderia Chiquita, with fresh baked and fried food all day until around 10pm.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Cantina La Arana (Spider Bar) has cheap beer from Tuesday to Sunday.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Miami Mike's Backpackers Hostel [1] ([email protected], phone 910-0628 or 6603-9711) is the only hostel in the city that has 4-bed dormitories (11$) and private (17-22$). Located in the heart of the city, near the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and next door to the Panaderia Chiquita, it is easy to get from here to all the attractions near-by and the rest of the peninsula. Mike knows a lot of information about the area and can provide maps for all the visiting places around.

Cope[edit]

Laundry[edit]

Next to the veggie and fruits stores (in the center area) there is a Laundromat inside a laundry store that charge 1$ for a 40 minutes load (1.40$ with soap and 1.75$ more for drying).

Get out[edit]

There a lot of beaches around the peninsula as Monagre, Rompio (near Chitré), Playa Bucaro, El Toro (near Pedasí), Cambutal and Venao(Vendado) for surfing. You can take mini-buses from the Chitre bus terminal.

Parita (20 minutes bus ride from Chitre) is home to the nationally known devil mask maker, Dario Lopez, you can join him while he is making the masks. The town church, Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman, was built in 1556. Wander around the old colonial neighborhood and streets. Nearby is Parque Nacional Sarigua,a manmade desert (around 5$ entrance, 30-40 minutes with the bus).

La Arena (10 minutes bus ride) is nationally famous for its bread. Full of Panamanian pottery and ceramics which are prized across the country and as souvenirs. The INAC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura) offers short and long term courses, such as traditional and ceramics painting, wood carvings, pottery, dancing etc.

La Villa de los Santos has Iglesia de San Atanasio, a national monument and El Museo de la Nacionalidad. The first Cries for independence from Spain on November 10, 1821 started here. There is also Corpus Christi Festival in June 6,2017.

Las Tablas is home to the biggest Carnaval in Panama, Pollera Festival Saint Librada Patron Saint Festival.

Guarare has the Festival de la Mejorana-held at the end of September, a combination of patron saint celebration and folkloric traditions. Casa Museo Manuel F. Zarate is one of the better museums with Old Polleras( From1859 to present)on display, lots of photos ,guitars and devil mask as well.

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