Quebec to Panama 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
16 months - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

Azuero Peninsula

April 16, 2019  —  Panama

The Azuero Peninsula is probably the place where the rainy and dry seasons are the most obvious. Despite the fact that the rain has started in the mountains, the peninsula is still waiting for some downpours.

At the time of my visit, the dry spell had started some 4 months before. You will notice on the various photos that the nature is in dire need of some water. Despite this, the landscapes are magnificent.

The beaches are sometimes quite appealing, but with temperatures around 35 degrees and a relatively high humidity, I didn't really have the desire to roast under the sun with burning sand under me.

Playa Torio - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Torio - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Morillo - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Morillo - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
This nice black sand is in fact pebbles.
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
A beach made of small pebbles.
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Mata Oscura - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Turtle track.
Las Flores - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Las Flores - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Near Parque Nacional Cerro Hoya - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Río Playita - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Venao - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa Venao - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Around Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Azuero Peninsula - Panama
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Pedasí and Parita

These two villages are said to have the best Spanish colonial architecture of the region. But honestly, in comparison to other countries of Central America, it's not very impressive.

Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Pedasí - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parita - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parita - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parita - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
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Parque Nacional Sarigua

Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
At the park's entrance.

This national park looks like a desert during the dry season. It's the result of an intensive deforestation done in the first half of the 20th century by farmers.

Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Parque Nacional Sarigua - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
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Playa El Agallito

Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama

This beach is, unfortunately, another example of human intervention gone sour. Around 1967, the inhabitants of the city of Chitré decided that a beach would be better than a mangrove. They cut all the trees, and the result is distressing.

The cutting of trees combined with silt deposits from a nearby river created a huge mud flat. From the shore, you would have to walk more than 2 kilometres to reach the blue of the sea.

Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
At high tide.
Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
At low tide.
Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama
Playa El Agallito - Azuero Peninsula - Panama