Sarigua is not a desert, but an area that has undergone a process of salinization (salt in the soil) known as "albina". The “albina” covers 80% of the territory and is influenced by tides that maintain a high level of salt in the soil.
In 1979 the Sarigua area was designated an area of natural resource protection. Sarigua National Park was later created by Executive Decree 72 on October 2, 1984.
Sarigua National Park still preserves pre-Columbian artifacts up to 11,000 years old and a farming village over 5,000 years old.
Sarigua is 10 kilometers from Chitré on the Azuero Peninsula. It is located near the village of Puerto de Limón in the District of Parita, Province of Herrera.
How to arrive
- Bus: Take a bus from the Grand Transportation Station in Panama City to Chitré, where you will transfer to a bus or taxi to Parita. It takes half an hour walking from Parita to reach the park entrance.
- Plane: There are also daily flights from Panama to Chitré, and from there a taxi can take you to Parita and Sarigua National Park.
What to bring
- Water bottle
- Observation of pre-Columbian artifacts
- Hiking with a guide of the different trees on site