The Sarigua National Park covers an area of 8,000 hectares of marine ecosystem and semi-desert “albina” areas. There was an important pre-Columbian settlement here that has been dated to be 11,000 years old. The ceramic objects and stone artifacts found here are studied by scientists from all over the world.
It has been widely believed that Pesé was named after an Indian chief who ruled these lands in pre-Columbian times; however, some authors consider that this theory is not founded on any historical facts that prove the existence of that native person.
Las Minas was formerly known in many parts of the Republic as the Minas de Bracamonte (Mines of Bracamonte), supposedly named after the town founder, Don José Agustin de Bracamonte. Others say that a Spaniard whose last name was Bracamonte had some gold panning stations in those parts, and so people started calling the place the Mines of Bracamonte.
Just an hour outside the city is Cerro Azul, a hill whose altitude at 1,000 meters above sea level provides a pleasant climate for many country vacation homes. The view of the city and lake from different angles is simply unforgettable. In next-door Chagres National Park, you can go rafting down the Chagres River and take in the nature of the rainforest in all its glory.