Parita is the oldest indigenous-Spanish settlement in the Azuero region, founded in 1558 as a response to the suppression of the Indian mission by the Mayor of Natá, as decreed by the Spanish Crown on March 21, 1551. Among its founders were Juan Ruiz de Monjaraz and the Dominican friar Pedro de Santa Maria. Since Parita was founded over 450 years ago, that makes it one of the oldest human settlement in the country.
The name of Ocú means "Cornsilk", because corn has been one of their main crops for many years. In Ocú two styles of the traditional pollera skirt are made, the Ocueña (all white, for weddings) and the Montuno (daily use), which is the local costume for women and men. The production of these folkloric elements has been passed down from one generation to the next, thanks to the handiwork of the regional artisans. This region celebrates the National Manito Festival, a quintessential folkloric festival in the Republic of Panama, recognized for being the most authentic and for best showcasing the customs and traditions of Panama and its countryfolk.
We invite you to the Miraflores Restaurant and Bar, where you can dine with a view of the ships passing through the locks of the Panama Canal. Located next to the Miraflores Locks, on the first floor of the visitor's center, the Miraflores Restaurant offers its diners a delicious variety of seafood and fusion dishes. A fabulous executive buffet is available for your evening business meetings, with an excellent panoramic view of the progress in the widening of the Panama Canal. The restaurant is managed by the Hotel El Panama.
Panama is a paradise for birders, who can spot over 950 species of birds here, more than the United States and Canada combined. Depending on where you are in the isthmus, whether on the Atlantic or Pacific shorelines, mountains, mangroves, or islands, you will be able to observe different types of birds. Some key places for bird watching are: