The city of Chitré was founded on October 19, 1848 by the Provincial Chamber of Panama, who ruled that the parochial district of Chitré, in the county of Los Santos, shall be founded as a separate entity from the district of Los Santos and encompass Chitré, Monagrillo, and La Arena. It is known as "The city that grows by itself" and "The city where nobody is a stranger."
Puerto Mutis is a picturesque village of fishers and merchants that serves as the gateway to the Gulf of Montijo or the paradise of Coiba. Visitors can tour the mangroves by boat and explore the splendid Pacific islands off the coast of Veraguas Province.
For five months of the year whales migrate to the Panamanian Pacific Ocean to mate. The spectacle of humpback and sperm whales swimming and leaping out of the water just off the coast is an impressive sight. This event occurs from June to November in the waters of the Pacific coast of Panama.
Long a place of transit and service industries, Panama enjoys a very diverse and world-class gastronomy. Here you can taste typical Mexican dishes in Orale and La Mexicanita. Rich steaks imported from the United States or Argentina in Los Años Locos or Gauchos. Delicious paella, fried eggs, or patatas bravas in Spanish restaurants. Mediterranean cooking in the restaurant Athens. Middle Eastern food in Beirut. A Chinese breakfast of dim sum, which has become commonplace in Panama. Indian food...the list goes on. There's something from all over the world to sample.
The Montijo gulf area is predominantly tropical rainforest, though there are also grasslands, savannas, swamps, and secondary vegetation. Mangrove forest predominates the gulf itself, with different representative species such as the red mangrove, black mangrove, and white mangrove. The Gulf of Montijo has been named to the RAMSAR List of Wetlands of International Importance for its importance as a stop-over and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Among the notable birds that can be sighted here are the belted kingfisher, raptors like the osprey and the hawk swamp, and exotic birds like the red-lored Amazon parrot.