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, dated 11,000 years old. The ceramic objects and stone artifacts found here attract scientists who travel from all over the world.
Sarigua is not a desert, but an area that has undergone a process of salinization (salt in the soil) and is therefore called "Albina". The “albina” covers 80% of the territory and is influenced by tides that keep the salt in the soil.
In 1979 the Sarigua area was designated as an "area of natural resource protection." Sarigua National Park was later created by Executive Decree No. 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 about 234 kilometers from Panama City, 53 kilometers from the Interamerican Highway and 10 kilometers from Chitré on the Azuero Peninsula. It is located near the village of Puerto Limón, in the District of Parita, Province of Herrera.
How to arrive?
Bus: Take a bus from the Grand Transportation Station in Panama City. When you get to Chitré, switch to a bus that goes to Parita or take a taxi. From Parita there is an half hour walk 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?
Observation of pre-Columbian artifacts
Hiking with a guide of the different trees on site