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Travel – Coclé, Panama – on the southern coast of the nation




Coclé is located in Panama and is one of the provinces. The city of Penonomé is the capital of this province and is located on the southern coast of the nation. It became a province on October 20, 1985. This province is primarily an agricultural area, with sugar and tomatoes being the major crops. It has beaches with the names of Santa Clara, Farallon and Rio Hato.
The time periods of the history of the province are divided into La Mula period that ranged from 150 BC to AD 300, Tonosi period that is from AD 300 to AD 550 and the Cubita period, that is from AD 550 to AD 700.
Cocle is a host to research and conservation in the form of the La MICA Biological Station.
This province is basically divided into six districts and they are:
• Aguadulce. Corregimientos that includes Aguadulce (capital), El Cristo, El Roble, Pocrí and Barrios Unidos.
• Antón. Corregimientos that includes Antón (capital), Cabuya, El Chirú, El Retiro, El Valle, Juan Díaz, Río Hato, San Juan de Dios, Santa Rita and Caballero.
• La Pintada. Corregimientos that includes La Pintada (capital), El Harino, El Potrero, Llano Grande, Piedras Gordas and Las Lomas.
• Natá Corregimientos that includes Natá (capital), Capellanía, El Caño, Guzmán, Las Huacas and Toza.
• Olá. Corregimientos that includes Olá (capital), El Copé, El Palmar, El Picacho and La Pava.
• Penonomé. Corregimientos that includes Penonomé (capital), Cañaveral, Coclé, Chiguirí Arriba, El Coco, Pajonal, Río Grande, Río Indio, Toabréand Tulú.

Attractions of the Cocle Region:
• Beaches: There are number of beaches in Santa Clara, Farallon and Rio Hato. These beaches offer tourists relaxation, and they can enjoy the beach retreats.
The Juan Hombron Beach: This beach is ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing and just relaxing. This beach is also known as the best spot for surfing or windsurfing, diving and also for horse back riding along the beach.
• Royal Decameron Beach Resort & Casino: This is located in Farllon and ninety minutes from Panama City. This resort has water sports, golf, good nightlife and family activities to enjoy.
• The Royal Decameron Resort: This resort holds a championship of golf at its golf course.
• La Pintada: This is to the north of Penonome. It is about 20km to Penonome.
• Nata de Los Caballeros: This is an old church back to 1500s. It is an old Spanish church of those times.
• The boat tours: Some of the companies offer boat tours to some of the Cocle’s most famous beaches of Farallón, Playa Blanca, Buenaventura, Palo Seco, Juan Hombrón, Boca Nueva and Los Azules. One can enjoy the diverse marine life of Panama here.

• Food: There is great seafood to be found on the edge of Río Farallón along with enjoyment in the form of genuine Cocle folklore.
• Hiking: The mountains of Cocle is a treat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The hiking regions are on El Valle and the top of “La India Dormida” or “Cerro Gaital”, El Cope and the Omar Torrijos National Park.
• El Valle de Anton: This is a picturesque town which is 123km to the west from Panama City. This is about two hours away from Panama City. This city is inside a 5 km wide 3 million year old crater of a Volcano. This is at an altitude of 600metres above sea level and hence one can experience pleasant weather. The city of El Valle de Anton is a seven square mile town. It is surrounded by a volcanic caldera which was a deep lake. The crater spits out rich volcanic soil onto the valley floor which is known as tierra negra or black earth. This place is known to to be the cultural, environmental and culinary bounty of Old Panama. One can ride or walk to waterfalls, square trees, mud baths, a zoo, a museum, the forest canopy tour, pre-Columbian petro glyphs, farmers market, tours of the local organic farm, coffee roaster, artisan bakery, and guided birding and fauna surveys, El Nispero – a local private zoo, a large waterfall called “El Macho”, and a grove of square trees, a museum, mud baths, a etched hieroglyphic rock, lots of birds, bugs, butterflies, animals or cooking school. El Valle houses an orchid conservatory and the amphibian rescue station that are two world class eco sites in town.
• “El Valle’s Sunday Market”: It is the town’s public market, which is open 7 days a week, located on Avenida Central or Calle Central to the east-west of the town.
• “El Nispero”: This is a zoo as well as a historical and geological museum and a small serpentarium and an orchid garden that houses local orchid species.
• Cerro Gaital National Monument: It is a house for Panama’s 10,000 plants, 1500 trees, 1000 birds, 220 mammals, and 354 amphibians and reptile species.
• El Valle Amphibian Conservation Centre, EVACC: Over 200 frogs, salamanders and toads are saved from an unstoppable fungus that has been known to be hit them. They are maintained in micro climate and treated and detoxed. This center also houses exhibits like the local golden frog, a cultural icon and the republic’s emblematic conservation symbol.
• El Nispero Zoo-Nursery: Have examples of the local fauna, flora and wildlife.
• El Valley Orchid Nursery: This is an eco-site where the orchidophile can experience orchidelirium. There are about 1300 varieties and 200 endangered samples housed here. The JICA, COSPA, APROVACA center is one sponsored by a consortium of Japanese and Panamanian orchid growers.
• Three Sisters Cooking School: This is a cooking school giving insight of history and culture of food ways of the place.
• Alquiler de Caballos: This is a stable that houses 30 horses about and which are used for exploring the mountains that are nearby. One can enjoy the horse ride over the mountains.
• Canopy Adventure: This is a gliding adventure that uses cables, pulleys and harness to glide and view the rainforest from above the jungle which is a magnificent experience.
• Chorro de las Mozas: This is a waterfall or set of waterfalls that cascade down the hill sides into the valley. These falls are also called Young Women’s falls.
• Chorro El Macho: This is the popular waterfall of El Valle which is 85-high. Below the falls there are swimming pools for swimming, made out of rocks with the surrounding area being the rainforest and water of river is fed into the pool. There are hiking trails also available here.
• Handicrafts Market: This is a popular market, one of Panama’s largest handicrafts markets which is a great tourist attraction.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit Cocle is from February to August as the climate is ideal for the activities.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:
There are flight services to reach the capital of the province, Penonome.
There are bus services from Panama City to Penonome and cabs are also available from Panama to Penonome.
To go around, one can take a taxi or rent a car from the airport.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at virtualtourist
Hotels at kayak
Hotels at maplandia
Hotels at virtualpanama
Hotels at costaricalink
Hotels at prontohotel

Blogs / Sites about Cocle, Panama:

Blogs and reviews at travelblog
Blogs and reviews at travelpod
Blogs and reviews at realestate-panama

Images and photos of Cocle, Panama:

Images at google
Images at travel-images
Images at superstock

Videos on you tube:

Cocle

PENONOME, PANAMA TOURS BY VILLA MICHELLE A TRAVEL GUIDE IN PANAMA

SUPER WHITE GRINGO – Cascada Las Yayas – Barringon – El Cope, Cocle, Panama

HD – Farallón, Coclé, Panamá




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