AZUERO PENINSULA (Spanish : Península de Azuero) is a large
peninsula in southern
The Eastern Azuero
The Western Azuero
Tourism has begun to increase in the area both for the aforementioned
sport fishing, surfing and for the local charm of cities like Chitré
, Las Tablas and Pedasi. Due to a rise in tourism, real estate
development has begun. The area enjoys some of the best weather in
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Azuero is divided into three provinces, Herrera , Los Santos (which are entirely on the peninsula), and Veraguas which extends into it on the west side of the peninsula. Most of the people live on the east coastal region. The southern tip is sparsely populated, and western area (the Veraguas area) is just now opening up to development. The largest towns are Chitré , the capital of Herrera, and Las Tablas . The main road to the eastern Azuero peninsula connects to the Pan-American Highway in Divisa and runs south along the eastern side of the peninsula. The road to the western Azuero connects to the Pan-American just east of Santiago.
Punta Mariato on the western tip of the peninsula is the southernmost point on the mainland of Central America.
The Azuero region was one of the first parts of
Its long history of cultivation and grazing has had a negative impact on the environment, resulting in what is sometimes called the Sarigua desert in the northeastern area of the peninsula, even though it is not technically a desert. Along the coast there are areas of mangroves and just inland is a dry coastal forest called Albina . The Azuero is one of the most heavily deforested parts of Panamá, although sustainable land management systems such as SilvoPastoral grazing systems are emerging.
In the extreme south, Cerro Hoya is a national park and home of most of the remaining jungle habitat in the Azuero region. Isla Canas, a coastal island connected via a sandbar to the peninsula , is used by a large number of sea turtles