Off the Beaten Path: Pedasí

One of my favorites places in the world is the Republic of Panamá. It is the birth place of my wife and my father. You can  say I have a certain nostalgia for my roots. Panamá is a very popular tourist destination with the city of Panama becoming the Miami of the country. However, there are a lot of unknown areas in this beautiful paradise. I took a road trip with my wife, daughter and my Panamanian cousin to explore off the beaten path.

We drove about 5 hours away from the city (depending on who drives) and arrived in the Los Santos Province in the Pacific West region of Panamá.

It was quite different from the usual busy and overcrowded city. We arrived in the country with fresh vegetation and campesinos (farmers) working on their farms. I felt like I was in an entirely new country.

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Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

We finally arrived in Pedasí which is known as the perfect small town located on the Azuero Peninsula. Don’t be fooled by its size because there is a lot to do in this charming town.

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I arrived ready to explore but MVP Madelin wasn’t feeling so good, so we stayed in for the evening. We stayed at the Santósha Hostel which was in the center of the town. Everyone was outside partying so I wasn’t missing anything. My cousin and I caught up and sipped on some Panamanian rum. I forgot which one because we were too lit! I don’t even remember falling asleep.

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Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

I woke up real early the next day ready to explore. Of course, everyone was knocked out asleep so I decided to do my own exploration. It was a very beautiful morning with peace and tranquility. All I heard was the sounds of nature as I viewed the amazing scenery.

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Pedasí Town Square. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
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Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

As I explored the town square area, I noticed some historical landmarks. There was a very powerful and dominating statute of Panama’s first female president, Ms. Mireya Moscoso. Moscoso served as president from 1999 through 2004. Moscoso comes from a poor family from Pedasí. She also presided over the country during the handing over of the Panama Canal from the U.S. to Panama. Politics aside, she is an inspiration for the Panamanian working class.

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Statue of Mireya Moscoso. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Directly in front of the town plaza was also a very beautifully designed church known as La Parroquia  Santa Catalina de Alejandría. Founded in 1785, the Catholic church is designed with colorful colonial-Spanish architect. It was very refreshing to wake up to these important landmarks.

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La Parroquia  Santa Catalina de Alejandría. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

It was very early and I knew it would be a few hours before my family would wake up so I decided to explore off the beaten path. I had no idea what I was going to see as I journeyed off into the countryside with nothing but my camera bag.

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