The city of Chitré was founded on October 19, 1848, by the Provincial Chamber of Panama, who ruled that the parish district of Chitré, in the county of Los Santos, shall be founded as a separate entity from the district of Los Santos and consist of Chitré, Monagrillo and La Arena. It is known as "The city that grows by itself" and "The city where nobody is a stranger."
Its old quarter preserves a historic collection of houses, churches, plazas, avenues and parks, along with an important heritage of museums. Among the cultural events that they celebrate, highlights include Holy Week in Chitré, the St. John the Baptist patron saint festival and Carnival.
The city of Chitré is located 250 km west of Panama City and 37 km from Divisa.
How to arrive?
Car: If you are reaching Divisa on the Interamerican from Panama City, turn left at the overpass and continue straight for another 37 kms to Chitré.
Bus: From the Albrook Grand Station in Panama City, take a Panama--Chitré bus, which will bring you to the terminal in Chitré, Herrera Province.
What to bring?
Tour archaeological sites
Observation of flora and fauna