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Living in Coclé is quality of life, well-being, and active social life. Coclé has natural beauties that enhance this quality of life.
Coclé is a province located 100 kilometers from Panama City, (about 45 minutes by car), whose treasures are worth discovering.
Among the most prominent are.
1.- The Graffiti.
District of the province of Coclé, is the cradle of the pintado hat, a piece originally considered for casual use by peasants, which has been revalued over the years until it has become an accessory that everyone wants to wear. This popularity led it to become the first tradition or popular knowledge of Panama to be included in the UNESCO list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
2.- The courage of Victoriano Lorenzo.
Victoriano Lorenzo was a caudillo and national hero of Panama who fought all his life for the rights and freedoms of the indigenous people with cunning and intelligence.
In his first stage, he served in various public positions, but then the war and injustices led him to become a guerrilla and a true popular leader, which earned him many important enemies, who with tricks managed to condemn him to death, executing him in the Plaza de Chiriquí, today known as Plaza de Francia.
The legacy of the cholo Victoriano Lorenzo is preserved today, especially in the temple of the Coclesanos, from whose fields he was a native.
3.- Aguadulce, land of sugar and salt.
The extraction of salt from seawater is one of the oldest activities in this region, which is still carried out traditionally with the help of the evaporation of water thanks to the help of the sun and the wind.
Between January and April, you can visit the salt flats and see how tons of salt is collected in the old way, which will later feed the whole country. And as this is a land of contrasts, just as salt is produced, sugar is another of Aguadulce's most important products.
In fact, every year, around the date of the end of the harvest, the Festival of sugar cane, guarapo, and its derivatives is celebrated, a festival that pays tribute to the people of the countryside who work in the cane fields.
* Zafra: harvest of the cane.
4.- The legend of sleeping India.
Legend has it that Flor del Aire, daughter of the chief Urracá, the most fierce of those who fought against the conquerors, unfortunately, fell in love with one of the Spaniards who subdued their people rejecting the love of Yaraví, the bravest of the youth of his tribe.
Yaraví, in his despair, decided to commit suicide by throwing himself down a mountain, before the downcast eyes of Flor del Aire, who decided never to see her pale-faced love again and undertook a path without destination through mountains and valleys, until she died on the beaches that bathe the Caribbean Sea facing its beloved mountains.
The mountains sympathized with her sadness and her love story and decided to copy her figure and reproduce it on its peaks, thus giving birth to the silhouette of La India Dormida, which all visitors to the Anton Valley admire so much. .
5.- The story of Zaratí.
The legend of Flor del Aire is not the only love story that runs through the Coclesan countryside. There is also that of Zara, daughter of the powerful Nomé, who fell deeply in love with Chigoré, a brave warrior and exceptional hunter.
In the afternoons Zara would go down to the river with her maidens and there she would meet Chigoré to take long raft rides and swear eternal love. One of those afternoons, Chigoré promised her that she would go to her father's house to ask for her hand. As Zara approached the village bathed in happiness, she saw how her village burned and monsters with metal parts outraged and beat the maidens.
Anticipating the same fate for her, she decided to run into the jungle and when she reached the top of a canyon to the highest part of the river, she threw herself into the void to die with her dignity intact and her love for Chigoré, pure.
It is said that later, in that same place where "Nomé suffered", a village was born that would be baptized as Penonomé and that the river that bathes it was called Zaratí, which means, the river of Zara.
6.- The Basilica Minor Santiago Apóstol in Natá de los Caballeros.
This church that took more than 100 years to build is considered the most historically important cultural and religious architectural work that the Spanish bequeathed in Panamanian lands and its construction is not without mystery.
It is said that a tunnel leaves the basilica with five different exits that the Spaniards used in times of the conquest to hide or defend themselves from the natives.
The first exit is located in the minor sacristy, the second in the bell tower, the third in the San Juan de Dios chapel, the fourth in the disappeared Soledad church and the fifth and last in the San Cristóbal hill.
The truth is that signs of this tunnel and its various ramifications have been found, but no one has managed to go through it completely due to its poor condition. The residents of the area say that Victoriano Lorenzo himself used this tunnel during the Thousand Day War to escape the Colombian army.
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