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La Arena de Chitre, a small town in Herrera province


[La Arena still has many quincha houses, made of adobe.]

La Arena still has many quincha houses, made of adobe.


[There are several bakeries in town that offer a traditional bread known all over the country.]

There are several bakeries in town that offer a traditional bread known all over the country.


[The town is also famous because of numerous shops offering locally produced pottery and ceramics.]

The town is also famous because of numerous shops offering locally produced pottery and ceramics.


[So well regarded and abundant is the work of the locals that the province's Handicraft Market is located at La Arena.]

So well regarded and abundant is the work of the locals that the province's Handicraft Market is located at La Arena.


[Even the National Institute of Culture has established a school of crafters in the town.]

Even the National Institute of Culture has established a school of crafters in the town.


[Another school located in the town is the Elementary and Middle School, named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy.]

Another school located in the town is the Elementary and Middle School, named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy.


[There many squares in the town. This one honors all mothers.]

There many squares in the town. This one honors all mothers.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2015-03-15

La Arena is a town at the entrance of the city of Chitre, located at Herrera Province in the Azuero region of Panama. It is an important stop for travelers due to a couple of traditional activities that locals practice.

The first traditional craft found at La Arena is the making of bread. On the main street of the town, there are several family-owned bakeries that offer a delicious bread made in traditional ovens using firewood.

The second activity is the making of clay pottery, including ceramics of high quality and traditional value.

These two activities themselves make a trip to La Arena worthwhile for all our visitors.


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