Capira, Agricultural Breadbasket near Panama City
The commercial area of Capira is the first thing you notice after arriving at the town from Panama City.
The local elementary school is also located in the town's center.
Many houses in town still feature a traditional decorative style common in Western Panama and Cocle provinces.
At the western end of the town, there is a park that features several monuments. One honors General Victoriano Lorenzo, hero of the One Thousand Days War, that took place right before Panama's independence from Colombia.
The center of the social, political and cultural life of Capira is its main square.
Next to the park, there is the Municipal Palace, seat of the Mayor.
The beautiful coat of arms of the county is painted on the front wall of the Municipal Palace.
Another local government building, the seat of the Municipal Council, is located nearby.
At another side of the park, there is the Saint Isidore The Farmer Catholic Church.
The municipal cementery is located in the block behind the church.
Capira is the name of the town featured in this article, as well as the name of the surrounding county. It is located at about 50 kilometers from Panama City.
The local economy is based on agriculture. Some of the main crops are oranges, yam, tapioca and guandu. There is also some animal husbandry consisting mainly of cattle, pork and chicken farms.
The people of Capira are mainly of mixed Amerindian and Spanish blood, and are considered part of the group popularly known as Cholo. There are also many inmigrant families from Panama's Central Provinces such as Los Santos. Recently, people from Panama City have been moved into the area.