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Pajonal Centro, a town sorrounded by mountains


[This is a typical countryside community in Panama, with houses separated by ample yards.]

This is a typical countryside community in Panama, with houses separated by ample yards.


[It is surrounded by the mountains of the Central Range.]

It is surrounded by the mountains of the Central Range.


[Following the hilly terrain, some of the town's streets have considerable inclinations.]

Following the hilly terrain, some of the town's streets have considerable inclinations.


[As in towns all over Panama, the center of the community is the Catholic Chapel.]

As in towns all over Panama, the center of the community is the Catholic Chapel.


[Next to the church, the local school is located. It has been awarded prizes due to quality and innovation in teaching.]

Next to the church, the local school is located. It has been awarded prizes due to quality and innovation in teaching.


[In front ot the school and church there is a dirt square that kids use for playing sports and other games.]

In front ot the school and church there is a dirt square that kids use for playing sports and other games.


[With so much clean air, open spaces and fruit trees around, kids here surely experience very happy childhoods.]

With so much clean air, open spaces and fruit trees around, kids here surely experience very happy childhoods.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2017-04-25

Pajonal Centro is the town that gives its name to the broader Pajonal administrative area in the north of the Penonome region of Cocle province, in Central Panama.

This small town is nested among the mounts of the Central Range. This fact is reflected in the stunning mountain landscapes that can be seen all around Pajonal Centro. This area is well known for its orange plantations that provide work for many locals.

Attractions around Pajonal Centro are varied. Historically, this is the area where the liberal guerrilla fighters of Victoriano Lorenzo, hero of the One Thousand Days War, were based. There are still some of his former campsites that can be visited. Culturally, the town is the center of the area that saw the rise of Cumbia Pajonalena, a subgenre of Panamanian traditional music. Also, nearby Churuquita Grande organizes both a Orange Fair and a Festival. Finally, another neighboring town, Membrillo, is famous for its Belmont stone handicrafts.


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