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Dolega and its Tourist Attractions


[Dolega is right next to the modern road to Boquete.]

Dolega is right next to the modern road to Boquete.


[The first thing you see after leaving the road is this statue of St. Francis of Assisi.]

The first thing you see after leaving the road is this statue of St. Francis of Assisi.


[After a few minutes of walking, you will reach the town's main square.]

After a few minutes of walking, you will reach the town's main square.


[In front of the square, there is the St. Francis of Assisi Church.]

In front of the square, there is the St. Francis of Assisi Church.


[The local Public Library is also next to the square.]

The local Public Library is also next to the square.


[It is very easy to navigate through Dolega, as the streets have plenty of very helpful direction signs.]

It is very easy to navigate through Dolega, as the streets have plenty of very helpful direction signs.


[Following those signs, we arrived at the local elementary school.]

Following those signs, we arrived at the local elementary school.


[Many of the streets have lots of trees and bushes, contributing to the town´s natural beauty.]

Many of the streets have lots of trees and bushes, contributing to the town´s natural beauty.


[Another school we visited was the Beatriz Miranda de Cabal High School]

Another school we visited was the Beatriz Miranda de Cabal High School


[As in most towns in the province of Chiriqui, there is a baseball stadium at Dolega.]

As in most towns in the province of Chiriqui, there is a baseball stadium at Dolega.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2017-07-02

Dolega is located at about twenty minutes, by car, from David, on the modern road to Boquete. It is a town with many tourist attractions such as its main square, together with the St. Francis Church. On weekends, many people visit the area, as there are several nearby rivers such as the Majagua, the Cochea and the David.

The town has an interesting history. Its founding dates from the 17th Century, but the zone was previously inhabited by the Doraz Indians. Dolega has been the cradle of popular mobilizations such as The Guaraperos Revolution in 1866 and the formation of the Dolega Batallion, raised to confront the Costarrican invasion of Panamanian territory in 1821. Ultimately, this effort was defeated by the political pressure of the US and the banana companies who forced Panama to surrender the successfully defended territory.

Other reasons to visit Dolega are the local production of sugarcane-based sweets such as raspadura or panela. Also, the town holds several celebrations each year, such as Carnavales, the Patron Saint Festivities of St. Francis of Assisi, the November National Days and the Almojabano Folk Festival.


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