Rio de Jesus, a town in the southern coastal region of Veraguas
One of the first things that catch your attention after arriving at Rio de Jesus is its central square.
The municipal building is located near one of the corners of the square.
The most impressive building in the town's center is the Catholic church.
In the vicinity, there are still some houses, like this one, that conserve the traditional architectural style.
Going back to the square, it has a gazebo surrounded by gardens.
As in many cities and towns in Panama, Rio de Jesus also features a Monument to the Mothers.
At the other end of the square, there is the stage for Mi Ranchito Festival, the largest folk event in the region.
Wandering around the town, we found this house that still has its traditional shingle roof.
Rio de Jesus is the town that serves as the municipal seat of a region that bears the same name. It is located in the province of Veraguas, in central Panama.
The town dates from, at least, the 18th Century. Initially it was named La Ermita. However, legend has it that an image of Jesus was discovered, or created by an mysterious crafter, near the local river. The Jesuits, who were in charge of the local church, interpreted this finding as the wish of God for the town to be named Rio de Jesus, which in Spanish means River of Jesus.
The local economy is based in agriculture, cattle raising and fishing. Tourism has been increasing during recent years, mostly because of the rich cultural offer of the region. This includes many traditional festivities, some religious, such as The Three Wise Men, St. Francis of Paula, Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and Holy Week. Also, a folk festival named Mi Ranchito attracts many visitors.
We invite you to go to Rio de Jesus, a town with many things to offer to local and international tourists.