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Paridas Islands in Chiriqui

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The archipelago of the Paridas Islands, is a set of islands in the Gulf of Chiriqui, which owe their name to the Humpback Whales, since this species selects this site to give birth to its young.
The Paridas Islands are accessed through Puerto Pedregal in David and the Puerto de Boca Chica in Horconcitos. Boat rides organized by residents of the area are very popular. In its waters you can see humpback whales, dolphins, and a variety of fish; while the islands are the habitat of monkeys, butterflies and birds.
The Marine Park is better known as the archipelago of the Páridas Islands and it includes the islands Parida (the largest of them all) and Paridita, the only inhabited ones of the whole archipelago, since they contain fountains with abundant water. Other protected islands within the park are Santa Catalina, Pulgoso, Gámez, Tintorera, Obispo, Obispone, Los Pargos, Ahogado, Icacos, Corral de Piedra, Bolanos, Berraco, Bolanitos, San Jose, Linarte, Saíno, Sainitos, Iglesia Mayor, Carey Male and Carey Female.
It is located 447 kilometers to Puerto Pedregal and 3 hours by boat to Paridas Island. The park is located in the province of Chiriquí and is 480 kilometers by road from Panama City. Its surface area is 14,740 hectares of islands and marine waters in the Panamanian western Pacific. It was created in 1994, on the gulf of the same name, south of the extensive mangroves of the Bay of the Dead.
The protected area is known as the archipelago of the Paridas islands and it includes the islands Parida (the largest of them all) and Paridita, the only inhabited ones of the whole archipelago, since they contain sources with abundant water.
It includes insular, marine and coastal areas. Its purpose is to conserve these ecosystems and maintain the diversity of flora and fauna; stimulate scientific activities for the conservation and protection of endemic species in the area, as well as activities of ecological tourism, environmental education and interpretation of nature.
It has a tropical savanna climate with average annual temperatures above 27 ° C and an average annual rainfall between 2,000 mm and 2,500 mm allows the development of tropical rainforests on the different islands dominated by the mary, the oak, the cedar hawthorn, bitter cedar, espavé and corotu. In the numerous and extensive insular beaches where the threatened marine turtles habitually nest, especially the leatherback and the hawksbill, the coconut palms and the beach manzanillo grow.
The most abundant reptile is the green iguana, particularly on Bolanos Island, and the most common amphibian is the green and black frog. In the mangroves of Parida and Paridita islands it is easy to observe the presence of the tiger graza and the abundant manglera warble.
Flying from island to island, it is common to see the woodpeckers, the red-footed parrots, the parrots and the parrots barbinaranjas. In the larger islands, groups of howler monkeys, raccoons and painted rabbits have been recorded. The richness of the sea that surrounds the archipelago with its coral reefs and seagrass beds is the most significant of the national park.
On the reefs there are some formations of the coral Porites lobata and the hydrozoo known as fire coral and they are home to such spectacular species of fish as the king angel, the bicolor parrot, the white tip shark. Definitely this is a tourist destination of our beautiful province that can not go unnoticed when tourism is done ... A place to visit by nationals and foreigners.
Archipelago de las paridas, located in the province of Panama, 6 hours away by car, bears this name since at some time of the year whales come to give birth to their young in these tropical waters and warm for them. You will visit two of the most beautiful islands of this archipelago that are gamez and bolanos islands.



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