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“Do not follow google map directions!”

Reviewed July 5, 2016

For some unknown reason google maps takes you through Paris of Parita Town up to some point at the middle of nowhere. When we finally got the right directions, the staff of the park told us that many people have gone through the same. In order to go there you have to take the road to Puerto Limón, then follow the signs.
You will get to a visitors center where you must register. There they can explain you the history of the place. It is actually not a desert! It is an "albina", which is a place with a high concentration of salt. They told us that the Sarigua ecosystem is currently recovering. I believe this place could be interesting for some, but not for all.

Thank Jeniffer R
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Road is in bad shape... you have to drive through a garbage diaposal crowded with rats and scavengers....

When you arrive there is little to see aside from a disfunctional solar pannel plant, dried up cracked dirt, dust and shrubs... yes green sheibs.... this is NOT a desert... it is an echo system gone wrong... As a matter of fact they are currently building shrimp farms on it

Don't waste your time and gas... this one is definitely not worth it

Thank Ronald L
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Reviewed November 22, 2015

Drive from Parita a few kilometers on paved road, then left turn on a very poorly maintained road for a few more kilometers. Arrive at a small visitor center with very little to see. We then drove further onto a barren area and then retreated and took another road that ended in a salt mining business. Save your time and energy to visit other more inteesting areas.

Thank BigDogPanama
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Reviewed March 15, 2015

Most people I have talked with have stated that there is not much to see at this park. My take… it all depends in what you are looking to do.

Sarigua National Park is different, especially for Panama. It is the only true dessert in this country.

Considering how much rain Panama receives every year it can be difficult to believe that there is actually an area that receives so little rain it will be a dessert.

First off, remember that the Azuero Peninsula is located in the “Dry Arc”. That means that this area receives less rainfall than most of the rest of the country. But the area where the National Park is located receives even less than that.

All three of us enjoyed the day at Sarigua National Park because we appreciate the beauty of different landscapes. We also enjoyed the beautiful weather. (Again, most people would say that it is too hot.)

The first part of the morning was spent driving around that area. Visited the little village of Puerto Limon. I do not understand why it was name the Port of Limon as there is no way a canoe could even make it up the river here. But it is a very cute village.

Then we went to the National Park. It cost $5 for a tourist and $2 for locals (pensionado discount).

It is truly amazing to see this place. But like I said, we enjoy the beauty of seeing different terrain. Wish that we could has seen the World War II Army plan crashed in the park. Unfortunately, the government does not spend much money on maintain the park.

Buen Viaje,
The International Vagabond

Thank PanamaVagabond
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Reviewed November 4, 2014

It is not a desert more like a dried up ocean bed has trees on the sides and cactus. Just one small lane in center to drive to end. Go to Montuoso forest reserve worth the visit but need 2 WD dirt roads.

Thank Barbara Y
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