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About kees

For a couple of years we blogged on blogspot (www.panamagic.blogspot.com) about the start-up of our new life and business in Panama. We completed the start-up phase when we received our permanent resident status in Panama in April 2011. So it is time to start a new blog. We want to share with you more information and news about the Western Azuero, and particularly Mariato District, where we live and work. The Western Azuero is an as yet relatively unknown part of Panama. Even the Panamanians and foreign residents in Panama know little about this area. Because it is so unknown, few come to visit. A situation we are trying to change!

Just back from Coiba

…and very happy!!! Our two night three day visit to Coiba was wonderful (yet again!). Everytime I get there, I realise again why UNESCO has designated this a world natural heritage site. The place is just wonderful. We spent moust … Continue reading

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Checking Dendrobates frogs for chytridiomycosis in the Western Azuero

You may have heard that many amphibians are threatened by a fungal disease. The fungus Batrachochitrium dendrobatis is linked to dramatic declines in populations of amphibians. It appears that the fungus has been around for a long time, but only … Continue reading

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Turtle laying Season in the Western Azuero

The turtle season is in full swing. Almost every day, turtles arrive at the beach of Malena to lay eggs and almost every day there are turtle hatchlings to be released. Five species of turtles lay their eggs at Malena … Continue reading

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Fish or Watch Whales off Azuero West Coast

The Pacific Coast of Panama offers some great fishing, especially at the southern edge of the Azuero peninsula and in the remote Darien. At both places, the continental shelf is narrow and nutrient-rich water from the deep mixes with the … Continue reading

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Mariato birthday party, western Azuero, Veraguas

Mariato is a very young district, on 25 June 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the district. This celebration was a typical Panamanian event with a parade through the district capital:  Many people were dressed in the traditional Panamanian … Continue reading

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