Purio is a village in western Panama located on the Azuero Peninsula between the towns of Las Tablas and Pedasi. Most people drive right past it and don’t even know it exits. This is in the heart of Los Santos Province, one of the most traditional provinces in Panama. The best way to get here is by bus from the National Terminal in Panama City. The bus will go as far as Las Tablas. From there you will need to hire a small van to take you to Purio. Normally the van will be taking passengers all the way to Pedasi near the tip of the Azuero Peninsula, but will swing into Purio and drop you off at the church.
Purio is small, clean and quaint. Here, everybody knows everybody. Even if you’ve visited in the past, there will be someone that will remember you. Many of the homes used to be made out of mud and straw. But over the years, these have been replaced by cinder-block. Near the church is a large cantina where you will certainly hear the campesinos as they are having fun or playing dominoes. The villagers are extremely friendly and will go out of their way to help you. There used to be an outdoor earth-oven that was used for bread making, but this has now been built around.
Although there are not a lot of attractions in Purio itself, it’s certainly refreshing to get off the beaten path for a while and relax.
Church in Purio