a hidden tourist treasure in Veraguas
Pixvae is a small fishing village in the province of Veraguas, located on the Pacific coast of Panama, approximately 220 km southwest of Panama City. The village has about 400 residents and is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and rich wildlife.
The name Pixvae (although written “pixbae”) comes from the Guna language and means “peach palm tree”. The peach palm tree is a common sight in the area and its fruit is a popular food in Panama.
Unexplored, magical, simple place
Pixvae is off the grid, with no phone signal or electricity. People live a simple life here, following the natural rhythm of the sun. The most common form of transportation is by horse.
The surrounding area is a nature paradise, with hidden beaches, caves, and waterfalls. Pixvae is also the closest mainland access point to Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Closest place to Coiba National Park
Coiba National Park is the largest marine park in Central America and is home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, dolphins, and whales. The park is also a major nesting site for sea turtles.
The park was established in 1992 to protect its unique biodiversity. However, the area was previously used as a prison colony from 1919 to 2004. The prison was closed due to human rights abuses.
Today, Coiba National Park is a popular destination for eco-tourism. Visitors can go scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking in the park. They can also learn about the park’s history and conservation efforts.
Things to do in Pixvae and Coiba National Park
Go for a hike in the rainforest:
We’ll arrange your visit with local guides who will bring you to trails in the middle of the jungle, visit waterfalls and caves that are kept almost a secret.
Visit the hidden beaches:
As Pixvae’s touristic potential just unlocked with the construction of the new road, there are many beaches where you can enjoy crystal clear waters and almost no one around.
Go kayaking or canoeing in the mangroves:
As Pixvae is located within the buffer zone of Coiba National Park, conservation is key and part of the daily live of locals. Mangrove kayaking will let you see first hand how these places are bursting with life.
Scuba diving or snorkeling in Pixvae’s crystal clear waters:
Pixvae’s surrounding water have a unique color and are completely clear for a beach in the Pacific. Enjoy your adventure surrounded by dolphins, whales, stingrays, sharks, fishes, turtles, coral reefs and the huge biodiversity of the zone.