The district of La Pintada was founded on October 19, 1848. They say that the Coclé River flowed past from the south and that many peasants and villagers from nearby areas who went to town did their shopping in a small store that stood out for being the only house that was painted. Over time, the locals began to refer to the town by saying, "let's go to the painted house, let's go to La Pintada".

La Pintada is famous for making and selling a local style of the Panama hat called the Painted hat. In the northern area coffee is grown and there are large orange groves. The town has a health center, high school, and elementary schools.


It is 13 kilometers northwest of the city of Penonomé.

How to arrive

  • Car: Take the Pan-American Highway to Penonomé, and at its Simon Bolivar Park turn onto the road that goes past the police station and towards La Pintada.
  • Bus: The bus trip from the Albrook terminal in Panama City to La Pintada takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Light-weight clothing


  • Visit the petroglyphs at Albina
  • Hike up Picacho Hill
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