Encouraged by the events that the tourism projects in Panama, rural and remote communities like the district of Donoso look into the future optimistically, thanks to the boost that the government and the private companies give, in infrastructure works just as in projects that include their residents.
“We are thinking of a huge development for the district of Donoso”, stated the province of Colon’s governor, Pedro Rios, before the presence of the president of Castilla del Oro Foundation in Spain, the Duke of Veraguas Cristobal Colon de Carvajal, and the general director of the public companies of the Autonomous Extremadura Region in Spain, Jaime Ruiz Peña.
With the Caribbean Sea and the mouth of the Chagres River as a background, Rios and Ruiz Peña, resolved with a gentlemen’s agreement, to restore the San Lorenzo fort, before the Duke of Veraguas, who acted as witness of honor.
“We have a great potential development over there in Donoso. We have the miner (Petaquilla Gold, S. A.) , from where the support comes from to support the Castilla del Oro Foundation; that is contributing and will continue to contribute with a bunch of resources for these sectors”, expressed Rios.
With an extension of 1,827.4 square kilometers, the district of Donoso is located in Costa Abajo of Colon, and bounds with the provinces of Cocle and Veraguas.
It has a low population density, a little above 5.5 inhabitants per square kilometer, and its head city is the vicinity of Miguel de la Borda, where a rural road reaches. Because of this, a lot of the commercial activities are done through the means of water, while the agriculture is very rudimentary.
Surrounded by the breath-taking forest zones, rivers and beaches of crystal clear waters, Donoso is a district still to be discovered, where the potable water, electricity, phones and the medical attention are very limited.
During his recent visit to Panama, the committee headed by the Duke of Veragua visited the province of Colon, where the illustrious visitor received the key to the city of Colon; besides being declared Meritorious Son.
He also participated of a walk until he got to the monument of Admiral Christopher Columbus, where he placed a floral tribute; just as the delivery of a donation to a group of native kuna Indians for them to buy a sewing machine and fabrics to make the clothing that they wear and that they offer tourists.
The visit to Portobelo and San Lorenzo forts, where the heritage of old glories of the Spanish Empire is still perceived, captured the attention of Duke of Veragua and Ruiz Peña.
It was in San Lorenzo where Ruiz Peña spoke about turning this fort into one of the main tourism attractions of Panama and the Caribbean; after the old structures have been restored to offer lodging, artistic events and the sale of souvenirs.
All this, looking forward to more than 200 thousand tourists that disembark at the Colon 2000 cruise port, whom in the future, touristic attractions in Donoso will be also be offered to
The Castilla del Oro Foundation’s intention is to favor the sustainable development of these Panamanian regions with the objective of generating riches and wellbeing to its inhabitants, for now as in the future. For this, they will turn this region into a cultural tourism attraction of first class, and provide it with the necessary infrastructures to obtain this.
With this first objective of recovering this region within the international tourism map, the entity will promote “La Castilla del Oro (Golden Castile)” as a place where visitors will travel through history and the footsteps of the adventurers of the XVI century and become the new discoverer of the XXI century. In this region, heaven on earth awaits, a fortunate land where jungle, history and beach embrace one another; a redoubt of civilization and culture, where the time has no hurry to advance and that remains unshakeable as time goes by.
The entity will recover the historic memory of this region, putting popular traditions into effect, first nations just as the Spanish ones: from the music and the dances, passing through the crafts, regional clothing, religious rituals and in general, all the folklore and the character that have built the idiosyncrasy of these people.
On the other hand, it will promote a series of infrastructure as: CONVENTION CENTER, HOTEL, THEME PARKS, MOTELS, among others that will improve the quality of life of the tourist’s stay, just as daily life of its inhabitants.