Punta Mariato

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Coordinates: 07°12′32″N 80°53′10″W / 7.20889°N 80.88611°W / 7.20889; -80.88611

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Punta Mariato on the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula

Punta Mariato or Mariato Point (Spanish Punta Mariato) is a cape in western Panama and is the southernmost point on the mainland of North America [1] and is one of the Extreme points of Earth.

Geography[edit]

Punta Mariato is situated in the southern part of the Veraguas Province in central Panama. The coordinates are 07°12′32″N 80°53′10″W / 7.20889°N 80.88611°W / 7.20889; -80.88611.

The cape is located on the southwestern tip of the Azuero Peninsula directly on the Pacific Ocean about 15 km south of Arenas and about 70 km west of Tonosi and roughly 350 km southwest of Panama City.

Punta Mariato is uninhabited and covered by mangrove and rainforest and is part of the 33 400 hectare (8255 acres) large nature reserve Parque nacional Cerro Hoya (Cerro Hoya national park).[2] The reserve which extends into neighbouring Los Santos Province is classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.[3]

The area is hard to reach as there are few roads but the waters around the cape are popular for surfing and recreational fishing.

Punta Mariato is part of "Distrito de Mariato" (Mariato District).

History[edit]

Parque nacional Cerro Hoya was established on October 2, 1984 and is home of most of the remaining jungle habitat in the Azuero region [3] and is also habitat for a number of endangered species.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], North America Map
  2. ^ [2], Visit Panama
  3. ^ a b [3], United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  4. ^ [4], Virtual Panama

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