La Palma, Darién

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La Palma
Corregimiento and town
La Palma is located in Panama
La Palma
La Palma
Coordinates: 8°24′36″N 78°9′0″W / 8.41000°N 78.15000°W / 8.41000; -78.15000Coordinates: 8°24′36″N 78°9′0″W / 8.41000°N 78.15000°W / 8.41000; -78.15000
Country  Panama
Province Darién
District Chepigana
 • Land 526.6 km2 (203.3 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 4,205
 • Density 8/km2 (20/sq mi)
  Population density calculated based on land area.
Time zone EST (UTC−5)

La Palma (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈ]) is a town and corregimiento in Chepigana District, Darién Province, Panama with a population of 4,205 as of 2010.[1] It is the seat of Chepigana District.[1] Its population as of 1990 was 11,632; its population as of 2000 was 3,884.[1] It is located at the mouth of the Río Tuira, where the wide river meets the Golfo de San Miguel. The Chucunaque joins the Tuira farther south.


La Palma is the principal trading center for the large sparsely populated region that surrounds it. Plantains, corn, and rice are cultivated, and livestock is raised; there is also some sawmilling. The town is isolated, with no highway linking it to other communities in central and western Panama.