Chiman is a remote historic port town on Punto del Credo (in English “Point of Belief”) along the Pacific Coast of Panama about half way between Playa de Muerto in the Darien Province and Panama City. This quaint, seaside village with a population around 800, is only accessible by boat and rough motorbike trails that lead into the surrounding forest and mountains, eventually meeting Highway 1, also known as the Pan-American Highway. Without many outside links, Chiman remains off the beaten path for both tourists and Panamanians.
Chiman, or Chimon, gets its name from the English “Shimon” or “Simon”, after Saint Peter who was also known as Simon Peter and the Patron Saint of Fisherman. This fits well with the town as one of its main sources for revenue and sustenance is fishing. Another point of interest is the picturesque Spanish colonial church fort, La Colonial Iglesia Fortin de Chiman, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2005 by Act no 35. The Act speculates that its unique architecture was designed for defense to protect the Spaniards from native Indian attacks, making it the only church-fort in Panama. Chiman is also home to a police station, a medical post and several rustic restaurant bars.