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Boquete is a village in Chiriqui province, in the Pacific West of Panama.
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Boquete is known as the "Valley of the Flowers". Nestled in the western highlands of Panama, near the border to Costa Rica. Boquete shares some of the same mountain ranges with Costa Rica, as well as, some of the incredible wildlife and rain forests. However, because it is not as well known, and a 'road less traveled', prices are lower, and it is not as commercial. You can hike for 1/2 a day, or all day, and still have a rare chance to see the Resplendent Quetzal, or a Howler Monkey in the wild. The Boquete Valley is rich with agriculture as well; strawberries, oranges, and coffee come from this region. Volcan Baru, Panama's highest point, is literally the easiest place in the world to see both of the worlds great oceans. The famous 'geisha' coffee, that was sold at auction, for $130 a pound, can be found growing on the rich Volcanic slopes. Adventure travel is a key reason that Boquete, a fairly small town, is growing in popularity for European, American, Latino, and Asian travelers. It is difficult to come to Boquete for just a couple of days and see all that it has to offer, and like many, you may find yourself here for a long term stay.
Popular events in Boquete in the near future
- Hiking to the Top of the Volcan Baru - Though there are other options, but ANAM (Panama's Environmental Protection Organization) has encouraged local tour guides to recommend the more environmentally friendly method of hiking to the top of Panama's highest point. Expert Guides and professional equipment can be found by stopping by the Mirador Adventures tour office at Hostal Nomba. Also, they do their best to match single travelers or small groups with others hikers in order to keep costs low. Notice: the climb is very difficult because of the length and steepness of the trail. Take into cosideration the dramatic change in climates as you summit and be prepared. This is the only place in Panama that temperatures occasionally drop below freezing and sadly two people have died on the top due to hypothermia. Guide is not necessary for hikers in groups, strongly recommended for individual hikers.
- Hike the Quetzal Trail, one of the most famous trails in all of Panama, the Quetzal Trail; so named because it is the home of the rare Resplendent Quetzal. You can hike from Boquete to Cerro Punta (gradual evavation gain), or the reverse. Most hikers though will hike from Boquete to the "Mirador Las Rocas" and then return to avoid the more than 3 hour return by bus from Cerro Punta back to Boquete. It is about a 5-7 hour hike, so it can be completed in one day. Guide recommended as recently repaired trail is extremely hard to follow and if you want any chance of spotting a Quelzal, a guide would be excellent in helping to locate a nest.
- Visit a Coffee Plantation-- 3 to 4 hours: Cafe Ruiz and Kotowa.
- Whitewater River Rafting on the Chiriquí Viejo—Several companies offer 1/2 day and full day rafting excursions and the last offers inflatable kayak docents for all levels on several rivers around Boquete. Rafting ranges from $65–90, kayak $45–70
- Chiriqui River Rafting
- Panama Rafters
- Boquete Outdoor Adventure
- Mirador Adventures
- Zip Line through the Canopy of the Cloud Forest Cost $60 pp.
- Hot Springs Caldera. Hot and Bubbly mineral water right next to the Caldera River! Take a dip in both hot and cold. Taxis currently charge $30 to $36 for the round-trip journey. There are also a few inconsistent buses between Boquete and Caldera - from the bus stop in Caldera it's about an hour walk to the hot springs. After the bridge over the river, the real hot springs are to the left. tourists that take a tour are taken to instead (see photo below). To join what they call the "Hot Springs Under the Stars" tour stop by Hostal Nomba where daily departures to fun evenings soaking in hot water and sharing stories over a plastic cup of wine or two can be had. Remarkable value for guest of the hostel.
- Horseback Riding in The Mountains of Boquete - Add a Coffee Tasting to your Horseback Riding Excursion. The Coffee Estate is 10 minutes from the Horse Farm.
- Horseback Riding in the Mountains
- Boquete Outdoor Adventures (BOA), Main Street, Boquete (Los Establos Mall), ☎ 011-507-720-2284. 9AM-5PM. Whitewater, sea kayaking, multi-sport and family adventure vacations.
- Finca dos Jefes, Boquete, ☎ 6677 7748. Visit Finca dos Jefes and experience the only hands-on roasting tour in Panama.
- Boquete Rock Climbing, ☎ +50767647918. Expert rock climber Cesar takes prospective scalers to an unusual volcanic rock face just outside of town. There is one 5.6 path and several 5.9 paths. $40 for 4 hours, with harnesses and ropes provided. $40.
- Boquete Mountain Safari Tours (The Famous 4 x 4 Yellow Jeeps), Los Establos Plaza (Center of Town right next to Banco General), ☎ 507-720-1147. Ride in the yellow open air jeeps; Cloud Forest Safari's; Horseback Riding; Hiking; Caldera Hot Springs; Coffee Tastings. Also, trips up the Volcan Baru; either hiking or 4x4 driving. Shuttle service to Bocas from Boquete, or Boquete to Bocas del Toro.
- Beyond Adventure Tours, Central Ave. (Main street), ☎ (507)61301414. 7AM-7PM. Hiking, 4x4 Tours, panoramic, Cloud forest, Coffee tasting tours, Hotspring, horseback Riding, Hidden Pools and Transfers to your destination. hikes from $25.
- Mirador Adventures (Boquete), Located within Hostal Nomba www.nombapanama.com (Primera calle oeste, arriba escuela Josefa Montero de Vazquez (One block north and one block west of central park)), ☎ +507 720-2864. 07:00-20:00. Specializing in mountain biking and whitewater excursions. Nightly hotsprings tours, professional equipment headquarters.
- Pizzaria Salvatore (Walk South from the town square (towards David) for about 8 minutes). Enormous Pizza for $12 down to a small one for $6. Various pasta-based Italian options are also on offer. Great pizza dough and cheese & tomato base, toppings vary in quality. US $6 - US $12 main.
- El Casona Mexicana (Walk South from the town square for about 8 minutes.). Very good Mexican food and large portion sizes. Various Mexican folk tunes play in the background. US $5-8 main.
- Zanzibar. This chilled bar offers live music at weekends, and is extremely popular.
- La Cabaña Late night bar, open Fridays and Saturdays only.
- Madre Tierra Restaurant at Rancho de Caldera Eco-Resort, Caldera, Boquete, Panama (On site at Rancho de Caldera Eco-Resort (see separate listing)), ☎ (507) 720-4225. Wine and beer are served, as well as delicious healthy beverages prepared with local fruits and herbs and sweetened with honey - instead of refined sugar.
- Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival, Boquete/Chiriqui, ☎ +507-6519-7876. The open-air Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival 2013 will take place on February 28 - March 3, 2013. It will feature world-class Blues as well as Latin Jazz on the fairgrounds of the Feria de Las Flores in Boquete. Admission is $20/day or $30 for a festival pass.
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