Boquete

From Bocas del Toro, we took a morning boat back to the mainland to the town of Almirante.  At the dock in Almirante, a young guy asked if we wanted the bus to David, we did.  I thought the bus station was a short distance from the boat dock.  I asked how much.  He said $1.  I thought he would take us to the bus.  Instead, he helped us carry our luggage out to the highway and flagged down a taxi.  The taxi ride would be another $2.  The first bus arrived and was pretty much full already.  There were enterprising entrepreneurs about that were trying to sell us on the idea of taking a taxi instead.  They ensured us that the next bus would also arrive full (how do they know these things).  We finally settled on sharing a taxi with a gentleman, originally from NYC currently residing in Bocas, for the ride to the town of David where we would transfer to a bus for Boquete.

Boquete gardenBoquete is a town of about 5,000 people in the highlands of the Chiriqui province of Panama.  It is a mountain town referred to as the Napa Valley of coffee and is known throughout Panama for its cool climate and pristine natural setting.  The mountains surrounding the town are very green and rich with blooming tropical plants.  Near Boquete is Panama’s only volcano, Volcan Baru, whose summit tops out at 3475 meters (11,500 feet) making it the highest point in the country.  Boquete is popular with retirees from the US and Canada.  Ten years ago, AARP’s “Modern Maturity” magazine named it as one of the four top places in the world to retire.  We observed several of them spending their Social Security money in the local bars.

A Coati (Ko war tee)With all of the beautiful flowering plants, there are several beautiful gardens in and around Boquete.  We visited one such garden, Mi Jardin es Su Jardin.  The garden which surrounds a lovely home is open daily to the public free of charge.  You’re free to wander the grounds or linger with a picnic, just don’t disturb the owners.  We also visited “La Jungla de Panama”, a wildlife rescue operated by a US ex-pat.  It is small but they have a few nice monkeys, birds and reptiles that you can interact with.

Here’s some of our favorite pictures.  From here we’ll be heading across Panama to Panama City.

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3 thoughts on “Boquete

  1. Great pictures, looks like a lovely place to visit. Monkeys are adorable, I wouldn’t be holding a snake. Looks like y’all are enjoying some great food along the way.
    Just got home from the Amtrak trip to WI. Things were wonderful until we tried to come home. The train was 5 hrs. late due to an electrical problem. We missed the connection. They put us up in a very nice hotel. I finally arrived home yesterday at 10 after arriving in Fulton at 4 am. It was a great trip, much cooler there than here.
    Glad that your trip is going well, thanks always for the updates.
    NGC

  2. Cool animals. I’d spend all day there. Wish there was something like that around here. I would volunteer everyday to take care the the animals. There is one funny pic with Kevin holding an animal by the scruf and the animal looks like “whoo is me.” loa What is up with the different look of the blog?

  3. Wow! I never tire of all the beautiful scenery and the interesting animals you’ve encountered–esp. the sloth. And, oh my, that lunch looked yummy!! The veggies and the mini pizza looked so colorful and healthful. I’ve been wondering–are you able to get healthy drinking water anywhere or are you buying prepackaged?
    Keep those cards and letters coming! lol
    Be careful and have fun!

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