WHY BOQUETE

Although just 8.9 degrees above the equator, at 1,085 meters (3,560 ft.), the town of Bajo Boquete is cool, when compared to the nearby city of David. A new 37 km. four-lane highway now connects David and Boquete. Boquete River Inn is to the left of mile marker 29.

boquete nature

Boquete is spectacularly set in the lush, always green hills bordering both sides of the valley of the Rio Caldera. Panama’s Central Cordillera (mountain range) is renowned for its’ fresh air, clean drinkable water, comfortable temperatures (rarely more than 30C – 86F), humidity-free climate, prolific flowers and verdant vegetation.

Together, these conditions combine to make Boquetes’ coffee, grown in our rich volcanic soil, rated among the best in the world. Oranges and other tasty local fruits grow in abundance, and there are plenty of fresh, locally-grown, quality vegetables too.

HOLIDAYS

The rush of ‘dias feriadas’ or holidays, starts off with a bang. There are 3 in November alone… November 3, the celebration of Panama´s Separation from Colombia; November 10th, called the Primero Grio de Independencia (mainly celebrated on the Azuero Peninsula) and November 28th, when Panama celebrates its’ Independence from Spain. Big parades, many bands in Boquete.

December sees the 8th as Mother’s Day, the 25th as Christmas; the 31st New Years´Eve. Don’t look for anyone in the bars until after midnight, as most Panamanians stay at home with the family, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year; then go out after midnight till way past dawn.

January 9th is Martyr’s Day, mid-January 12th-22nd sees the Annual Coffee and Flower Fair in Boquete.

February, March and April see revolving dates centered around the Lenten season. Carnival (Carnavales) March 1st till March 5th, 2014 and Easter (Semana Santa) April 17th till April 20th, 2014). In mid-March the Feria International San Jose-David runs in near by David.

THINGS TO SEE/DO IN BOQUETE

Boquete
Tree Trek
Zip platform to platform
through trees
White
Water Rafting
¨You’ll wet your pants!¨

Caldera
Hot Springs
Warm up and cuddle up

Panama Rock Climbing Climb amazing rock formations
Bird-watching – see list at bottom of page ¨Shhh…
Is that a quetzal?¨

Coffee
Tours
See the story on the best coffee grown.

Horseback
Riding
Clippity-clop… Now hold ‘er steady there!

Hike
to the top of Volcan Barú
See both oceans

Hike
over Volcan Barú to Cerro Punta
Work those legs, lungs..

 

BEACHES/DAY-TRIPS

* Soothe your soul in the warm Pacific waters at Las Lajas (1 hr. 50 minutes from Boquete… and/or Playa La Barqueta, 1 hr. away. These beaches are sandy, but lack the shelter of palm trees. Las Lajas offers a few ‘primitive’ places to eat and stay. La Barqueta, although closer to Boquete, is a bit sterile, with few facilities.

* Travel to Volcan and further up the ‘other’ side of Volcan Baru. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant in the Los Quetzales resort. See Panama’s breadbasket, and take in spectacular views of crops grown straight up a mountain-side.

* For a view at how chaotic a border can be, travel to Paso Canoas, the principle entry point for goods (and tourists) arriving from next door Costa Rica. Lots of ‘duty-free’ shops who deal in either dollars or colones.

* Visit Los Cangilones in Gualaca. Unique rock formations provide a great opportunity for kids and adults to jump into the warm water pools below.

BIODIVERSITY

65% of Panama remains forested. That wasn’t always the case, but now, reforestation is taken seriously. The area around Boquete features a multitude of birds and butterflies. Often sighted are toucans, quetzals, the harpy eagle (our national bird), the king vulture, and hummingbirds. Birds are most frequent around dawn. Butterfly sightings begin right outside your cabin; others around our pool.
This country is an entomologist’s delight. Because of its location between the America’s, Panama presents more varieties of insects and birds than any other place in the western hemisphere.

boquete birds

BIRDS SEEN ON/FROM OUR PROPERTY

1. Red Crowned Woodpecker

2. Tropical Mockingbird

3. Tropical Kingbird

4. Great Kiskadee

5. Red-legged Honeycreeper

6. Palm Tanager

7. Red-crowned Ant Tanager

8. Blue and gray Tanager

9. White-tipped Dove

10. Ruddy ground Dove

11. Sulphur-breasted Flycatcher

12. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

13. Black & White Warbler

13. Yellowish Flycatcher

14. Yellow-bellied Elaenia

15. Lesser Elaenia

16. House wren

17. Plain wren

18. Chestnut-sided Warbler

19. Chestnut-capped Warbler

20. Streaked Flycatcher

21. Piratic Flycatcher

22. Social Flycatcher

23. Blue-chested Hummingbird

24. Scintillant Hummingbird

25. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

26. White-vented Plumeleter

27. The common Potoo

28. Tropical Gnatcatcher

29. Broad-winged Hawk

30.Short-tailed Hawk

31. White Hawk

32. Lesser Goldfinch

33. Panama Flycatcher

34. Long-tailed Grackle

35. Red-fronted Parakeet

36. Orange-chinned Parakeet

37. Baltimore Oriole

38. Squirrel Cuckoo

39. Common Paraque

40. Blue-crowned Motmot

41. Yellow Warbler

42. Black-striped Sparrow

43. Chestnut-headed Oropendula

44. Collared Swift

45. Blue & White Swallow

46. Olive Sparrow

47. Yellow-throated Euphonia

48. Whip poor Will

49. Butt-throated saltator

50. Black Vulture

51. Turkey Vulture

52. Eastern Kingbird

53. Cattle Egret

54. White-throated Robin

55. Bay-headed Tanager

56. Swaintan Hawk

57. Peregrine Falcon

58. Tennessee Warbler

59. Summer Tanager