Boquete is a beautiful mountain town in the western part of Panama. It is a popular destination for hiking, coffee plantation food, retirees, chilling out and having some of the best intentional restaurants in the country. Here you will find a city full of great food, some fantastic mountain walks.
Boquete may be touristy and international, but it’s not overrated. At the narrowest point of the land bridge between North and South America lies Panama, home to many expats and an increasingly popular holiday destination. From the vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Panama City to rainforest jungles and little islands that are accessible only by boat.
Mi Jardin Es Su Jardin
This garden is a private garden for everyone. There are many plants and a funky design, as well as impressive views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. The garden is free to enter and there is a caf on site.
Here is a place where you can stop refreshments and stroll through a carefully maintained garden to see and appreciate all kinds of botanical offerings. Several paths meander through the estate, leading you to various beautiful bridges, hidden roads and sometimes bizarre sculptures like a giant flamingo turf ornament.
Hike Volcan Baru
This volcano is one of the biggest attractions for travelers here. You hike to the summit of the dormant volcano for a magnificent view of the area and the caldera and enjoyable walks. While it is possible to do it in a very long day hike, most people wander this volcano for over two days.
Just outside the city of Boquete in the western highlands of Panama is the National Park Bara Volcano (Parque Nacional Volcan Bara). The park contains Panama’s only volcano, the highest peak and several scenics trails.
Take A Coffee Tour
Most of the coffee in Panama is grown here and there are tons of coffee plantations in the mountains. Take a tour and see how coffee is grown and processed. They are pretty impressive and you get a lot of free coffee!
Your guide will most likely also be able to give you a taste of the origins, history. Varieties and structure of the coffee fruit to taste these fascinating and delicious unexpected flavors. You will be able to understand the effects of adequately handling the coffee before roasting.
Hiking the Quetzal Trail
This 13 km long trail starts about 10 km in A minor and ends in Cerro Punta. If you are going from Boquete, go uphill. However, some people think mountain climbing is more comfortable than walking downhill, as the downhill section on the knees is very hard.
The walk takes a whole day on foot, so it is best to leave early in the morning. The trail takes about 6 hours and can be covered in one day. The Quetzal Trail is accessible from Boquete and Cerro Punta. Located in Baru Volcano National Park, you can hike a path at the foot of the volcano. But due to temperature drops and flash floods, you need to hire a guide.
Caldera Hot Springs
Adjacent to the Caldera River is the Caldera Hot Springs, which are a great way to relax after hiking the volcano. If you want to relax and unwind, on the way to Boquete is a place famous for its natural hot springs known for its healing properties.
The hot springs are located on a private farm and four undeveloped pools of mineral water with different temperatures are easily accessible. With so many adventurous and physically demanding tours in Boquete, the Caldera Hot Springs is certainly a place to come if you feel like soothing your pains.