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Located on the green highlands in the province of Chiriquí, the small mountain town of Boquete has become a popular destination for visitors and expats seeking cooler weather. With great restaurants, plenty of outdoor activities, a volcano, a river and mountain forests, Boquete offers an alternative to the tropical environment found in the rest of the country. Here are the best things to see and do in Boquete, brought to you by Culture Trip.
The volcanic soil of Boquete, combined with a humid climate and fresher temperatures, offers perfect conditions for growing some of the world’s most prestigious varieties of coffee. Go on a personalized tour at the Finca Dos Jefes, one of the most famous coffee plantations in Boquete, and learn about traditional organic coffee farming.
Co-owned and run by Charlie Collins, one of Panama’s celebrity chefs, the restaurant of the Hotel Panamonte in Boquete is among the best restaurants in the country. A pioneer of Panamanian nouvelle cuisine, Collins is an advocate of bringing food from the garden directly to the table.
The Barú Volcano is one of the top attractions when visiting Boquete. Though the hike to the summit is very challenging, the view is absolutely unique. The top is one of the few places in the world where both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans can be spotted simultaneously.
With a large expat community living in Boquete all year round, the town has developed a vibe of its own, with lots of international restaurants, cafés, yoga studios and hotels. The Tuesday Market, held at a local theater, gives a good sense of Boquete’s eclectic community. Featuring arts, crafts, jewelry and organic food, the market is an fascinating microcosm of Boquete.
Panama’s Chiriquí Viejo River provides the ultimate rafting experience for people of all skill levels. Learn some basic rafting skills with expert local guides before descending the river. During the ride, be prepared to discover some of the region’s incredible landscapes, as well as some unique wildlife.
Located in the Barú Volcano National Park, the Quetzal Trail is named after Panama’s majestic birds, the quetzals. The route skirts the Baru Volcano and is one of the most popular hikes for people visiting Boquete. Visitors are strongly advised to hire a local guide as the road can be hazardous, with precipices, sudden river surges and falling temperatures at night.
Boquete Bees is a small organic honey production farm in Boquete. Employing indigenous families, Boquete Bees produces over 40 varieties of honey using only natural ingredients. You can learn all of this and more during a Honey and Bee tour, during which you will get a chance visit the farm, taste the honey and learn about the importance of bees in our lives.
Thanks to the great success of world-renowned Panamanian musician and composer Danilo Pérez, Panama has become a magnet for jazz. Every February, the Jazz & Blues Festival in Boquete brings together national and international artists. Come and discover some of the world’s best talent at the biggest music event in the Province of Chiriquí.
View the forest from above by sliding down a network of ziplines at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort. Built on one of the best spots of Chiriquí’s Highlands, the resort is located on a 40-hectare private nature reserve, with miles of hiking trails, rivers and waterfalls, as well as the famous “tree trek.”
Go on a hike to discover the Lost Waterfalls in Boquete on the slopes of the Barú Volcano and enjoy some of the best views of the area. The walk offers great birdwatching opportunities, with hundreds of species living in the surroundings, including the endangered quetzal.