Boquete: Panama’s #1 mountain town
Flowers everywhere, specialty coffee, and fairytale-looking forests!
Why Visit Boquete?
Boquete, Panama is a beautiful mountain town located in the western highlands of Panama, and there is so much to see and do in this charming destination. Here are some things you can expect from a visit to Boquete:
Incredible natural beauty. Boquete is surrounded by lush green hills, pristine forests, and picturesque rivers, making it a nature lover’s paradise. You can expect to see stunning waterfalls, enjoy hikes through the cloud forest, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Coffee tours. Boquete is known for its coffee, and there are plenty of coffee farms and plantations in the area where you can learn about the process of growing and harvesting coffee beans. You can take a tour of a coffee farm, learn about the history and culture of coffee in Panama, and sample some of the best coffee in the world.
Adventure activities. Boquete is a popular destination for adventure-seekers, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, ziplining, and whitewater rafting. You can take a guided tour through the forest canopy, go river rafting on the Chiriqui River, or hike up to the top of Volcan Baru, the highest peak in Panama.
Local culture. Boquete is home to a vibrant local community, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the local culture and traditions. You can visit the local markets, attend festivals and events, and sample traditional Panamanian cuisine.
Relaxation. Boquete is also a great place to simply relax and unwind. You can soak in natural hot springs, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply take in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the slower pace of life.
Overall, a visit to Boquete is a wonderful opportunity to experience the natural beauty, culture, and adventure that Panama has to offer. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both, Boquete is sure to offer something to suit your interests.
Boquete Top Attractions
Hiking enthusiasts will love Boquete. The high-altitude forest is gorgeous and the options go from easy to challenging. Check with your hotel about trail conditions and the latest hiking tours available in the area.
Enjoy a cup of specialty coffee directly from farms that are breaking all the records in value and quality. In their September 2022 auction, Lamastus Family Elida Geisha sold for $6,034 per pound, a new world record.
You won’t be disappointed when going on a birding trip in and around Boquete, not only for the wide varieties of birds in the area, including the Quetzal but also because of the beautiful natural setting all around.
Other activities are available in Boquete. You can go river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, canopy zip-lining, rock climbing and much more.
Where To Stay
“Bajo Boquete” refers to the center of town. “Bajo” means “lower” because it is the area at the bottom of the valley. A convenient location if you don’t have a car and want to be able to walk to restaurants and have easy access to other conveniences.
This is the area alongside the David-Boquete highway before going down to town. There are houses and businesses but because of the road, it doesn’t have the same feeling as the town or the other neighborhoods past the center of town.
Jaramillo, Volcancito, Palo Alto, Bajo Mono, Alto Quiel. These areas tend to be prettier than the town and work well for those looking for quiet natural surroundings, although they require a car, taxi, bus ride, or a good hike.
Where To Eat
There are many good restaurants in Boquete. You can choose from a wide range of options and prices. If you want to try what the locals eat, go to one of the informal “meal of the day” restaurants at lunchtime. They usually have a set menu including rice and beans, plantain, a small salad, and a choice of chicken, pork, or beef. If you are vegetarian or vegan, just ask for the same but without the meat.