Tucked away on the eastern slopes of Barú Volcano, is the small
and charming mountain village of Boquete. Boquete's spring-like
climate is one big draw; its location up in the highlands means
that it's refreshingly cooler than the tropical lowlands, but
almost always sunny.
The surrounding landscape is primarily covered in coffee
plantations. From October to February, coffee picking season is a
festive time and colourfully clad Indian families come from various
parts of the province to harvest the coffee cherries. Boquete is
also known for its production of some of the sweetest oranges in
Panama; make sure you tuck in while you're here. The area is also
well known for birding; the town being home to an abundance of
birds equal in number to those found in the cloud forests higher
up. One of the most famous is the Quetzal, Guatemala's spectacular
national bird that is severely endangered but has found refuge in
Down on the coast, the unspoilt island of Boca Brava is home to
hundreds of monkeys, nesting sea turtles and almost three hundred
species of birds. There are miles of hiking trails to explore and
the pristine white sand beaches are heavenly.
Among the numerous activities on offer are hiking, mountain
biking, climbing and rafting.