Boquete is one of the most popular places to visit in Panama. Its higher elevation means milder temperatures, but it’s still warm. Because of its environment, Boquete has ideal conditions for growing coffee and appeals to those who want to explore nature. The pictures looked gorgeous, so we knew we’d be visiting Boquete on our Panama vacation. Here’s what we did in Boquete.
Boquete coffee tour
Andy took a coffee tour when we were in Antigua, Guatemala but I didn’t go. So this time, we took a tour to learn about coffee in Panama, and it was really interesting. The guide showed us all the steps from growing the beans to how they’re cleaned and processed and how they’re roasted. He also told us interesting things like how certain plants are placed next to the coffee plants because the bugs would rather eat them, and it acts like natural pest control for the coffee plants.
Boquete canopy tours
Taking one of the many canopy tours is another popular Panama activity, and Boquete seemed like the perfect place for it. We were driven from the center of town up through windy, bumpy mountain roads until we reached Boquete Tree Trek.
The canopy tours involve walking through the woods and along several hanging bridges. We also had to walk up several sets of stairs at the beginning to get to the start of the path. But once we got to the path and the bridges, it was lots of fun. The forest, stream, and waterfalls were all gorgeous. Since it’s a tropical setting and even higher up than the town of Boquete, it was misty and even lightly raining most of the time we were there, so come prepared.
Where to stay in Boquete
If you’re visiting Boquete, you’ll find accommodations of all levels, so if you’re a budget traveler, there are plenty of hostels and guesthouses. Our tastes have changed over the past few years, so we chose someplace a little nicer.
We found a bed and breakfast called Casa de Montaña, and it was fantastic. The bed had a memory foam mattress and was super comfortable. The owners were really sweet and helpful, and they were great about accommodating me with my dietary restrictions since breakfast was included.
They also had a little social hour every day in the early evening that included a free drink. Since it was a small place, it was a nice chance to chat with other guests, and it ended up being lots of fun.
It’s not in the center, which means there’s pretty scenery all around, but it also means a bit of a walk to get to restaurants. It’s not too far, but if you don’t want to walk, a taxi is only a few dollars.
This was one of the best hotels Andy and I stayed at the entire month we were in Central America, and I highly recommend it.
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