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101 Exciting Things to do in Panama! - 86-92: Province of Chiriqui

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86-92: Province of Chiriqui

(Believed to be an Indian name meaning “Valley of the Moon”)


86) Go white water rafting on the Rio Grande River in Chiriqui or on the Chiriqui Viejo River with A) Panama Rafters. Half-Day trips $75 plus 5% tax, Full Day $90 plus tax. Lunch, towels and juices/water included.  Class II - Class V  rapids. 720- 2712 or B) The Chiriqui River Rafting Company - a 2 hour beginner trip  (Class II + III rapids) with lunch $85, up to a 4 hour advanced Class III + IV  rapids: $105.  Tel: 720 - 1505 C) Panama Explorer Club on the Rio Grande Tel: 215- 2330


87) Savor the most expensive coffee in the world! Grown in Hacienda Esmeralda near Boquete, their 'Geisha' coffee smashed the world record in 2007 selling for an amazing $300,000 a pound! Panama took home more  coffee awards this year than any other country. You don't have to pay that much to enjoy a good cup. Visit Cafe Ruiz in Bouquete (at the end of town) It has great views of the entire valley. Bouquete Safaris Tours offer  a half-day Wildlife Exploration and El Poco - Coffee farm tour with a cupping (like a wine tasting). 8 a.m. OR 1:30 pick-up at your hotel. Includes water, juice snack, park fees and hotel pick-up. $58 per person, Min. 2  people, E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 6627- 8829, 6613- 1472


Our favorite place to stay is Boquete Garden Inn and B + B. Canadians Jay (from England via Toronto) and his charming wife Susan have recently redecorated this already lovely spot right on the river. RATES $87 -  $99 (plus an additional $15 for a third person) includes a wonderful fresh fruit and cereal breakfast. Great bar out back, beautifully designed rooms - a five star at three star prices. E- Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 720 - 2376, Cell: 6672- 4958


Take in the flower and coffee festival in Boquete January 8th - 18th. 44 gardens, thousands of different flowers and plants for sale. Locally grown, international award-winning coffees.


88) Get wet - go kayaking, white water rafting, rappel down a waterfall and climb up a cliff, climb a mountain or ride a mountain bike with Panama Rafting. 2 - 4 hour trips from beginner to advanced, $85 - $105  www/ E-Mail: rafting@panama-rafting.comTel: 720 - 1505 OR: Adventuras panama 4100 - $125 per person,, E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 260 - 0044,  Cell: 6679 - 4404


OR: Extreme Adventures Tel: 236- 8146


89) Pick fresh strawberries in Boquete. The name Boquete means “a path between two mountains” Its perpetual spring-like temperatures led A.A.R.P. to name Bouquete the number one place to retire in the world and  Fortune Magazine rated it as one of the Top 5 places in the world to retire outside the USA in 2005. The town is wall to wall expatriates with jazz clubs, coffee shops, fine dining and even a Subway.


90) Ride horses bareback on the beach Las Lajas, one of the most spectacular beaches in Panama. 75 km east of David, 35 km east of Horconcitos at El Cruce - look for the elaborate lit- up gates at the highway.


91) Visit Volcan, see Vulcan Baru and both the Pacific and the Caribbean Oceans at one time. Witness the cloud forest, see  the breathtaking beauty of the sweeping valleys below. Continue past David on the Tans- American Highway to  Conception. Turn right (north) to Vulcan and follow the signs. On the way, 15 km north of Conception, stop at Cuesta de Piedra at the Alan Herr lookout (get a frozen yogurt). In town, if you call  Elvia Caballero (Cell: 6476- 8448) she might get you special permit to see the spectacular Macho de Monte waterfalls.


92) Find the Painted Stone under the bridge at Caldera, but first you must get to Jardin La Fontuna and ask permission. Your reward will be secret gardens, a pristine river, waterfalls and pre-Columbian petroglyphs.  Under the bridge you  will find four ponds with temperatures that range from 41 to 50 degrees centigrade. Do not use soap in the ponds, but bring a towel! To get there, take the road towards Boquete. There is a sign  indicating the detour to the right. Past a  resort called Rancho de Calderas, at 7.6 kilometeras you will reach the Caldera River. At 11.1 kilometers you will reach  the town of Caldera. Use a 4 x 4. The road is very rough.  Leave your car parked on the other side of the bridge. Walk four or five hundred meters. There is a door - walk through the door until you find the caretakers house. Pay the $1 per person.


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Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 17:28  

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