Cerro Punta is on the west side of Volcan Baru at an altitude of 1980m. Hiking for Volcan Baru and the National Park Amistad starts here. The trail of Quetzals is better accessed from Cerro Punta than from Boquete. The town has lovely views and a cool climate. It is less visited than Boquete. It is a very pleasant highland resort among coffee...more
Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama
Good for: Business
The beautiful flower gardens of this private residence cover an immense area and are so colourful and nicely manicured that you don't want to leave. They have planted all the endemic plants and flowers and are taking excellent care of them. As they are open to the public they are visited by big groups of locals coming in buses. There are wooden...more
If you're feeling brave and adventurous, this cantina in downtown David is quite good to beat the heat and recharge yourselves over a few drinks.Literally a few steps off the main square. AC full blast, tinted windows, multi TV's with sports channels on, football decor. Place is small, but quite clean. We went there a few times last month in fact....more
1 Calle Central, David, Panama, 0426-00037, PA
Good for: Couples
This was the first place we hit after checking in at Hotel Iris.Located on the second floor of the hotel, it has a separate street level entrance to the right of the hotel entrance. Prices were very reasonable. We had breakfast and dinner there a few times in our past visits. There you would find both westerners and locals enjoying drinks and...more
All you need is a bathing suit, sun creams and sometimes a mosquito repellent (usually needed during low tide) Medicines are hard to find on the spot. Bring the usual ones + an afterbite pen (just in case) The beach and its surrounding are just too beautiful to miss!!!Higly recommended: photo equipment to catch the stars reflection on the shore...more
SURF: Las Lajas Beach is ideal for beginners as its shore is rock-free and the currents are not too strong. During the summer (December-April) the waves are smaller than in winter time(May-November).KITESURF: the uncrowded shore and windy environment fits this sport well.HORSEBACK RIDING: it is possible to rent a horse from local farmers.FISHING:...more
For the fearless only: a walk through a canal cut into the mangoves' roots (into the water up to the waist). For safety reasons this tour can be done during low tide only and with a local as a guide (no specific organized tours available). Itinerary:Crossing a pasture land (with free young bulls and high grass), walking along the mangrove canal,...more
Alto de Panamá
Chiriqui provence is where the food is grown and this is what you will have. Fresh fish, organic fruits and vegetables. No excesses, so a perfect spa town on top of being a perfect place to learn Spanish bar none. Cerviche and corvina.more
Don't bring anything fancy. This is not Manhattan, thank God.This is real life in a remote village of human interest to those of us who still have our humanity in tack. Remember, this is the tropcis. Bring only what can be dried on an outdoors clothe lines. Yes, they still have them there. During rainy season, bring an umbrella. It is easy to...more
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