Boquete: A Breath of Fresh Air in Panama

After sweating our way through the south of Panama, Adam and I decided to escape the heat, and head to the mountain town of Boquete. What we found was a breath of fresh air- scenic hikes, coffee plantations, and gardens alive with colourful flowers…

 

Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin

Just a ten minute stroll from town took us to Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin, a beautiful garden filled with colourful flowers, koi ponds, and tiny hummingbirds. The garden is located on a private estate, but is free to enter, and is open every day. Visitors can stroll around the grounds at their leisure, taking in the vast array of flowers, and climb the small observation tower for a view of the entire one-hectare estate.

 

Man with umbrella by flowers in Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin, Boquete.

Adam in the garden

 

 

Coffee in Boquete

Tour operators throughout the town offer trips to Boquete’s many coffee plantations, where visitors can experience the region’s world-famous coffee culture.

 

Adam and I were content to skip the tour and instead head to one of the many cafes located around the town. We chose Cafe Ruiz (right next door to Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin). Over a cup of incredible coffee, the proud owner explained how the beans were harvested locally and sold to such high-end establishments as Fortnum and Mason in London.

 

Sign for Cafe Ruiz Coffee Shop in Boquete

Cafe Ruiz Coffee Shop




Three Waterfalls Hike

 

Keen to get out and explore the mountain area, Adam and I set off on the Three Waterfalls (Las Tres Cascadas) Hike (also known as the Lost Waterfalls Hike). The trail took us through scenic mountain views and under refreshing waterfalls, and showed us a different side to Panama, far removed from the tropical rainforest we had experienced so far.

 

Here’s a guide to doing the Three Waterfall Hike.

 

Girl on bench with mountain view, Three Waterfalls hike, Boquete

The mountain views of the Three Waterfalls Hike

 

Got any more top things to do in Boquete? Be sure to share them in the comments!

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