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Boquete
Boquete is located in a beautiful valley with rocky mountain rivers and scenic views, and has a growing expat community of people who just fell in love with the town and decided to move here. Boquete is home to multiple coffee plantations, a good selection of restaurants, a place to practice outdoor activities that range from scenic tours in ATV vehicles to rock climbing, mountain biking, canopy zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, bird watching, hot springs and much more. Walking around downtown Boquete is a great way to start your visit, however many good restaurants, hotels and attractions can be a little outside of the downtown area. Taxi services in Boquete are reliable and readily available; there are no taxi meters in Panama and fares may vary depending on the taxi driver. Renting a car is probably the best way to get around, in terms of convenience and price. The bus terminal is located beside the park and opposite to the fire station.
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Coffee Plantation Visit

Coffee Plantation Visit

Boquete has become one of the most important coffee growing regions in the world with 1600 independent coffee producers and more than 25 companies that process coffee. Boquete, produces the best and most expensive coffee in the world, the Arabic Geisha (Gesha). Besides Geisha, Boquete boasts a wide variety of beans that have won international awards. Here visitors can leisurely sample tasting menus, modeled after Napa Valley wine tours, at coffee plantations. Finca Lerida Hotel & Coffee Plantation: Alto Quiel, Bajo Boquete +507 720 1111
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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Cross rivers and small streams, encounter beautiful landscapes and admire the Baru Volcano from a very special perspective. Some guided tours include visiting a lookout point with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and serene valleys blanketed by lush rainforests. From there you will be able to see the Pacific Ocean, Chiriqui’s lowlands and the Baru Volcano, all at the same time. Some say the rainforest scenery is the main attraction of a horseback riding tour in Caldera. Multiple local companies offer organized tours, one of them is Panama Pathfinders:
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The Boquete Flower and Coffee Festival

The Boquete Flower and Coffee Festival

The event is a fantastic opportunity for visitors from abroad and from Panama to truly appreciate the agricultural importance of Chiriqui. Last year, over 35,000 flowers were displayed at the fair, including orchids from Australia, Japan, the United States, Costa Rica and, of course, Panama. While flowers are the main attraction at the fair, local agricultural produce is also showcased, including potatoes, strawberries, cabbage, and lettuce. The most important of all the produce is the coffee, which is “cupped” or tasted here by local experts. Without a doubt, the Boquete Flower Festival is one of Panama’s most popular rural events, receiving around 100,000 visitors during its ten days, and with the income generated from the fair hovering around the $2 million mark, it is extremely important to the area from an economical point of view.
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The Orchid Expo

The Orchid Expo

The Orchid Expo is an annual event in Boquete that takes place at the Flower and Coffee Fairgrounds around Easter time. Orchid lovers around the world have formed associations and clubs to collect and cultivate these exquisite flowers, which exist in thousands of varieties. More than just a chance to show off their beauty, the expo raises awareness of the threat to orchid plants by excessive logging. Plant exhibits, local handicrafts, conferences and cultural presentations are all part of the Expo.
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The Rock Restaurant Boquete

The Rock Restaurant Boquete

The little town of Boquete offers a good selection of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Since Boquete is an agricultural town, chefs have access to the freshest organic vegetables and herbs. One praiseworthy local restaurant, The Rock, is located on the banks of the Palo Alto River, just outside of central Boquete. The large windows allow for fantastic views up the valley and the fireplace seating area is a cozy spot at night. “Food without pretenses” is their motto and the menu focuses on locally available produce and meats. Steaks and ribs are cooked to perfection, and may be accompanied by artisan beers made exclusively for the restaurant, or the perfect wine. Thursday is All-You-Can-Eat Rib Night. If you’re in Boquete, a meal at The Rock is a must.
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