Boquete Panama is one of the highlights of a trip to this diverse country. Not really a town as such, Boquete is a huge district spanning 488 square kilometers.
However, most of the action is centred around a short but busy central high street.
A single dual-carriage highway runs up through the valley from David to Boquete. On the map, this route looks like it may offer an interesting hike up into the highlands. In reality, this isn’t the case: The distances are much further than they appear and the walking, so close to the fast and busy highway, can be hazardous.
In the centre of Boquete town, the highway narrows to a simple street. However, for such a narrow street there are lots of gigantic and noisy American-style trucks constantly passing through.
There is little in the way of regular buses in Boquete. The accepted mode of transport is the yellow taxis, which often wait to take multiple passengers. They are not too expensive for short journeys. Count on around $5 for a 7km trip.
A trip up to the Pipeline or Waterfall trail trekking areas will cost considerably more – and you’ll have to arrange your transport back.
Getting transport from Boquete to Bocas Del Toro, David or Santa Catalina can be arranged through the Hello Travel bus shuttle company.
There are variety of eating places in Boquete, ranging from cheap, canteen-style cafes to high-end restaurants. The best meal we had in Boquete – by far – was at the Colibri restaurant. In fact for service, quality and food this was probably the best meal we had in our entire Panama trip.
The main courses cost around $15 and the wine prices were reasonable.
By far the worst place we ate in Panama was also in Boquete.
Mike’s Global Grill served me the most disgusting chille con carne I’ve ever tasted.
Yes, it was cheap, so maybe we just got what we payed for.
For breakfast and lunches, the best place we found for pastries, sandwiches and coffee was the Sugar & Spice on the main highstreet.
If its just a quick meal you’re after, along the highstreet there are 2 or 3 buffet-style canteens where you can eat well and cheaply.
Boquete Panama – What to Do
Since there is very little to do in Boquete town, we spent much of our time in the Boquete Mountain Safari tours office. browsing through and booking their half-day tours.
Although these activities added considerably to our overall budget, they offered some unique experiences in world-class locations.
There is a wide choice of activities at the Tours office, catering to all tastes. These include:
♦ Coffee Tours
♦ White Water Rafting
♦ Rock Climbing
♦ Panoramic Jeep Tours
♦ Waterfall Rappeling
These tours generally cost between $25 and $65 per person.
During our 3-day stay, we experienced the Finca La Milagrosa Coffee Tour, ziplining at the Boquete Tree Trek mountain resort, and Waterfall Rappeling at the Ja Wakta waterfalls in the forest just outside of Boquete.
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