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If you are the wayfaring kind, the jet-setter, the adventurous, or the wanderer, then you are invited to join this specially tailored holiday combining culture, understanding, and exclusivity in Panama. Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Chiriqui with its rich flora and fauna diversity. Tantalize your taste buds with Panamanian cuisine, take a sip of its best shed-grown coffee, and be refreshed while enjoying fresh tropical fruits. Take part in a hands-on cooking class focusing on local ingredients and recipes. Be pampered in a charming boutique hotel that will make your holiday one-of-a-kind. Book now and enjoy this remarkable tropical journey right away.
Panamonte Inn & Spa, Bajo Boquete, Panama
This boutique, 3-star hotel is renowned for personalized service, gourmet dining, its peaceful fireside lounge and colorful gardens. Opened in 1914, the same year as the Panama Canal, this property has hosted a who’s who of international adventurers. Renovations completed in 2008 modernized the accommodations without forsaking the hotel’s antique charm. Experience the service traditions of one Boquete’s grandest hotels at Panamonte Hotel. With uniquely personalized care and the dedication of our staff, we will do everything in our power to ensure your experience at The Panamonte Hotel is delightfully memorable.
Panama’s Chiriqui Province is known for its stunning highlands, the Barú Volcano and pristine land and seascapes. Fertile soil here produces a variety of vegetables, exotic fruits, and some of the best coffee in the world. Trout swim in the region’s crystalline rivers, and cattle graze on the Barú’s grassy slopes. Nearby is Panama’s coastline where local fishermen harvest abundant lobster, jumbo shrimp, sea bass, and yellow-fin tuna. This is Panama’s bread basket, offering rich culinary diversity.
Leave early in the morning, spend the day in the sun, return to the Panamonte in time for cocktails and dinner. Las Olas is the option for a comfortable beach front resort restaurant, swimming pool bar and crashing surf. The Panamonte staff can arrange transportation, if needed.
Close to 1000 species of birds make their home for part of each year in the Boquete area. Birding groups from around the world come here annually to count, catalogue and admire the variety of feathered friends. The Audobon Society and The Smithsonian have been tracking migratory patterns of birds through Boquete for almost 100 years. Don’t leave without seeking the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, the most rare, beautiful and renowned of Boquete’s birds (hint: March and April are nesting months and local guides know where and how to find them).
Tours are available at a number of coffee fincas and processing beneficios, from large commercial to small private operations. Guided tours during harvest season (November through February) are a fascinating way to learn about this internationally famous Boquete crop. See how and where it grows. Learn how it is processed. Taste freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee on site, and learn why it is as complex as any wine tasting.
Every January people flock from all over the world to participate in the celebration of Flowers and Coffee in Boquete, Feria de las Flores y del Café, an event celebrated for over 50 years. Crafters from South and Central America display their wares, music plays, people dance, children play. It is a family friendly, high-spirited ten days of merry making. In April, the Orchid Festival draws enthusiasts for these exquisite flowers from as far away as Japan.
For short hikes, long hikes, river hikes, up the volcano hikes, the Panamonte staff will help you arrange guides that will see you safely to your destination and back. The Volcan Baru hike is very challenging, but for those fit and adventurous souls, it is the only place you can stand and look in one direction to the Pacific Ocean and the other to the Carribean! Overnight camping excursions are also available.
Ride through the mountains or along the road.
Natural volcanic hot springs soak away your travel weariness in nearby Caldera. Combine this trip with a horseback riding tour, take a dip in the cold river water near by, relax in the hot (non-sulphurous) waters and be amazed at the flocks of parakeets that land in the nearby trees.
From gentle, lulling rivers to Class 4 and 5 rapids, there is rafting for every skill level, every adrenaline threshold.
Towering over Boquete at almost 12,000 feet, this dormant giant begs the intrepid to hike to the summit or tackle the daunting trail with an ATV. Do not go without a guide.
The nearest airport to the location is Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Willing Foot will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.