Boquete is a small village of only 4000 inhabitants, located 1060 meters above sea level, nestled in a beautiful green valley. The sparkling river Caldera runs through the village and volcano Barú raises majestically above surrounding mountains. Throughout Panama, Boquete is known for its cool and fresh climate and pristine natural environment. Many locals from other parts of the country visit this place during holidays. Because of the very fertile volcanic soil, coffee, flowers, vegetables and citrus fruits grow in Boquete abundantly. Coffee farms are an important source of income for indigenous people living in the mountains above Boquete. The Guaymís women wear colourful dresses and are commonly seen in the village. The people in this province are known for their friendliness and they are very willing to help you with your Spanish. It’s a good place to practice your Spanish since only a few speak English.
Volcano Barú is the only volcano in Panama and there is no record of its last eruption. The Barú National Park offers some great hikes to the top of the volcano or along the volcano to Cerro Punta. There isn’t only one crater but seven. At the top of the volcano you will be able to see the Caribbean as well as the Pacific coast on a clear day. This is also the place to be for birdwatchers. If you plan to climb the volcano, you are advised to start early. During the afternoon the clouds are likely to spoil the view.
In Boquete you have a choice of restaurants, (pool) bars, coffee shops, banks, internet cafes, a discothèque and some open air dance floors for special occasions. However, if you like to go out dancing every night, Boquete is not the most suitable option. The only night club in town is open every evening, but mostly visited on the weekends.
In the second week of January a flower festival takes place. Boquete is known for its flower-lined streets and during this holiday season many Panamanians come to Boquete to admire the flowers and dance during the nights in one of the open air dance floors. In November there are some national holidays throughout the month which are celebrated extensively with parades and dancing during the night.