Boquete and Surroundings



Around one hundred fifty years ago, settlers began to reach the remote and sheltered mountains located at the highest peak of the country's central mountain range, where so far only the Ngöbe-Buglé native ethnic group had lived. There, under the shadow of the majestic Baru Volcano, surrounded by the idyllic scenery, they built their homes and created a place that in time would become one of the icons of Panama: the exquisite valleys of the region known as Boquete.


Over the years the area became a favorite vacation destination and second home for Panamanians. Today, the incomparable beauty of the place and its wonderful mountain climate has earned it international recognition.


The valley is situated on the eastern side of the volcano (extinct for over 500 years) known as Volcan Baru (one of 2 extinct volcanos in Panama), which became a National Park in June of 1976 and encompasses a surface area of 14,322.5 hectares (over 35,000 acres), rising to a height of over 11,000 feet above sea level.




Name: District of Boquete

Surface: 484 square kilometers

Population: 20,000 inhabitants of which more than 1,000 are foreign residents from around the world

Height: Between 800 and 3,000 meters above sea level.

Average temperature: 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year

Distance from David City: 38 kilometers

Distance from Panama City: 480 kilometers

Travel time by air: 30 or 50 minutes (depending on if you take the jet) flight from Marcos Gelabert Airport in Panama City to David. Several flights a day, morning, noon and afternoon.

Travel time by road (Panamerican Hwy): About six hours by car or bus.




Since 2002, the world's retirement population has been discovering Boquete as a retirement haven with low cost of living, perfect weather and beautiful people. As a result, unemployment here is low and quality of life is high.


The major industries of Boquete are agriculture, ecotourism and of course, coffee. Boquete coffee is one of the world's best kept secrets, but the word is quickly spreading that the cool humid mountain air of western Panama produces some of the world's best coffee cherries. Recently, a world record $131 per pound was obtained at auction for a Geisha bean grown here.


The unique eco-area provides recreation, flora, fauna, birds, animals and water features for the visitor to enjoy and marvel at. There are over 250 bird species found in the park boundaries, as well as animals such as the jaguar, tapir, puma, deer, coati, armadillo, rabbit, sloths (both 2 and 3 toed) and monkeys of various types. This area is the southernmost boundary of the sacred Quetzal bird, revered by civilizations from Mexico to western Panama throughout time.


Here are some of the local residents of this wonderful environment:


Howler MonkeyHowler Monkey CoatiCoati