Panamanian Flag
Panamanian Flag

After spending two weeks checking out Bocas del Toro, we then travelled to Boquete by a boat/bus shuttle. A very efficient way of travelling between these two hot spots.

Our boat shuttle was packed to capacity. 17 passengers, 2 crew and everyones luggage, what could go wrong?
Our boat shuttle was packed to capacity. 17 passengers, 2 crew and everyone’s luggage, what could go wrong?
The shuttle bus which took us from Bocas del Toro to Boquete. $30US per person for the 20km boat ride off the island and 180km bus ride. Pretty reasonable deal for just under 5 hours of travel.
The shuttle which took us from Bocas del Toro to Boquete. $30US per person for the 20km boat ride off the island and 180km bus ride. Pretty reasonable deal for just under 5 hours of travel.
Welcoming view at the bus station in Boquete.
Welcoming view at the bus station in Boquete.

We were fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days in Boquete, Panama. Much to our chagrin however we had to depart before we wished due to our only reserving four nights there. We were able to rest our heads in a lovely B&B called  Boquete Guest House just outside of Boquete. It is run by a wonderful couple, Joan and Ben, who are fantastic hosts. At first we were a bit concerned as it is 5.7km from the B&B to the centre of Boquete, but Joan assured us that either a cab would come by or a local would just pick us up and drive us into town if we just started walking. I am normally not inclined to just wonder if a ride would appear or not, but I have to admit the longest distance we walked before getting a ride every day we headed to town was 500 metres. The second day this local fellow even gave us a brief tour around town after driving us in, to point out some of his favourite restaurants. As well, the taxis are very reasonable. It was $1.50US per person for a taxi between the B&B and town centre. The only thing you had to be aware of is that there was an excellent chance you would be sharing the taxi with some local customers as well. The most crowded we experienced was heading into town and every time the driver passed someone walking he would pick them up, until we had a total of six people packed into the little Toyota Tercel.

One of the "Hidden Waterfalls" we hiked up to.
One of the “Hidden Waterfalls” we hiked up to.
At the turn around point of the Hidden Waterfall hike.
At the turn around point of the Hidden Waterfall hike.

As well as walking around and checking out the lovely townsite of Boquete, we also took in a couple of tours. The first was to what was called the Hidden Waterfalls. If I was going again I would skip this one. It is a very short hike into the first two falls, 2.7km round trip. There is a third waterfall further in, however from the first time the guide started talking about the trip in town until we were actually at the second waterfall he was harping on how hard the third waterfall was to get to and how it was the least impressive and smallest of the three. I would be surprised if he has actually been up there since he has started using that spiel.

After finding our own lunch in town, the afternoon got better with a trip to the Mini Canyon and then to the Hot Springs. Both were interesting side trips and provided us with the opportunity to get wet in either refreshingly cool waters or wonderful hot springs.

I've been told I'm getting too thin so I decided to make an effort to bulk up a bit.
I’ve been told I’m getting too thin so I decided to make an effort to bulk up a bit at lunch.
The entrance to the mini canyon. A very popular place for local youth.
The entrance to the mini canyon. A very popular place for local youth.
Karen during her 4 metre descent off the top of the mini canyon.
Karen during her 4 metre descent off the top of the mini canyon.
Surfacing after my plunge into the creek.
Surfacing after my plunge into the creek.

The other tour we did was to hike the Quetzal Trail. This starts with a 2 hour bus ride to the trail head then a hike of about 10km, depending on where you get dropped off. It is a wonderful walk with some fairly impressive elevation changes. The jungle forest is beautiful and there are some impressive views to be had. We did not see any quetzals, or any other wildlife for that matter, but it was still a great hike. Unfortunately it ended on a bit of a poor note when one of our group stumbled near the end and gashed his forehead open fairly severely. However the guide handled the situation reasonably well and they had a 4×4 in to help him get out in a surprisingly short time.

Sign at the Ranger station at the north trail head.
Sign at the Ranger station at the north trail head.
Peaceful place for a rest along the Quetzal Trail.
Peaceful place for a rest along the Quetzal Trail.
Karen negotiating the creek crossing.
Karen negotiating the creek crossing.
Total immersion in the forest was fantastic.
Total immersion in the forest was fantastic.
Scenic creek near the south trail head of the Quetzal Trail just outside of Boquete
Scenic creek near the south trail head of the Quetzal Trail just outside of Boquete
Enjoying the sights along the Quetzal Trail.
Enjoying the sights along the Quetzal Trail.

We were sorry to leave Boquete so soon. It is a testament to it’s popularity that we were unable to get a reasonable room on short notice after our time at the B&B was finished. From here it was on the bus and onward to David in search of our next destination.

Comfortable if not somewhat rustic transportation from Boquete.
Comfortable if not somewhat rustic transportation from Boquete.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

5 comments on “Boquete, Panama

  1. Lawrence Shaw

    Nice shots of the water falls and streams

  2. Looks beautiful but you must be missing the snow by now …😉

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