How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

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July 2, 2018

Hi IL, We’re planning on going to Boquete in the Chiriqui provinence to check out local infrastructure. Would you be able to give myself and my wife a few tips on the following? What’s the best way to get to Boquete? Would you be able to suggest a few hotels? Would we get altitude sickness Read more...: How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do

Costa Rica Versus Panama: Which Country is Best for You?

Costa Rica Versus Panama: Which Country is Best for You?

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January 21, 2017

My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I were married in Costa Rica 14 years ago and have been back for business and pleasure almost every year since. We also lived in Panama in 2006 and, like Costa Rica, have returned nearly every year for International Living events, editorial trips, and vacations. So it is inevitable that...

This Couple Chased Their Dream to Panama

This Couple Chased Their Dream to Panama

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January 2, 2017

People come to live in Panama for lots of reasons. It’s one of the world’s best destinations for retirees, and if you’re keen on running your own business, it’s got much to offer. But if your dream is to establish a winery, then most folks will tell you to look elsewhere. David Feinstein and Kersti Landeck are not most folks.

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

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May 29, 2016

To sit on a porch in the tiny mountain town of Cerro Azul is to experience true serenity. That's how I feel as I relax in an old Adirondack-style chair, gazing at hillsides carpeted in green. A single pick-up truck is the only vehicle that trundles past. Though I don't know him, the driver gives me a friendly wave. Earlier in the day I took a mini-hike to a hilltop mirador (lookout point) and caught far-off glimpses of both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Now I sit sipping my coffee and watching a pretty blue tanager swoop around the garden.

The Best of Big City and Country Living in Ecuador’s Valleys

The Best of Big City and Country Living in Ecuador’s Valleys

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December 28, 2015

Getting the best of both country and big-city life is a tall order. But in the valleys that surround Ecuador’s capital, Quito, you can have a country setting with green mountains in view at every turn, little brick houses tucked in amid lush gardens…and friendly neighbors who greet you with a smile.

Country Living in a Low-Cost, Scenic Mountain Retreat in Panama

Country Living in a Low-Cost, Scenic Mountain Retreat in Panama

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December 22, 2015

“From our porch we can see down to the river, where we have our own little private beach and swimming hole,” says Albuquerque native Bob Caragol of his and his wife Irma’s new home. “We just fell in love with the area. There’s no crime and no pollution, and my asthma symptoms improved immediately.”

Five Magical Mountain Towns in Panama

Five Magical Mountain Towns in Panama

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November 24, 2015

You can’t help but feel happy in Panama’s highlands. The views are inspiring, with verdant pines and bougainvillea bursts covering the hillsides. Hidden gems include streams, waterfalls and even hot springs. Not to mention some of Panama’s best flora and fauna…including hundreds of species of colorful birds, orchids, and more. To be sure, Panama is known for its stunning Caribbean islands and popular Pacific beaches.

Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador Saved Their Retirement Nest Egg

Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador Saved Their Retirement Nest Egg

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June 24, 2015

“My husband and I were happily living in Arizona in a retirement community when, in 2008, everything changed,” says Patty Grimm. The financial crisis dealt the couple a heavy blow, and they no longer felt they could live the same quality of life on their retirement income. “We knew that if we wanted to keep our nest egg, we’d have to look outside of the U.S. to live.” Six years later, the Grimms are in the high Andes and enjoying an affordable and high-quality retirement in one of the world’s foremost retirement destinations—Cuenca, Ecuador.