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

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 .e.g what’s the elevation like there?
Could you suggest a local tour company?
What do you think are some good things to do in Boquete?
Regards,
Daniel & Charlotte

What’s the best way to get to Boquete?

nanette witmer boqueteThere are a few ways to get to Boquete. You can fly from Panama City to the David airport then either take the local bus to Boquete or rent a car at the airport. The flight from Panama City to David takes about 40 minutes and the drive to Boquete takes about 30. Or you can take the Panama City bus to David which you get at the Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City. The bus trip takes about 7 hours, you can then elect once you are in David to again rent a car at the airport or other local rental places or take another bus to Boquete.

Would you be able to suggest a few hotels?

There are many hotels in the Boquete area. You might check some of these out online for prices. Within walking distance to the downtown area you will find: The Panamonte, The Oasis, Hotel Valle del Rio, and Hotel Isla Verde. There are several other hotels just on the outskirts of the town which include, The Inn at Palo Alto, Cabanas Villa San Miguel, Casa Alegria Bed and Breakfast, Casa de Montana Bed and Breakfast, Valle Escondido, Riverside Inn and Boquete Garden Inn.

Would we get altitude sickness .e.g what’s the elevation like there?

You won’t get altitude sickness as the elevation of Boquete is only 3900 ft.

Could you suggest a local tour company?

There are several local tour companies depending on what you want to do. Boquete Outdoor Adventures, a1 Private Tours Boquete,  Boquete Mountain Safari, and Beyond Adventure Tours.

What do you think are some good things to do in Boquete?

There are lots of things to do in Boquete. A must is to check out the Tuesday market at the BCP community center which is across the bridge on the right. Nine until noon on Tuesday this place is great to meet locals and expats, see what is available and have some fun. You can also take a coffee tour with one of the coffee growers in the area. You can learn about all the native plants by taking a tour with Cloud Forest Botanicals.

If you are into hiking, then get a guide and do the Quetzal Trail over Volcan Baru or hike the Pipeline trail. To just get out of town to see some scenery you can take the loop drive from the end of town going up road 41 which takes you past Los Ladrillos (climbing wall) and continues alongside the river past a waterfall up and over and back into town. You can also do horseback riding, golf, fishing, zip lining, and rafting. In town there are 76 restaurants to check out many of which have local bands playing in the evenings.

If you want to venture further away you can take tours to Boca Chica and the islands, spend the day at Las Lajas beach, take a dip in the Caldera hot springs, take a day trip to the town of Volcan or take an overnight or two to Bocas del Toro.

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