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John Derry of Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Retreat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
rock climbing Boquete, Panama  – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are many outdoor and recreational activities in and around beautiful Boquete, all year round. For a modest price, you can go on a scheduled activity or tour ranging from zip lining in the tropical cloud forest (Tree Trek), hiking, biking, rafting, whale watching, or horseback riding. A wide variety of such outings are offered by friendly and competent groups such as Explora Ya and Boquete Outdoor Adventure. Rock climbing with world class Panamanian expert, Cesar Mendelez is another favorite. Just ask anyone in town where you can find him, and you'll be pointed in the right direction.
 
If you feel like a real nice simple hike you can take on your own.  Ask how you can get to the 'Pipeline Trail.' Easy and beautiful.
 
Boquete has a wide variety of great activities. Just come into town and ask around and/or drop into one of the tour groups mentioned here and easily found on main street.
 
(Rock climbing, Boquete, Panama, pictured.)
Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hieroglyph in Boquete, Panama, extreme close up – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNot far from Boquete, Panama is the small village of Caldera. One reason that this tiny place is well known is the ancient hieroglyphs that are located near the village. Recently on a Sunday afternoon we were invited to see a rock with primitive writings that is located on a private farm.
 
Looking at the almost perfect circles and the strange art one is compelled to wonder about the message.  What does it mean? Why this rock in this location? What tools did they use and how long did it take make the symbols? One symbol is a bird; several circles within circles and perhaps human faces appear on the rock.
 
The location is of course a private farm in the beautiful hills and pastures filled with volcanic rock just a few miles past the village of Caldera.
 
Hieroglyph in a pasture in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHieroglyph in Boquete, Panama, medium close up – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Penny Barrett of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I usually take people coming to Boquete to visit on a drive around Boquete. The drive is basically a loop because Boquete is surrounded by mountains.
 
First, we go to a suburb of Boquete called Los Noranjos. We stop to buy duros, which is a frozen strawberry slush. It is delicious! Then we go a little further up and I take them to the rock formations made from the lava from one of the volcanic eruptions. Those rock formations are now used for rock climbing. Then, we go to coffee farms where you would see indigenous workers picking the coffee. We also go to coffee processing plants. As we go, there are beautiful flowers everywhere.
 
I also take people to a beautiful waterfall. We stop and take photos in front of that waterfall. A little further down, there is an abandoned castle that was started about 50 years ago by a German immigrant who died before the castle could get finished. The castle is on a little river and it has paw prints of rabbits. You will see all kinds of flowers there, too. It has been abandoned and was taken over by squatters but it still is interesting.
 
Then we go a little farther to the green houses where onions and some other produce are grown. You can also go to the entrance of the national park and if you go up, there is a ranger’s house there. He takes people up the trail of the national park that goes up the volcano. I think that costs US $1. He registers people going on that trail. Then you can continue and come down and you will have a couple of choices of whether you would come back to Boquete to some other neighborhoods, where some beautiful million dollar gringo houses are located. There is a nice little resort there where you can stop by for some coffee. This is pretty much what I do when my car has gas; I take people around Boquete.
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Boquete with a view of the mountains, looking down – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFor me, every time I go to town, it’s the sight of the beautiful village in Boquete that really takes my breath away. The gorgeous mountains are all around and it makes the village look like a charming place from the fairytales. When you get to the top of the mountain, you can see the Pacific Ocean.
 
Finca Lerida, one of the oldest coffee plantations here in Boquete, also has a very stunning view. It has a hotel, some restaurants and a coffee-processing facility. It’s very picturesque.
 
Another place to go sightseeing is Las Molinas. There’s a hotel and a bar there. Out of the windows, you can see spectacular views of the canyon, the beautiful ragged terrain, and the huge waterfalls that fall down the Caldera River during the rainy season.
 
If only I had all the skills needed, I would paint all of these scenic sights every time.
GISELLE SOCARRAZ of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Wow, where do I begin to describe the best sightseeing in or around Boquete?

There is the ever impressive Cafe Ruiz Coffee Plantation Tour, where you can see one of the largest and most beautiful coffee bean fields in all of Central America (and top it off with the freshest cup of coffee that you can ask for-- careful, it's powerful stuff!).

Going North from Cafe Ruiz, you can immediately go the beautifully manicured Mi Jardin Es Su Jardin​, where you can observe gorgeous flowers and trees native to Panama (many of which cannot be seen anywhere else on Earth).

In the road between Boquete and Los Naranjales you can see a simply stunning naturally occurring waterfall.

Not to mention the bird watching available at Finca Lerida where you can bear witness to rare feathered beauties that are drawn to the coffee farms beans and trees.

...and that is the short list. There is much more to see, but I think this should give you a good start!

 

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