Volcan and Cerro Punta, Panama, Refuges from a Busy World
We took a day trip to Volcan and stopped by this school to see the entertainment. Costa Rican folk dancers performed for the children and we enjoyed watching them.
Volcan is a small rural community that is on the west side of Baru Volcano. Our community Boquete is on the east side of the volcano. Volcan is more of an agricultural area, with ex-pats finding their way there more and more to get away from the higher cost of living in Boquete and other ex-pat communities. I think Volcan is charming.
Just up the road from Volcan is Cerro Punta, a little agriculture community that has beautiful crops growing up the steep hillsides. Onions, potatoes, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, peppers and so much more cling to the mountainsides. As small as the area is, this community produces 3 percent or more of Panama's produce.
The weather is cool, but the sunshine and rich volcanic soil are fantastic for the crops. We enjoy the scenic drive and the small villages of Cerro Punta and nearby Guadalupe. People are charming and the produce stands have such an array of fresh vegetables they look like jewels shining in the sun. It is a rich farming community of big farms and like all of Panama, the small farms and poor live there, too.
When you come to Panama be sure to see the countryside and not just the resorts. Volcan and Cerro Punta are "must sees."