Boquete, Spanish for “gap” or “opening”, is nestled in the Chiriqui Province at the western end of Panama next to the border with Costa Rica. The narrow rocky basin which holds Boquete was shaped over the ages by the Caldera River. The river continues to run through the middle of town today, providing locals with opportunities for fishing and swimming. The main bridge over the river is also a focal point and gathering place for friends. It offers views across the entire valley floor.
Famous around the world for exceptional coffee, the Boquete green cloud-forested highlands remain home to many coffee growing plantations. Tours and tastings are offered by some of these coffee estates; there are shuttles to and from many local hotels. The climate is cooler here than other areas of Panama, and with its scenic landscape and aromatic coffees, Boquete is a popular destination for both Panamanians and foreign tourists.
XplorMor Team was in Boquete for Palm Sunday. There is an annual gathering of parishioners who follow the priests on a walk through the main street of town to their historic church. Crosses woven from palm fronds were carried by the crowd.