Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Chiriqui

Chiriquí, described by many as the “breadbasket" of Panama, is comprised of fertile mountains and rolling hills, rocky rivers and coffee plantations, pristine beaches and islands with world-class sports fishing and a thriving city conveniently close to all destinations within the province. Located in the western-most region of Panama, Chiriquí is bordered to the north by Bocas del Toro, to the west by Costa Rica, to the east by the Veraguas and to the south by the Pacific Ocean.

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Coffee Plantation Visit

Boquete has become one of the most important coffee growing regions in the world with 1600 independent coffee producers and more than 25 companies that process coffee. Boquete, produces the best and most expensive coffee in the world, the Arabic Geisha (Gesha). Besides Geisha, Boquete boasts a wide variety of beans that have won international awards. Here visitors can leisurely sample tasting menus, modeled after Napa Valley wine tours, at coffee plantations. Finca Lerida Hotel & Coffee Plantation: Alto Quiel, Bajo Boquete +507 720 1111

Canopy Tour (Zip Line)

The Canopy Tour takes you on a zip line of 3 kilometers in total length, divided into 12 different zip line cables. This is a tour traversing a cloud forest of century-old trees and waterfalls, where at any time you may encounter fog and the gentle rain locals call bajareque. Boquete Outdoor Adventures:
Adresse: Plaza Los Establos, Ave. Central, Bajo Boquete
Telefon: +507 720 2284

Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of Boquete’s main attractions with over 900 species of birds present in the area. This is the most accessible region of Chiriqui’s highlands where the beautiful Quetzal bird can be seen thanks to the conservation of the forest and the aguacatillo tree that provides the Quetzal with its favorite fruit.

Rock Climbing

“El Gunko” is what the indigenous people of the area call the strange and appealing volcanic stone formation in Boquete. It is 13.1 meters high and, apart from its unique beauty, offers the perfect conditions for a fast and easy climb for every nature lover. For those new to rock climbing, different routes are possible, with regard to physical abilities and age. Boquete Rock Climbing School
Adresse: Boquete District 507, Chiriqui
Telefon: +507 6788 6789

The Lost Waterfalls Hike

On a half day hike up the mountains in the rainforest of Chiriqui, one can see three beautiful waterfalls, as well as birds, orchids, plants, flowers and animals that are typical of the tropical rainforest. This hike has a moderate degree of difficulty that requires the participant to be physically fit, and includes some long ascents.
Adresse: Los Naranjos, Panama

Chorcha Monkey Reserve

Visit the famous Chorcha Monkey Reserve, with amazing howler monkeys in an indigenous community environment. Enjoy the beauty of these intelligent monkeys as you find yourself surrounded by nature - an unforgettable experience.
Telefon: +507 6275 7085

Horseback Riding

Cross rivers and small streams, encounter beautiful landscapes and admire the Baru Volcano from a very special perspective. Some guided tours include visiting a lookout point with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and serene valleys blanketed by lush rainforests. From there you will be able to see the Pacific Ocean, Chiriqui’s lowlands and the Baru Volcano, all at the same time. Some say the rainforest scenery is the main attraction of a horseback riding tour in Caldera. Multiple local companies offer organized tours, one of them is Panama Pathfinders:
Adresse: Avenida Central, Bajo Boquete
Telefon: +507 6442 6321

Cloud Forest Safari

The Cloud Forest Safari is either a hiking or Jeep tour that explores the highlands surrounding Boquete. You’ll see white water rivers, cascading waterfalls, and all the exotic and beautiful foliage of the cloud forest. You may even spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal on a short hike among the trees. Highlights may include a coffee plantation, an herb garden, and roadside stands where indigenous Panamanians sell their hand-made crafts.


A world class golf course awaits you in the Chiriqui highlands. Designed by J. Michael Poellot, this 18- hole championship course is part of Lucero Golf & Country Club, just outside of Boquete. Bring your friends and teem up for an exceptional round of golf amid stunning surroundings. Green fees vary depending on the season and include golf cart rental, and packages are available. Ask for details at your hotel reception desk.
Adresse: Carr La Estrella, Jaramillo
Telefon: +507 730 8101

The Boquete Flower and Coffee Festival

The event is a fantastic opportunity for visitors from abroad and from Panama to truly appreciate the agricultural importance of Chiriqui. Last year, over 35,000 flowers were displayed at the fair, including orchids from Australia, Japan, the United States, Costa Rica and, of course, Panama. While flowers are the main attraction at the fair, local agricultural produce is also showcased, including potatoes, strawberries, cabbage, and lettuce. The most important of all the produce is the coffee, which is “cupped” or tasted here by local experts. Without a doubt, the Boquete Flower Festival is one of Panama’s most popular rural events, receiving around 100,000 visitors during its ten days, and with the income generated from the fair hovering around the $2 million mark, it is extremely important to the area from an economical point of view.
Telefon: +507 730 9466

The Orchid Expo

The Orchid Expo is an annual event in Boquete that takes place at the Flower and Coffee Fairgrounds around Easter time. Orchid lovers around the world have formed associations and clubs to collect and cultivate these exquisite flowers, which exist in thousands of varieties. More than just a chance to show off their beauty, the expo raises awareness of the threat to orchid plants by excessive logging. Plant exhibits, local handicrafts, conferences and cultural presentations are all part of the Expo.
Åpningstider: The Expo takes place in March or April

Boquete Brewing Company

This hipster fixture is an unlikely, yet pleasantly surprising find in Boquete. Six varieties of beer brewed in-house are complemented by international additions, and there is even a food truck on site. The microbrewery also offers guided tours, and you can sample the beers before deciding on a specific one.
Adresse: Avenida Central, Bajo Boquete
Telefon: +507 6674 4246
Åpningstider: Tue–Wed 3–10pm, Thu–Sat 3pm–12am, Sun 3–10pm

The Rock Restaurant Boquete

The little town of Boquete offers a good selection of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Since Boquete is an agricultural town, chefs have access to the freshest organic vegetables and herbs. One praiseworthy local restaurant, The Rock, is located on the banks of the Palo Alto River, just outside of central Boquete. The large windows allow for fantastic views up the valley, and the fireplace seating area is a cosy spot at night. "Food without pretences" is their motto, and the menu focuses on locally available produce and meats. Steaks and ribs are cooked to perfection and may be accompanied by artisan beers made exclusively for the restaurant or the perfect wine. Thursday is All-You-Can-Eat Rib Night. If you are in Boquete, a meal at The Rock is a must.
Adresse: Avenida 11 de Abril, Boquete, Chiriqui
Telefon: +507 720 2516
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–9pm

Mike’s Global Grill

Mike’s Global Grill prepares Asian, American and International food, pours local and imported beers, and features American football on big-screen TVs. Gaining popularity with locals, expats, and tourists alike, Mike’s has the right international mix. It hosts live music performances every week, and they occasionally have “open mic” night on Fridays.
Adresse: Avenida Central, Boquete
Telefon: +507 730 9360
Åpningstider: Mon–Tue 11am–6pm, Wed–Sat 11am–8pm

Cangilones Canyon Swimming

The beautiful natural canyon within easy reach from the city of David is a popular attraction in the area. Its tempting blue waters are excellent for swimming, and it's a thrill to jump in from a nearby rock (exercise caution). Rocks surrounding the canyon are also excellent for bouldering.
Adresse: Gualaca District
Transport: Bus to Gualaca, plus 1km walk

La Barqueta Beach

This beautiful sandy beach lies only a short 30-minute drive away from downtown David. There is some infrastructure around the beach, with restaurants and other facilities. The beach is also where marine turtles come to nest, which is the reason a Wildlife Refuge was first established here.

David International Fair

The David International Fair draws exhibitors, participants and visitors from all over the country for ten days each year. Agricultural displays, vendors and livestock auctions dominate this country fair during the daytime. All types of retailers set up booths for the fair selling cars, electronics, clothing and shoes, furniture and housewares, and many hand-made items. At night, the fairgrounds transform into an enormous outdoor discotheque sponsored by the beer, seco and rum distributors with booming music provided by DJs. The fair is always held in March.
Åpningstider: March


David is home to the best shopping in Chiriqui, offering a variety of department stores, hardware and electronic stores, boutique liquor stores, pharmacies and large supermarket chains. Travelers and residents from Boquete, Volcan, the beaches and even the neighboring province of Bocas del Toro travel to David to acquire their preferred brands. There are also plenty of street vendors and small markets selling fresh produce all over the downtown area. Plaza el Terronal Mall
Adresse: Vía Panamericana con Avenida Francisco Clark. David
Telefon: +507 6666 0000
Åpningstider: 8am-10pm

Farmacias Arrocha

This franchise combines a department store with a pharmacy in an elegant, upscale design. Each store has individual counters for cosmetic giants such as Estée Lauder, Clinique, Lancôme and L’Occitane. Housewares, school supplies, home décor, toys, baby care items and toiletries fill up the shelves. They have dozens of stores all over the country and the one in David is in Plaza Terronal Shopping Center.
Adresse: El Terronal, David
Telefon: +507 774 8929

El Fogón

This reliable local favourite has been serving up meat, pasta, and many other Panamanian and international dishes for years. It's a casual spot set smack in the heart of David's downtown.
Adresse: Av. 2a Oeste, David
Telefon: +507 775 7091
Åpningstider: Daily 12–10:30pm

Terra Ristorante & Pizzería

One of the latest additions to the local dining scene became a near-instant favourite with local families and Italian cuisine aficionados. Terra serves up excellent pizza, pasta, meat, and seafood out on a buzzing terrace, opening for lunch and dinner.
Adresse: Calle U Norte, David
Telefon: +507 788 8081
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 12–3:30pm, 6:30–10:30pm

Getting Around

You can fly Air Panama from Albrook Airport directly to David, or take a 6 to 6.5 hour drive from Panama City along the PanAmerican highway. Very affordable buses run here from the Albrook Bus Terminal, but the most convenient way to get around is by rental car or taxi, which is reliable in David.

Baru Volcano Hiking

At 3,475meters (11,400 feet), the Baru Volcano is Panama’s highest point. The trek to the top of this volcano is for the fit and adventurous only. You will encounter 4 different types of forest, and if the weather permits, you will be able to see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from the peak of this volcano. If you hike back and forth the same day, it will take 12 hours. It is advisable to camp overnight to lessen the intensity of the hike. At the summit, the temperature can drop below zero. Tips: 1. Take a minimum of 2 liters of water per person. 2. Take food that is light and easy to digest. Good foods to take are cookies, pre-prepared sandwiches, fresh fruit, energy bars, chocolates, etc. Canned food and anything that adds unnecessary weight is not recommended; remember you have to carry everything on your back. 3. Wear light and comfortable clothes, temperature regulating clothes (if possible), as they are lighter to carry in your backpack and will protect you from the very cold weather and strong winds at the summit. Wear a pair of comfortable sneakers or preferably a pair of hiking boots. 4. Trekking poles are a good idea to take if you have any. They will help support your weight during the descent. 5. Between April and December, there is a chance of rain, so if you go during this time, take a waterproof jacket to keep dry. Multiple organized hiking tours are offered by local companies.

Finca Dracula

Finca Dracula is located 2000m above sea level in the lush little charming town of Guadalupe, Cerro Punta, and is dedicated to the promotion of education, research and the conservation of orchids and other tropical ornamental species. The farm was originally owned by Swiss German settlers in the 1920s and acquired by Andrew Maduro in 1969, who engaged in land reforestation. Today, Finca Dracula is considered to be one of the largest orchid collections of the Americas, being home to 2,700 exotic orchid species, of which you can spot at least 124 Dracula genre. Approximately 150 species of orchids unknown to the scientific world have been discovered here.
Adresse: Calle Principal, subiendo a los Quetzales, Cerro Punta
Telefon: +507 771 2070
Åpningstider: Open seasonally (starting January)

Sitio Barriles

The Sitio Barriles site is located on a private farm, Finca Landau, just outside of Volcan. It is one of Panama’s most famous archaeological sites, where Pre-Columbian Indian artifacts and petroglyphs are preserved. The family that owns and lives on the farm provides tours of the property, which has some unique and odd features. This is an interesting and enlightening way to learn about the history of the area and the art and culture of the original inhabitants of the region. Visits are free; guided tours are inexpensive and well worth it.

Janson Coffee Farm

The Janson Coffee Farm is a marque destination of Western Chiriqui. Whether visiting for the exceptional vistas of Volcan Baru from the Coffee Shop, coming for the world class birding, or touring with Lagunas Adventures, you are sure to enjoy your experience.
Adresse: Janson Coffee Farm, Las Lagunas, Cafetales Baru, Volcan, Chiriqui

Cerro Punta

The Cerro Punta area of Chiriqui is the breadbasket, or rather the vegetable basket of Panama. This area is where ninety percent of all the fresh produce in Panama comes from. Strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, potato, oranges and flowers are abundant here. Cerro Punta and Bambito are quiet and colorful with breathtaking views of the mountains and rocky gurgling rivers. It is common to see the local indigenous people walking in their traditional costumes.


Bambito is perfect for sitting by a river with a fishing pole. Sit back and relax while catching dinner or visit Truchas de Bambito trout farm where you can catch or buy rainbow trout.

La Amistad International Park

La Amistad International Park is a 207,000 hectare cloud forest park which straddles the border shared by Panama and Costa Rica, and the Cordillera Central (the Continental Divide mountain range). The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity of plant and animal life here, and the headwaters of several major rivers can be found here. Numerous rare species inhabit the park, such as the harpy eagle and crested eagle, the quetzal, tapirs, five species of cats, several monkeys, and indigenous frogs and reptiles. The park is open to the public and accessible by road. The Visitor’s Center is located at Las Nubes, Cerro Punta, along with a camping area and trailheads.

Haras Cerro Punta

Haras Cerro Punta is a thoroughbred horse breeding farm and stable located between Cerro Punta and Guadalupe. The paddocks are set in the alpine hills, thick with lush greenery and spectacular vistas of the countryside. This stable is famous for breeding, nurturing and training racehorses for Panama and other countries. The 100 hectare farm is home to more than 200 animals and the trainers have produced many champion horses. The family-owned stable is well known for their annual thoroughbred auction and community sponsorship. Tours of the farm can be arranged and guides are on site.
Adresse: Vía Guadalupe, Cerro Punta, Bugaba, Chiriquí
Telefon: +507 7712057

Cerro Brujo Gourmet

A highlight of any visit to the province, Cerro Brujo Gourmet is a rustic restaurant run by talented chef Patricia, who welcomes diners in person and is a prominent figure in the local community. She lays emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients, and changes the menu up seasonally, continuously offering up pleasant surprises.
Adresse: Brisas del Norte, Volcan
Telefon: +507 66699196

Boca Chica

30 miles east of David is the sleepy fishing village of Boca Chica. A rather unassuming town of few permanent residents, Boca Chica has recently started to attract interest from investors and holidaymakers. The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park is a protected area of some 15,000 hectares that includes approximately 20 islands, including the Islas Secas, Islas Paridas, Islas Ladrones and Isla Montuosa. Protected since 1994, the Chiriqui Gulf Park is home to some spectacular wildlife, both underwater and on land, including howler monkeys, anteaters, sloths, caiman, humpback whales, dolphins and several varieties of sea turtles. Boca Chica is located about a 5-hour drive from Panama City. Approximately 40 km before David, turn left to Horconcitos and follow the road to Boca Chica. Alternatively, fly to David and then drive 40 km towards Panama and turn right at the sign that reads Horconcitos. There are limited facilities in the area so if you are planning a day tour bring your snacks and beverages with you. There are a few small convenience stores in town and if you are planning an extended visit, your hotel will provide food and beverage services.

Boca Brava Island at The Gulf of Chiriqui

Most explorers of the area make their base on Boca Brava Island, about a 20 minute boat ride from Boca Chica. Attractions in the area include some of the best scuba diving in the world. Thanks to the waters being virtually unexplored, divers here are likely to see all kinds of creatures from white tipped reef sharks to spotted eagle rays and guitar fish. Large pelagic species are extremely common here, attracted by the cooler, deep waters and the abundance of smaller fish. The best dive sites are found around the Islas Secas and the Ladrones, which also have spectacular snorkeling and beaches. These islands are fairly far from Boca Chica and Boca Brava, so be sure to go on a decent boat.

Sports Fishing

Boca Chicha is home to some of the best sports fishing in the world. Different tour operators can tailor packages that best fit your budget and your needs. The Gulf of Chiriqui is one of the richest marine life spots in the world with over 50 IGFA world records. Depending on the season, you will be able to fish marlin, sailfish, dorados, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, roosterfish and so much more.

Whale Watching

One of the area’s great attractions is the whale watching. Whales are usually seen here from June to October. The sight of such an enormous creature leaping from the ocean is nothing short of spectacular and they are seen here quite regularly. Local fishermen, who also act as tour guides in the area, have an extremely keen eye when it comes to spotting whales and dolphins, so if you’re looking to spot whales, you will be in good hands.

Seagullcove Lodge

This is an exclusive hideaway on a bluff overlooking the water at the end of the road to Boca Chica. The five bungalow cottages are scattered along a slope and face the sea or lush gardens. Each has its own terrace, A/C and satellite TV and is decorated with a sophisticated simplicity. The restaurant is contemporary Panamanian with an emphasis on fresh seafood, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. This is truly a retreat from everyday life and an ideal spot for fishing and other water activities.
Telefon: +507 851 0036

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the majority of European and American (North & South) countries, as well as a number of countries in Asia & Africa, do not require a visa to enter Panama for up to three months, provided they hold a passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry. When entering Panama by land, visitors may be asked to produce an onward ticket, as well as proof of sufficient financial resources to last their stay. You may also need to obtain a tourist card on arrival; fees may be included in the flight ticket. Note that export of any goods made from endangered species is strictly prohibited, and punishable by law. Immigration requirements are subject to change, so please familiarize yourself with the latest updates prior to travel.

Best Time to Visit

The highlands of Chiriqui offer a year round spring-like climate with temperatures ranging between 12°C and 25°C, while its capital David and the beach areas can reach up to 33°C at its highest with an average of 31C° through the year.

Enrique Malek Airport

Also known as David Airport (IATA: DAV), Enrique Malek International Airport located in David with domestic flights to and from Panama City and international flights to and from San Jose, Costa Rica, recently expanded and now has a longer runway for more international flights and a new passenger terminal. Taxis are readily available on arrival. Buses depart to multiple destinations around the Chiriqui Province from the David bus station.
Adresse: Pedregal, Province of Chiriqui
Telefon: + 721 1072


Take the bus through the mountains from Panama City’s Albrook Bus Terminal to reach Chiriqui. Within the province, multiple bus connections are available, the city of David being Chiriqui's primary transportation hub. Public buses may be flagged down off the sides of the road. Renting your own car is probably the easiest and most convenient way of getting around, but taxis are normally readily available (make sure to agree on the price prior to travel). For longer journeys, there are multiple local tour operators that offer private shuttle service. Many hotels run their own transfer services. Panama Travel Services
Adresse: Ave. Central, Bajo Boquete
Telefon: +507 6900 5553


Medical care is generally easy to access in Panama, and the quality of services provided is rather high. Although no vaccinations are required to enter Panama, getting shots against hepatitis A, typhoid & yellow fever is recommended to all travelers.


Correos y Telégrafos Nacionales de Panamá runs postage services in Panama. There are multiple locations across the province, and long lines are not uncommon. For expedited shipping, use private carriers such as FedEx, DHL or Worldwide Express, all available in Panama.


There are no codes for individual provinces in Panama; to dial a number, enter the country code 507 followed by a 7-digit local number. Pay-as-you-go phone cards, as well as SIM cards from local mobile operators, are readily available for purchase.


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