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For the adventure travelers out there, this tourist destination is absolutely the perfect choice for you! Panama’s Chiriqui Highlands have so much to offer to make your thirst for adventure tested to the limit! From mountains to protected reserves to national parks and picturesque views of the shimmering Carribean Sea, this place will surely make you gawk in amazement.
Chiriqui borders the Pacific Ocean and Costa Rica at the western part of the country with magnificent towns and various beautiful landscapes to offer. When you visit here, expect to be blown away with its natural treasures that consist of cloud forests and virgin rainforests that are packed with different kinds of wildlife creatures.
Most tourists visit here to escape the heat of the lowlands and the tropical climates that these people come from since the Chiriqui Highlands offer cold climate making it a completely different face of adventure altogether.
This area is home to Baru, the largest dormant volcano in the town of Panama. To see this huge volcano, one has to follow through the Los Quetzales Trail which not only provides the trekker magnificent views of the volcano but likewise gives you the opportunity to get up close with forest creatures. If you are determined to reach the tip of the volcano, the easiest way for that voyage is to drive up aboard a 4WD vehicle.
Right where the boundaries of the summit is the Parque Nacional Volcano Baru. This park stretches up to about fourteen thousand hectares neighboring La Amisted International Park. There are tons of trail paths to choose from around the park which makes it even more intriguing. It is also home to many coffee plantations and vegetable farms in between tourist resorts because of the rich black volcano soil in the area’s grounds. The most popular of such coffee plantations are the Finca Lerida and Cafe Ruiz.
The Chiriqui region does not only hold one highland area such as the Volcano Baru. There also lies the Cerro Punta and the Boquete. The former is located at the Eastern Highlands vicinity and composes of a valley of the same name. Over time, it has bloomed into a recognized resort town because of the top-notch accommodation facilities and a perfect spot for outdoor excursions. It is likewise valued for its geographic location that’s close to many park, one of which is the Parque de las Madres. Finally, the place is likewise popularly known as a quality coffee producer. You may even avail for additional tour guide trips to the coffee plantation while you’re in town.
River rafting is the tourists’ favorite adventure activity to avail of while they’re staying at Chiriqui. There are two main areas that are perfect for rafting: the rivers of Viejo and Chiriqui. These rivers are just about an hour away from the town of David, the largest neighboring city in the country. If you would love to spend more time in the city, don’t miss out visiting the colonial center where you’ll get to tour the St. Joseph Cathedral and Jose de Obaldia History and Art Museum.
During the months of December until March is the perfect season to visit the Chiriqui Highlands due to the comfortable weather during this period. You may explore the vicinity by doing outdoor activities such as bird watching, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and fishing. It could get extremely cold at night and early morning so the highland are would most likely be sunny and perfect to enjoy such fun-filled activities during these months.