MORE THAN JUST MOUNTAINS AND WATERFALLS IN BOQUETE, PANAMA

I am absolutely in love with Boquete, Panama! It was the perfect spot for any adventure seeker like myself. I’ve always been a huge mountain person so this was the perfect change of scenery from Bocas for me. With so many different things to do in Boquete, this place is easily ranked high on my list of recommended places to visit. I was only traveling through Boquete for a couple of days but I fell in love immediately. So here are some of my recommended things to do in Boquete, Panama.

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Climb Volcano Baru

One of Boquete’s main tourist attractions is the massive Volcano called Baru. A lot of people just make it to Boquete to climb the volcano then leave. Unfortunately, with timing, it didn’t work out for me to climb it, but I still want to put it as a “top thing to do”. You can climb the volcano either on your own, with a tour group, or you can do a tour that drives up to the mountaintop at sunrise (this is the tour that I wanted to do originally, but it rained for many days beforehand and the trails were closed and cars couldn’t drive through). The hike takes around 8 hours to do, but I’ve heard as little as 5 or as long as 12. But if you love hiking it’s definitely something you should consider.

Relax in the Caldera Hot Springs

After hiking all day you probably want to relax a bit, I know I sure would. These are some of the coolest hot springs I’ve ever been to. Like most hot springs, they are thermal, but the heat comes from the neighboring volcano (yep the one you just hiked). It’s a bit of a hike to get there, though not as intense like the volcano, but you do have to walk through gravel, a wooden bridge, quite possibly over someone backyard, but it’s totally worth it once you do get there.

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Get more adventure on at Panama rock climbing

And again, another cool formation that was made thanks to volcano Baru. This is the only rock-climbing wall in the entire world that was formed by a volcano. An American man was going rock climbing and he stumbled upon this formation, he ended up cleaning off the rock and not only brought the rock climbing movement into Panama but also a tourist attraction as well. Today the wall is great to go see for anyone, those that are adventurous and want to climb or those just looking for pretty pictures.

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Los Cangilones de Gualaca

Ok, this was probably my favorite thing in all of Boquete. These canyons are stunning with a river in between them and you can go cliff jumping into the river from the canyons. Then when you’re in the river you can go rock climbing on the canyons or watch the locals showing off their skills. It was super neat to see and a great way to challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve never been real rock climbing, this was a first to me, and at first, I struggled so much but with motivation and help from the locals I ended up climbing two of the walls. I loved pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

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Experience the local flavors with ToursBQT

This is probably the best tour in all of Boquete. The Boquete Essentials tour takes you into all the right places of Boquete. You get to see the beautiful waterfalls, taste local honey and coffee, try local liquors, and finally go to a local animal rescue where you spend the day playing and feeding some of the local animals. This was a great way to get to know all of Boquete in a short period of time. Read my full review of this tour here.

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Where to eat:

Georges grill

A super fun, hip restaurant, run by an Egyptian man named George. It’s a hidden gem of Boquete. George offers everything from pizza to octopus and the food is outstanding. The atmosphere of this place is extremely hip and fun to relax around, he even has a restaurant dog that roams around and loves being pet.

Colibri Restaurant

A fun and delicious Italian restaurant in the heart of Boquete. Colabri offers a fun modern atmosphere with traditional Italian food. The food is extremely delicious no matter what you get, but since it is Italian I do suggest getting a few different things and sharing. Bring the Italian tradition to your table, and eat family style.

The Rock

The best wine selection I’ve seen in all of Panama. As you all know how much of a wine-o I am, when I walked into this place I was in heaven. Then shortly after I tried their food and I was convinced of how wonderful this place is. The food is incredible, and the ambiance is classy and chic at the same time. It’s the perfect place to come relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the fireplace that they have.

Seasons Restaurant

One of the classiest and most beautiful dining resorts I’ve been to. This resort has a classy look that will make you want to book a room right now. They offer a selection of different wines and meals but they also do a very good happy hour on weeknights. The staff is extremely nice and prompt, which is hard to find in Panama.

 

Where to stay

I found the most beautiful house on Airbnb just a mile away from the center of the city that overlooked all of the mountains. Casa Ejecutivo is an extremely beautiful house, with three separate studios that will make you never want to leave Boquete. The owner was super nice and accommodating as well. He provided directions when needed and offered great restaurant recommendations. You won’t be disappointed when you stay here.

Boquete ended up stealing my heart and I’m sure it will steal yours as well. Watch my youtube video below and get some more ideas on things to do in Boquete, Panama.

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Xoxo Ania Travels 💜


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I am absolutely in love with Boquete, Panama! It was the perfect spot for any adventure seeker like myself. I’ve always been a huge mountain person so this was the perfect scenery from me. With so many different things to do in Boquete, this place is easily ranked high on my list of recommended places to visit. | Central America | Travel | things to do | adventure | hiking | mountains | waterfalls | panama I am absolutely in love with Boquete, Panama! It was the perfect spot for any adventure seeker like myself. I’ve always been a huge mountain person so this was the perfect scenery from me. With so many different things to do in Boquete, this place is easily ranked high on my list of recommended places to visit. | Central America | Travel | things to do | adventure | hiking | mountains | waterfalls | panama

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  • I’ve never heard of this place in Panama, but it definitely looks interesting! I’m not sure though about cliff jumping into the river as there doesn’t look like so much space! #FeetDoTravel

    • Ania Ewelina

      It wasn’t as tight as it looks on the photos, take a look at the video and you’ll be able to see more of it. But it really was an incredible place nonetheless.

  • Chris Fisher

    Wow this part of Panama looks amazing. Sounds perfect to climb the volcano then relax in the hot springs ! thanks great post as always

    • Ania Ewelina

      It really was amazing!!! I hope you can get there one day.

  • Amalia Silva

    The Hot Springs look like the place to be right now away from this cold in Denmark! Panama has been on my list of places to visit forever and you just made me want to go even more!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Definitly make it out to Boquete when you do make it there, it was my favorite city in the entire country.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    Oh my. If only traveling was free! I would love to have a good relaxing soak in the hot springs! I am adding Boquete Panaman to my bucket list this year.

  • Kristina Ivanova

    Panama is such a beautiful place! I’d love to visit!
    I’ve only been rock climbing indoors, going on actual rocks sounds pretty scary but also cool!

  • Melanie

    I had a conversation about Panama the other day! This looks stunning and the hot springs are at the top of my list x

  • Sayanti Mahapatra

    Definitely going to add this to my bucket list. Nothing is more better than relaxing yourself in the hot springs !!

  • Shona Grant

    Hot Springs, fabulous! I’m a wine-o too so the Rock makes me happy. Lots to do in Boquete!

  • Esperanza

    Panama looks amazing! I’d love to visit all of these spots. You’ve captured the spots beautifully! 🙂

  • Nathan Reid

    Wow! This Panama looks so fantastic. The photos looks so beautiful and i wanted to be there right now.

  • Alexei Gaynanov

    I don’t see that many blogs about Panama so thanks for highlighting some of the awesome things you can do in Boquete. A mix of adventure and relaxation and some great food by the sounds of it! Thanks for sharing

  • Rashida Abiola

    This looks awesome and you look like you’re living your best life. Thanks for the post!