Top 9 Things to do in Chiriqui Province, Panama

January 27, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Chiriquí Province is a mountainous wonderland, located near the Barú Volcano. If you’re an adventure and nature lover, you’ll be right at home here, as the region offers everything from white-water rafting and kayaking to zip-line rainforest rides and hiking. More relaxed activities, such as coffee plantation tours and bird-watching, also are available here. To reach Chiriquí, you’ll likely pass through David, Panama’s third-largest city. If you choose to visit the Gulf of Chiriquí, you’ll find first-rate scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports that take full advantage of its marine location.
Restaurants in Chiriqui Province

1. Boquete Outdoor Adventures

Plaza Los Establos | Avenida Central, Boquete 0413, Panama +507 720-2284
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Terrible
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5 based on 815 reviews

Boquete Outdoor Adventures

Boquete Outdoor Adventures is Panama's premier provider of amazing whitewater rafting trips, as well as cloud forest hiking, island trips with snorkeling and sea kayaking, coffee tours, zip lining, whitewater kayaking, bird watching, humpback whale watching, horseback riding, and hiking or 4x4 Jeep tours of Volcan Baru. Located in the gorgeous Mountains and slopes of Volcan Baru, Boquete is an eco-traveler's paradise. We provide the most experienced guides and amazing travel packaged experiences all over Panama. Please contact us as we would love to arrange all of your Panama Vacation details.

Reviewed By ccbarb1 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Although the "whitewatering" wasn't very powerful, it was fun. We arranged the tour in Boquete and they took us out to the river. (It was a long trip because the river they usually use was not high enough.) All personnel spoke good English. Safety instructions were given and all of us were provided with a helmet, life vest and paddle. Each boat had a guide who knew the river well. Lunch was sandwiches on a stop on the river. Beer and drinks were provided at the end

2. Volcan Baru National Park

Boquete, Panama +507 6624-0577
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

Volcan Baru National Park

Panama's highest peak and only volcano at 3,478 meters offers sweeping ocean views and spectacular cloud Forests from its summit.

Reviewed By Rodney B - Waukesha

This is a beautiful area. If you have the chance, I recommend hiking up here. We started here and hiked the Quetzal Trail to Boquete. It is worth getting a guide just for the knowledge of the land that they will have. We booked through Hello Travel Panama. Alejandro was great, as was his assistant Tom! The scenery is beautiful. Lots of flowers, Waterfalls, and incredible views. It is a cloud forest so it can be misty or rainy. Luckily for us it was mostly sunny!

3. The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

Bajo Mono, Boquete 0413, Panama +507 6691-9144
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 410 reviews

The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

The Lost Waterfalls is a moderate to difficult hike through the cloudforest in western Panama to three fabulous Waterfalls. The hike can take from one to three hours round trip depending on how many Waterfalls you want to see. If you are lucky you may spot sloths, monkeys, quetzals or any number of the fascinating wildlife living in the cloudforest.

Reviewed By Terry W - Shorewood, Wisconsin

Four of us in our early to mid 60s who walk and hike a lot tackled this walk to see 3 Waterfalls. It was a stoney, muddy and elevation gaining walk to three Waterfalls. The first was pretty and the 2nd bigger with a small pool at the bottom but nothing worth the muddy walk. The road there was pretty but very narrow and windy and it wasn’t easy to find the falls. I wouldn’t go back.

4. Biblioteca de Boquete

Via Boquete, Boquete 0413, Panama +507 720-2879
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Biblioteca de Boquete

The library opened its doors in February 2012 as the first lending library in Panama. The modern 3 story stone and glass building is a distinguished addition to the Boquete landscape. Free wi-fi and computers with internet are available, while the 3rd floor art gallery features monthly displays from local artists. Check the online calendar for Concerts and activities. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarkable building for such a small town. Square blocks with glass walls around an open staircase with a glass pyramid shaped roof. Quite modern, however there is a traditional tiled cover over the lobby area. Free internet and there is a small café inside.

5. Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)

Boquete, Panama
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)

Trail is open

Reviewed By Layland507 - Panama

Went there to take some people that wanted to explore the trail, and it was just amazing, they were enchanted with all the nature that this trail offered. We were lucky we saw some howler monkeys even though it was raining. I totally recomend this trail but the best way to do it is coming down from Cerro Punta all the way to Boquete.

6. Boquete Brewing Company

Main Street | Bajo Boquete, 100 meters after the church, Boquete 0413, Panama +507 6674-4246
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Boquete Brewing Company

Boquete's very own Micro Brewery. Come enjoy one of our many craft beers on tap, made on site! Not a fan of beers? Well, we also make our own delicious hard ciders and sodas. We also have our own Foodtruck "The Hoppy Truck" with a variety of diches, snacks and finger food. Live Music, Great vibes and a Relaxed atmosphere is why we are one of Tripadvisor's top rated places in all of Boquete. Come see for yourself!

Reviewed By PanamanianWanderlust - Panama City, Panama

Cool spot with fair prices and good beers. They offer samplers for $5 if you want to try some beers or ciders before buying a pint. Service is friendly. They have an open tap for $25. They also serve wine and a few options of whisky. My favourite beer was La Coima.

7. Pipeline Trail

Bajo Mono forest, Boquete 0413, Panama
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Pipeline Trail

Reviewed By T-SGlobetrotters - Preston, Lancashire

The easiest way to reach the entrance to the walk on public transport is to board a minibus shuttle in the area around supermarket Bruna, one block north of the park. The same bus also goes to the three cascades walk (lost waterfalls) a couple of kilometres further on. Cost of the shuttle is $2 ($2.50 for the three cascades) and they run approximately every hour. We were advised the last shuttle back is 5pm, the journey takes around 40 minutes.
Entrance to the walk is a few hundred metres from where the bus drops you off, cost is $3 pp, last entry is marked on the gate as 3pm, we exited the gate around 4pm, there was no problem in getting out. Note there are no toilet facilities here.
The walk itself takes a minimum of 1 hour 15minutes each way, we took quite a bit longer as there was good birdwatching particularly in the early part of the walk. The walk itself is not too difficult, quite gentle elevations in the main (you are walking through a valley) although there are a couple of rivers to cross by walking across logs with a guide rail. The landscape is mainly secondary forest but good variety of vegetation, flora and fauna and some good views up the mountain. Didn't see any mammals but a reasonable variety of birds were seen on the walk. The waterfall at the end of the walk not worth the effort on its own.
We completed both the pipeline walk and the three Waterfalls. We thought that the pipeline walk was better for birds, but the cascades walk had better scenery although here the terrain was more difficult.

8. Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm

Cafetales Baru, Las Lagunas | Volcan, Chiriqui, Panama, Volcan 0424, Panama +507 6867-3884
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm

Lagunas Adventures on Janson Coffee Farm offers coffee, birding, hiking, kayaking, motored lake floats, biking, horseback riding, and fishing tours. We also offer rentals. For those interested in wellness services there are yoga classes, exercise therapy sessions, and massage available. Please come and let us show you an inspirational destination in nature where guests can choose their adventure.

Reviewed By ginnyBeamer - usa

We really enjoyed the tour of the coffee farm. It was scheduled to be hour long but lasted at least 90 minutes. The guide was part of the family who owned the farm. We asked a ton of questions with the guide knew the answers to all of them. The Gesha coffee was their specialty coffee. The walk between sites was very enjoyable. The guide provided Utube clips for you to see the details of the coffee process. The roasting and shipping process was new to me. The final part of the tour was tasting the coffee which was alto a learning process. It was well worth the $10 fee per person.

9. Finca Dracula

Cerro Punta 0420, Panama +507 771-2070
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Finca Dracula

Finca Dracula offers an unique opportunity to meet some of the rarest orchids from the tropics with its more than 2,000 different orchid species. Around this diverse collection, is the most exotic garden in Panama wich incorporates rare native plants you would never see unless you go deep in the forest. We make the most of our "Eternal Spring".

Reviewed By FaRo3123

Amazingly beautiful place.. I wouldn't take a baby... or suggest that the smallest orchids be placed safely out of small children's reach.
I was constantly running behind my son to make sure he wouldn't touch or break something. It wasn't a relaxing afternoon.. lol.
A beautiful place just not for small kids.

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