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Ah, Boquete! So much to say, so little time. No longer an expat secret, this bustling town nestled in the hillside of former live volcanoes lives up to its reputation. Dominated for years by retirees looking for a peaceful, affordable retirement destination, Boquete is now seeing an influx of backpackers, families, and eco tourists. A variety of restaurants are thriving, and several upscale spas are bringing more pampering and luxury than ever.

The Real Estate slump that struck here along with other parts of the world is largely over. Prices are holding well, and many new homes are springing up like weeds.

Many long time residents are nervous about the widening of the Panama-David road to four lanes. Do we really want to make it easier for others to get here? There's a lot to be said for a bit of inconvenience keeping out the "riff raff". Anyway, it will take a couple years to finish.

Activities here continue to expand among the residents; for example, the local theater group is presenting several musicals using home-based talent. Recently I attended the opening of an Art Studio, and various classes are scheduled. Several veterinarians provide treatment and neutering services monthly, staffeed by volunteers. This grew out of a need to cut down on wandering packs of dogs which had become an issue. Many Panamanians now register in advance to bring their pets. All the money is donated, and several fundraisers a year are held to augment the coffers.

The main emphasis now is definitely on Eco-Tourism, and the many tour operators and guides here are eager to assist you with plans.

You can learn more about this thriving town at

Dorothy Miller

Travel Writer

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18 Jul 2010

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Sendero Los Quetzales

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Boquete Loop hill walk

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