Origins of coffee in Boquete
Surrounded by lush nature, a quiet town of Boquete is mostly famous for two things – coffee plantations and as a place to retire for Americans. We went there for the first one. Situated 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above sea level, Boquete is cooler than the rest of Panama and it is a great place to enjoy nature. Rafting, hiking, hot springs – here you can find it all. It is also home to Barú Volcano National Park.
How to get to Boquete, Panama
Getting from Panama City to Boquete is not difficult, but, unless you rent a car and drive, there are no direct links from Panama City to Boquete – you have to get to David first. Depending on your budget and available time, you have two main options to choose from.
Easy and more expensive option to get to Boquete, Panama
First, you have to take a flight from Panama City to David. You can fly from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) with Copa Airlines or Albrook Airport (PAC) with Air Panama. The flight takes about 30 minutes. Once you get to David, you have to take a local bus to Boquete or organise a pick up from your hotel. It takes about 45 minutes to reach your final destination from the airport.
Cheaper option to get from Panama City to Boquete, Panama
If you want to save some money and don’t mind spending 6 hours on the bus, then land travel is the best way to go. First, take the bus from Albrook Bus Terminal all the way to David. Depending whether it’s an express bus or not, it costs between $15 and $20. Upon arrival you have the same options as above to get to Boquete – local bus (cheap, but takes time) or transfer (easy, but costs more than a ticket from Panama City to David).