Things to do in Boquete Panama

Things to do in Boquete Panama

Boquete is a small town in the green mountain highlands of Panama, 60 kilometres from Costa Rica. The town is best known for its abundance of coffee farms and Volcano Baru, Central America’s highest volcano that offers views of both the Pacific and Caribbean ocean from the top. 

Boquete is an adventure packed destination offering just about any activity you can think of, from Zip lining, horse riding, ATV tours, rock climbing, river rafting, you name it, you can do it in Boquete. This is a guide on all the things to do in Boquete Panama. 

Things to do in Boquete Panama

Things to do in Boquete Panama

Although Boquete is small, it does not lack in things to do. The diversity of things to do in Boquete makes it an adventure lovers paradise. Most of these things can be arranged from a tour agency in town. If you book on arrival you can often negotiate cheaper rates, and if you book more than one tour, you will generally recieve a discount. 

Hike Volcano Baru

Volcano Baru is Panamas highest point and only volcano. This strenuous 28km return trip hike offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Ocean and Costa Rica. The hike is tough but offers unique views from the top.  Most backpackers hike Volcano Baru for sunrise. In poor weather conditions, this hike may not be worth it. If the hike is a bit to long for you, you always have the option to take a 4X4 tour to the top!

Tour Coffee Farms

Boquete is nestled amongst many coffee farms. I love coffee and had no knowledge of its production so I really enjoyed the tour and information I learnt. To any coffee lovers, take the tour. Not only do you get a wealth of information on coffee production, you also get to enjoy the freshest cup of coffee possible.

Things to do in Boquete Panama
Things to do in Boquete Panama

Explore waterfalls

There are at least 4 different waterfalls in the area. You can catch a public bus and hike to these, or you can arrange a tour. Three of the waterfalls are within the same area so it is possible to walk to all three in one day. Talk to a local guide for more information. 

Go Hiking

Boquete is home to many hiking trails. You can hike to the top of Volcano Baru, to waterfalls, to hot springs and through the rainforest. Talk to a local guide for information on hiking trails. As flash flooding can occur in the area, it is recommended to hike a guide.

Caldera Hot Springs

Sit back and relax in natural hot springs after hiking Volcano Baru. You can get a public bus to the hot springs for $2 and entry is $2. From the bus stop, you have to walk about 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a tour of waterfalls and hot springs for $25-$35.

Go White Water Rafting

You can go White water rafting down the Chiriqui Viejo River in Boquete. Expect to pay around $60 USD and upwards. 

Zip Lining

One of the most popular things to do in Boquete is ziplining. Expect to pay around $60USD for a half day tour. If you book in person they may be able to give you a better rate.

Extreme Jeep Tours

As I mentioned earlier, you can take 4X4 tours to the top of Volcano Baru. There are also other 4X4 extreme tour options, available for the thrill seekers out there. 

Chocolate Making Tours

If you are looking for more of a relaxed tour in Boquete, the chocolate making class (or coffee tour) is for you.  The Perfect Pair located right in the centre of town is one of the best chocolate classes. 

Rent a quad bike 

You can rent quads on your own or you can do a quad tour into the forest with a guide. 

Visit the Hanging bridges

Boquete is home to the second longest and highest hanging bridges in Central America.

Go Horse back riding

Horseback riding is a very common thing to do in Boquete. You will see locals riding around town, and if you would like, you can join them.

Rock Climbing

On the way out to the waterfalls, you will find a rock-climbing wall. The rock climbing wall is a natural basalt rock formation, making it a unique experience. You can stop here on your own or as part of a planned tour and there are options for both beginners and advanced climbers.

Swim in a River Gorge

Los Cangilones de Gualaca is a river gorge that you can swim in. You can take a taxi out here and spend the day. 

Go Mountain biking

If you are looking to get adventurous, you can take a mountain biking tour through the mountains of Boquete. You can book a tour from one of the agencies in town. 

Bird Watching

Boquete is a popular destination for bird watching. This is something that can be enjoyed independently or as part of a tour. 

The tour companies in town offer discounts if you book more than one tour with them.

Recommended length of stay in Boquete

I recommend staying in Boquete for 3 nights, depending on the activities you want to do. In 3 night and 3 days, you could easily do and see most things around Boquete. You could spend longer if you had more time but 3 nights would be optimal.

Currency used in Boquete

The currency used in Boquete is US Dollars.

Getting to and around Boquete

If you are coming from Panama City, you can take the overnight bus to David. From the same terminal, you get dropped off at in David, you can jump on a bus to Boquete, which takes 1 hour from David.

If coming from Costa Rica, you would also take the bus to David, and transfer to Boquete.

If coming from Bocas Del Toro, you can arrange a shuttle for $30 ($25 if you stay at Hostel Mamallena), or you can take the bus to David, then back to Boquete.  I recommend the shuttle if coming from Bocas Del Toro as it will save you lots of time. You can also arrange a shuttle from other destinartions in Panama. 

Once in Boquete, you can walk the entire town within an hour, it is really small.

Most of the activities in the area are out of Boquete. Ask the hostel and they will help you out with directions to and from the bus stop. If you don’t want to take a public bus and walk, you can get a taxi or organize a tour.

Places to stay in Boquete

Hostel Mamallena is a great hostel, located right in the centre of Boquete. Staff were super helpful with directions, arranged any tour I wanted and offered a shuttle service to Bocas Del Toro, Lost and Found, David and more.  The hostel was clean and offered free pancakes from 7 – 10. This is a great place for backpackers. 

Search for cheap accommodation options here.

Travel Insurance for Boquete

Travel insurance is a necessity when backpacking to Boquete. I recommend World Nomads.  If you are still unsure if you should buy travel insurance or not, read this. 

Safety in Boquete

All usual safety precautions should be followed in Boquete:

  • Avoid flashing your valuables
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times
  • Lock your belongings in the hotel safe
  • Remain aware of your surrounding
  • Avoid unknown streets at night
  • Don’t drink too much
  • See more tips for keeping safe when travelling. 

In addition, it is important to note that flash flooding occurs in the area, so it is recommended to hire a guide when going out hiking. Boquete is the destination that the two girls disappeared from back in 2013. It is still uncertain as to what happened, if they got lost hiking or where murdered, so this is something to keep in mind. Always notify someone of your hiking plans and take a professional guide for safety.

Language in Panama 

The official language in Panama is Spanish. Some locals will speak English.

Vaccinations for Panama

Check the Travel Doctor website to find out what vaccinations you need when backpacking to Panama. If you have any further questions regarding vaccinations required for Panama, I recommend consulting a doctor.

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  • atravellersfootsteps Post author

    Hi Maria

    I guess it is possible that I took a different bus service than you did, and I must note that I visited in 2014 so things may have changed.

    Thanks for pointing this out.