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Travel Blogs from Boquete
... to the top. It is a hard hike! All uphill and the terrain is loose rock and uneven ground. The trail is essentially a 4WD track so is easy to follow and wide. I found the last 2km extremely challenging, possibly because of the altitude (but more likely my unfit health!). The view is not too shabby from the peak, can't see the oceans but the now tree filled craters are cool to see and it's nice to sit and relax for a bit, taking in the ...
... closest to the park entrance, the small farms are owned by private families whilst closer to Cerro Punta, the farms are bigger and belong to Croatians on one side of the road and Polish on the other. The European owners arrived after World War II and their kids, who now run the farms, were born in Panama. Most of them employ 50 to 100 people in the busy times, who are mostly indigenous and come from other provinces to work here for few months.
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... I was the only customer who didn't have a North American accent. All over town I heard the same accents, and there are a lot of signs in English as well. Our guides on the two tours I did were from the US and both said they avoided the other ex-pats due to their refusal to speak Spanish and general demeanour. At the real estate agent, where all the signage is in English, you can spot the houses built for the North Americans; they have at least ...
... del Rio - the equal best place we've stayed on this trip (drawing with Flutterby House in Uvita). This place was perfection. The mattresses were the most comfortable I've ever laid in, the vibe was social but laid back, there was a herb and vegetable garden and fruit trees for the guests to take advantage of, the property backed onto a quietly bubbling river, AND it had a hot tub. It was the perfect place to spend some down time, take some walks, get some reading and writing ...
... even heading to the bar, and within a half an hour we had five naked guys and a topless girl playing giant jenga. Most of the group ended up dwindling down to a few guys when we went to bed at around 1am, as they said they were done drinking. Apparently they changed their minds, because we got a 3am wakeup call from Andrew, saying that the guys we had left at the bar had broken in and stolen some beers, oh, and that their friend had fallen off a bunk bed ...
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- Free parking