Coffee Haven

Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
Trip End Apr 16, 2010

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Friday, April 2, 2010

We made our way via ferry off the island and on to a van to our next location the mountain village of Boquete.  In order to reach the town you have to go over the mountains in the center of the Panama down to the city of David and then back north. Boquete's surrounding hills and slopes are primarily covered in shade-grown coffee plantations, providing a rich product recognized by international connoisseurs. Known for their sustainable farming practices, these farms are recognized the world-wide.

Pursuant to the travel books, this quiet little village all changed in 2001 when AARP picked it as one of the top places in the world to retire. Causing foreign retirees to snatch up mountain plots (taking away the coffee plantations) and slowly changing the face of the town. We saw many places for sale and met some of the ex-pats that have moved, but it do not seem to us a place we would move too.

We went on a coffee tour (click on the video, then click on the arrow) of one of the largest and oldest in the valley "Cafe Ruiz", walked the town and had one of our best dinners of the trip at "Roxanne's".
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tendashseven on

I always enjoy your artfuly crafted and colorful pictures. But, I really enjoyed your hip Cafe Ruiz video. Really snappy and fun!

Lindsey on

Mr. Ruiz still working at 88. He must have thought you guys were slackers! :)

tendashseven on


They ARE slackers!

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