Chiriquí : Valle De La Luna
hiriqui is one of the Panama´s most beautiful provinces. The Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, as it is also known thanks to its indigenous name, is one of the most bio-diverse regions in Panama. Rich in flora and fauna, the area covers some 4,070 square miles and features captivating oceans views and mountain landscapes, offering visitors a variety of destinations and outdoor activities. Located in the far western part of the country, Chiriquí borders the Bocas del Toro and the Ngäbe-Buglé to the north, Costa Rica to the west, the Comarca and Veraguas to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Without doubt, the most popular place in Chiriquí is Boquete, a small coffee town located in a valley surrounded by mountains of the Cordillera Central about twenty-five miles away from David. Its popularity has grown in recent years, making it one of Panama´s most important tourist destinations. This is due mainly to its pleasant climate and natural beauty, which have seduced many Americans and Europeans into retiring there. Hiking is one of the region´s many tourist attractions.
Also the Barú Volcano National Park (covering some 35,000 acres) is another interesting option: the Quetzal trail shirts the volcano and connects the town of Boquete and Cerro Punta. This is one of Panama´s most famous and oldest trails, it is easy to hike and offers beautiful natural scenery.
This coffee-growing valley offers another entrance to La Amistad International Park, run jointly by the Panamanian and Costa Rican governments. The Panamanian part covers more than 500,000 acres, extending over the impressive Central Cordillera, between the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro. Due to its biological importance, UNESCO declared the region a World Heritage Site in the 80´s.
In fact, outside the protected areas, Boquete´s abundant resources are being exploited to the maximum, making it a mecca for adventure tourism with canopy rides, rafting, hiking, and other extreme sport experiences.
And for those that prefer the sea, the Chiriquí coast holds several interesting surprises. Just sixteen miles away from David is the mythical La Barqueta beach in the Alanje district. It is one of the most popular resorts in Chiriquí and has gained some importance in the domestic real estate market due to the construction of luxury oceanfront condos.
It is a busy place and the atmosphere there is always festive. Fortunately, there is always enough room on the beach. Measuring fourteen miles, it is Chiriquí’s longest beach, and its size, as well as the rough sea that breaks on the sand, filling it with foam, command respect. Be careful; the waves harbor powerful whirlpools that have been known to drag away unsuspecting swimmers. This beach is also much closer to the continental shelf, making it slope steeply.
Another recommended beach is Las Lajas in the San Felix district, approximately sixty miles away east from David. It is a beautiful place to get away it all, with no noise or holders of bathers. The 11-miles beach offers a beautiful, mesmerizing seascape. There is also the incredible air you breathe from the mixture of sea, sky and sand.
But if you are looking for a truly unforgettable encounter with the sea, you can go to the fishing port of Boca Chica, just twenty-five miles east away from David, and hire a boatman to give you a tour of the Chiriquí Gulf National Park, also known as the Paridas Islands Archipelago. This protected area, declared a Wildlife Refuge in 1994, covers some 37,000 acres of islands and marine waters in Panama´s western Pacific. It is famous for its green iguanas, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, many sea turtle species, and giant rays.
The archipelago consists of twenty-five islands, including Isla Parida (the largest), and Paridita, the only inhabited islands, the others like Boca Brava, Islas Secas, Bolaños, Gámez, Pulgoso, and Tintorera.
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