Boquete Chiriqui Highlands
– Waterfalls and National Park-
Bienvenidos from Boquete Chiriqui Highlands! Today is a day to explore the surrounding Boquete mountains and the gorgeous area around us. Thanks to some local luxury travel experts, we already know what to expect on this exciting single parent travel experience. At the bus station, we can see a number of locals who also seem to be on a family travel. It seems like there are so many people who like us, are also on a family travel adventure. We hop into the mini-bus to Alto Lino.
A majority of the people in this vehicle are locals and I have my piece of paper and map to where we want to go. We have learned that writing out the location and bus details either from the internet or with the help of a local.
Local Expat Help
When we get to the road where we need to get off the minivan, the sign points the other way up the hill. But an eager American hiker joins us. He is older and fitter than me and pounds up the hill to Boquete Chiriqui Highlands area.
Must say I was a little jealous!
We find a gate that has a sign informing us that we need to pay to access the area. He tells us that this is new and he has never paid before. So we ignore it and head on just as he does.
We walk over many creeks and streams and of course, I slip and fall in. Wet feet to hike with – hmmm.
I let him go ahead. I need a nature break of a different kind! We hike on for well over an hour. But we take it easy and take several photos.
At the same time we are listening to Howler Monkeys, and watching butterflies. Then we meet a group of bird-watchers.
They are paying for a tour in the hope of seeking out the elusive Quetzal here in Boquete Chiriqui Highlands.
When we reach the top, I sit and watch some hummingbirds. It is peaceful and nature is just awesome.
We see a variety of fungus and flowers growing and this is a good world schooling lesson for Explorason.
The trees reach to the sky as we seek to find the Howler Monkeys. My son was a dot at the base of this one.
The begonias are ‘to die for’. I think of my old garden back in Adelaide and all the plants that just grow wild here vs the ones I paid a fortune for when there. I think of the hours I used to tend it, and how things are just in bloom – especially the wild Bird of Paradise and Agapanthus – it is incredible.
World school time
We stop and look at the morning dew on the spider webs. Once we start to look, we discover that nature is just giving us the best display and this really is a great time to embark on worldschooling.
And yes! We see a rush of color before us. A Quetzal flies right before us. It has cost us all of $6 each way by bus. The bird watching group paid $39. They never got to see the Quetzal and we did. We do a little victory dance right there on the path.
It’s nice when nature gives us a treat!
As we leave, the clouds roll in. My son falls through the thin steps of the walk over a bridge at a creek. He has taken all his skin off the front and back of his leg and he is in a lot of pain – poor kid.
He wants to go back to the accommodation and do some maths and have a rest and I think that is a great idea.
No more waterfalls today. We head back to town in a mini-bus once more.
The flower and coffee festival is still in full swing so we wander around town. The square is just lovely as the waterfall dances to lights and various heights.
Boquete is a very pretty town and I suggest a visit – but not a stay when the festival is on, due to the night noise.
…But it is so pretty!
What happens that ends our time here as a bit of a disaster? Find out in our next article.
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