The natural ecosystem of theGulf of Chiriquíregion is endowed with a beautiful marine national park that extends along the coast between the island of Coiba and our neighboring country Costa Rica.
Current road upgrades will facilitate access and visit to the islands of this tropical archipelago, an increasingly popular destination among privileged tourists who can travel from the Gulf and Boquete all the way to the Cordillera in a span of merely 90 minutes. The pier at the small coastal town of Boca Chica is the embarkation point for boat rides and trips to nearby islands. The area of Boca Chica has a range of lodging for every budget, though usually in small inns with good customer service. Many hotels have their own docks for guests to board boats and go on an aquatic tour of other islands within the marine national park.
One such island is Boca Brava, just 10 minutes away from Boca Chica. Only half an hour from here you can find numerous islands with white sand beaches.
How to arrive
Al llegar al Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen, tome un taxi hasta la Terminal Nacional de Transporte Albrook. Allí busque los buses directos que lo llevan a la ciudad de Chiriquí. Existen buses de David a Boquete y salen de la terminal cada hora y los llevarán hasta el pueblo de David.
What to bring
Puerto Armuelles, named after war hero Coto Tomás Armuelles, is recognized internationally for its banana industry, though its farmers also produce palm oil, rice, beans, corn, and sorghum.
The emerald-green waters and gray sandy beaches that border the city and the coastal rural areas are perfect for recreation. Bananas are loaded onto boats for export from the former Banana Pier, built in 1936.
In the 1980s a deep-water dock and an oil pipeline were built to transport oil drilled in Alaska to the Atlantic, where it was bound for the refineries in Houston and the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Puerto Armuelles is 34 km. from Paso Canoa, 87 km. from David, and 525 km. from Panama City.
Los Quetzales Ecolodge, found at 2,200 meters (7,260 ft) above sea level, is an ecological paradise in the midst of a highland cloud forest. Here you can taste the most delicious and healthy organic vegetables grown locally.
Perched nearly 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooking a valley surrounded by densely forested mountains, Cerro Punta is Panama's highest-altitude population, which means it is frequently engulfed in clouds. The town has dedicated itself to agriculture since its founding, making it one of the leading vegetable suppliers in the country.
Barú Volcano, the highest peak in the Republic of Panama at an altitude of 3,475 meters above sea level, is within the Barú Volcano National Park. This park, which covers an area of 14,322 hectares, was created in 1976 in order to preserve its natural wealth and rich biodiversity. The region enjoys a pleasant temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius, though it can drop down to 0 degrees Celsius at night. From the summit you can clearly see, as if looking down from a plane, both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
La Barqueta is a very well-known beach on the Panamanian Pacific, about 25 minutes southwest of the city of David and 35 minutes east of the Costa Rican border. La Barqueta Beach combines all the beauty and adventure of a long white-sand beach with the convenience of staying at a resort or hotel in the nearby city of David. It is surrounded by areas of high biodiversity and is a common turtle nesting area. In 1986 the Alanje Environmental Committee was formed, and together with the residents of Guarumal they implemented some protection programs.