The President of the Chamber of Tourism, Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture, Jorge Tovar, notes that there are 43 lodging establishments, between hotels and hostels, with 800 beds altogether. There are also 33 restaurants and businesses that provide adventure and ecotourism services.
Boquete, a town on the slopes of Barú Volcano, has benefited from the 4-lane highway linking it to the city of David and the upgrades done on its airport.
Tovar, also the owner of the Boquete Tree Trek resort, said that 28,000 people a year take canopy tours, and this adventure through the treetops has become so popular that during high season four tours are scheduled daily.
Bird watching is another attraction that has led tours to double to two daily. In addition, there are 11 daily tours of the region's famous coffee plantations.
The leading market that sends tourists to Boquete is the United States, but European tourism, from France, the Netherlands, and Germany, is beginning to recover thanks to direct flights on Air France, KLM, and Iberia.
Experts indicate that another big attraction in Boquete are the boutique hotels geared towards the luxury tourism market, with rooms priced at over $200 per night during the high season. These include the Panamonte, which celebrates its 100th year in operation, Los Molinos, Valle Escondido, Valle del Río, Finca Lérida, and Los Establos.
Boquete is advertised on every hotel's website, by annual events like Barú Eco Fest, and through the Panama Tourism Authority's "Chiriquí is an Adventure" campaign.
Photo: Andrés Villa