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Dear Luke and Leia,
I can't think of a better way to describe this expat community, tucked snugly into the mountains of Panama near Costa Rica: Boquete is a mountain of coffee and a cloud forest in paradise. You'd know that for sure if you ever visited during its annual coffee and flower festival.
Rising to between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, Boquete has numerous coffee plantations which produce same of the world’s best coffee, and at the same time it is full of people who have relocated to enjoy the climate at a reduced cost.
The condo in the middle of a coffee plantation
Our home for the next few days is a beautiful condo in the middle of a coffee plantation about 2,000 feet above the city.
Driving around the mountains
Driving through the mountains which surround Boquete is easy and beautiful. Easy, because all of the roads make a loop off of the main road through town, thus you can never get lost. Beautiful, because Boquete being in the cloud forest mountains and getting an abundance of water, offers spectacular scenes that drive my camera crazy.
Fun in the city
Down in the city, there is always something going on but today was even better. Thanks to the Boquete Flower and Coffee Festival, there was musical entertainment in the main town square and tents selling coffees, crafts, plants and souvenirs. Crossing the Boquete River we found a whole fairground set up, full of great street foods and rides for the little ones. Joy for all!
I hope you guys enjoyed looking at Boquete as much as we did. Being an expat community meant we didn’t need our Spanish too much, but when we got to the street foods, it did pay off to have it with us. You two be good, we love and miss you guys.
Nana and Pap