Chiriquí is one of the largest provinces of the Republic of Panama. The province of Chiriquí is located on the west coast of Panama near the Costa Rican border. Chiriquí is approximately 6470 kilometers in size and has an estimated population of 368,800 people. The capital of the Province of Chiriquí is David and other towns include Boquete, Guadalupe, Volcan and Cerro Punto. Of late the province has become one of the most popular provinces in Panama. Locals and tourists flock to Chiriquí to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery sights around. Chiriquí has been known as a calm and peaceful province and many retirees from the United States and Europe favor living in Chiriquí that any other part of the world hence Chiriquí has become of the top places in the world to retire to.
The Province of Chiriquí over the years has depended mainly on an agricultural sector. The province is well known in the cattle industry. The many cattle ranches in the province help supply the rest of the country with meat milk. The town of Boquete in the Chiriquí province has been nicknamed the flower garden of Panama. This town has many orchid gardens and other flower gardens which supply the florists of Panama. The Chiriquí province is home to the dormant volcano ‘Volcan Baru. The area surrounding the volcano has very fertile lands on which coffee is grown on large scale for the local and international markets. Coffee from the province of Chiriquí Panama is said to be some of the best tasting coffee in the world! Tourism also contributes to the economy of Chiriquí, many persons come to hike, visit coffee plantations and other such attractions in the province.
There are many attractions in the western province of Chiriquí which keeps people coming. The volcano (Baru) is the highest peak in Panama and never ceases to challenge the adventurous persons to hike up its peak which takes several hours. The view from the top of the mountain is spectacular. Once at the top one can see the province of Chiriquí and surrounding areas with rivers running down mountain slopes. It is best do hikes from January to May or the local dry season. Hikers are advised to carry warm clothing as the temperature drops as one get near the peak.
The rich fertile soil in Chiriquí encourages the growth of beautiful flowers and the area is known for its flowers gardens. There are many flower gardens opened to the public and visitors come to see exotic and tropical flowers. Mi jardin es su jardin and Finca Dracula are good gardens to explore for a small fee. The town of Boquete each year celebrates a flowers and coffee fair which attracts international attention. The fair is held in January and the farmers put on a show of plants and coffee for the public. Many awards are given out as the locals compete for the best garden and prizes in other categories.
Chiriquí’s mountains are a birdwatchers haven. The area has extensive rain forests which are known to have at least 1000 different bird species. Birds in the area include the Flame Colored Tanager, the Quetzal and the Blue Crowned Motmot. River Rafting is also a very popular activity in Chiriquí. Many rivers in Chiriquí provide thrill and excitement for the adventurous at heart and at the same time there are beautiful sceneries in the surrounding rainforest which are captivating. The Chiriquí Viejo River is known around the globe as one of the best areas for river rafting. Other attractions in Chiriquí are the beaches where visitors visit quite frequently for relaxation. Some of the most well known beaches in Chiriquí are La Barqueta and Lajas.
Chiriquí can be accessed by both air and land. There is a regular bus service from the National bus Terminal in Albrook, Panama City and daily flights from the Albrook Airport. Buses leave for the Province of Chiriquí on an hourly basis. There are also bus services from Costa Rica into Chiriquí. Daily flights are also available. The province of Chiriquí is an inspiration to many as the serenity of the valley welcomes visitors who mat never want to leave.