Posted by: Brandon | February 22, 2009

We’re in Volcán!

On the road to Volcan

On the road to Volcan

Yesterday, we made the 1.5 hour drive from Boquete to Volcán, Panama. While Boquete is beautiful, and many people choose it as a retirement destination, it didn’t hold a whole lot of luster for us as a place to stay more than a few days. We found the town to be a bit too crowded and cramped for our tastes.

As soon as we made the turn off the main highway leading up to Volcán, however, our jaws started dropping, and continued to drop the further we drove. With lots of open farm land, cascading mountains, and rolling hills, we really felt like we could breathe here – the drive itself was truly breathtaking, refreshing, and good for the soul. For us, if we compared Boquete to Park City, Utah, we can compare Volcán to the Heber valley, but on a much grander scale. The pictures below just don’t do it justice.

View from our rental house

View from our rental house

Once we were in town, we took a wrong turn and headed up the mountain for about 20 minutes. The views were so spectacular, we didn’t really notice there was no civilization and that we were probably going the wrong way. Eventually we turned around and found Las Plumas, the rental homes where we’re staying for the next 7 nights. The homes are really well taken care of, and secure. The furnishings are lovely and comfortable, and we have reliable Internet access! There’s also a little yard for the girls to play in.

Near Cerro Punta

Near Cerro Punta

After we got settled, we took a drive further up the road to the towns of Cerro Punta and Guadalupe, which are known for their strawberries, and even more beautiful views. We browsed the street vendors and bought some strawberry bread (delicious!), raspberry jam (even better), a strawberry “duro” (frozen pureed strawberries and sugar – delicious!), and a nice hot tamale.

After coming back for a rest, went went to a steak/seafood place for dinner. Emily got a delicious hamburger, Marie got fish sticks, and Jen got a sirloin steak. I just shared with everybody, and we still ended up with extra food. Then we picked out some groceries for the week, including some things the girls are used to at home like cold cereal, Macaroni & Cheese, and spaghetti.

And that night we had our first hot shower in three days! Ahh……

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  1. I really love this place! I’m glad you had us stop and walk around a bit in Guadalupe. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on any of the delicious food from the cute little shops we visited. 🙂 I really like this cute little house we are renting too. Very cozy and homey.

  2. Breathtaking! It reminds me a great deal of the north short of Kauai (where I’ll be 2 weeks from today!)

    Looking forward to more pics.

    Also – when you’re in town, grab somebody to take a picture of all four of you together 🙂

  3. yes …this is yet another beautiful place. I laughed right out loud when I read of the delicious strawberry
    treats you had then topped them off with a HOT TAMALE?? :o)


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