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Chiriqui Travel Guide

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Coiba National Park © laszlo-photo

The beautiful Chiriqui province of Panama is mostly agricultural land, with a range of climates and ecosystems from sea level to 13,100 feet (4,000m). There are a number of towns and cities, though most are small villages. Two of the most popular tourist destinations in Chiriqui are Boquete and Cerro Punta, towns near the Barú Volcano. The towns make good starting point for treks into the wilder parts of the province.

Chiriqui's increasing popularity for tourism is focused mainly on adventure travel however, with activities such as white-water rafting and kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and bird watching available year-round in the provinces warm climate. The highlands of Chiriqui are also a delight for botanists with more than 1,200 varieties of orchids growing wild.

The province also has a number of pretty beaches that are natural habitats for Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtles. Boca Chica and Las Olas are popular resorts along the coast, and offer activities such as fishing trips, scuba diving among coral reefs, expeditions to the Chiriqui highlands and mangrove forests, and tours of the local rum factory.

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