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Social Hour at Boquete Garden Inn

Social Hour at Boquete Garden Inn

Every guest receives a ticket to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink at our Social Hour between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.- redeemable any time during your stay. Additional drinks are very reasonably priced!

Boquete Hiking Trails – The Waterfall trail

Some new photos from the Waterfall Trail!

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New Direct Flights to Panama

Two announcements this week about direct flights to Panama:

1) Starting February 1, 2016, Emirates will launch a flight from Dubai to Panama City. At 17 hours and 35 minutes, this flight will have the distinction of the world’s longest flight.

The World's Longest Flight.

The World’s Longest Flight.

2) Air France is expanding its Paris to Panama City service, with six weekly flights between Charles de Gaulle and Tocumen International, starting November 2015.

Boquete Garden Inn’s New Breakfast

 
Our guests have spoken and we listened: We have updated our complimentary breakfast!

Complimentary breakfast at Boquete Garden Inn

Boquete Garden Inn now serves a three course hot breakfast – as always, breakfast is included with your stay!

First, guests help themselves to freshly brewed, locally grown, award winning Cafe Ruiz coffee, tea and blended fruit juice (usually a combination of local pineapple, papaya and orange juice). When seated, either Leyda, Denia or Mirian will offer you a menu, with four different items to choose from. The menu changes daily. We then serve a delicious fruit plate with three different types of fruit, accompanied by a side of yogurt. By the time you are finished, your main course is ready!

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But of course, the main feature is still ‘Breakfast with the Birds’. Tanagers, Honeycreepers, Saltators and more visit daily: singing, dancing, fluttering and fussing their way into your heart…and then they’ll even clean up your crumbs (when they aren’t too busy battling The Squirrel Family). Over the years, we have spotted over 90 species of birds at Boquete Garden Inn.

Blue Grey Tanagers enjoying Breakfast with the Birds.

Blue Grey Tanagers enjoying Breakfast with the Birds.

Summer Tanager sampling some fruit - Breakfast with the Birds at Boquete Garden Inn

Summer Tanager sampling some fruit – Breakfast with the Birds at Boquete Garden Inn

Sneak preview of Boquete before you get here

While the new mayor of Boquete, Sr Millo Vasquez, has initiated a number of important projects in Boquete, the one with the potential for the most fun and wacky hijinks is the live web cam. Located in our town’s central park, the two cameras broadcast 24/7. On top of exciting local events, you can watch old fellers nod off, teenagers preening and prancing and cell phone bunnies pimping the latest data plan.

I am looking forward to prearranging times to wave and act silly for family members and friends back home. And of course, tourists planning to visit our sweet town can get a preview before they arrive!

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

New Panama flights: United Launches Direct Panama-Denver service

More exciting news about Panama flights! (It seems this blog has morphed into a ‘new Panama flights’ blog).

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United Airlines has announced new direct flights between Denver, Colorado and Panama City, Tocumen International Airport. Starting August 2015, flights will operate daily (five times a week between September and October 2015).

And with the news of direct flights to David Panama (the addition of Copa Airlines flights between Tocumen International Airport and David Airport), it’s even easier for Coloradans (?) to come visit us in Boquete. (A large percentage of our US guests come from Colorado!)

Flights between Tocumen and David start January 15, 2015!

It’s official. Copa Airlines flights between Tocumen International Airport and David launch January 15, 2015.

Julio from Habla Ya Panama language schools, who always hears the news first, circulated this article from La Prensa earlier today.

And rates are confirmed at $166 return, all taxes and surcharges in (versus Air Panama’s rate of $275).

Great news!

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New flights within Panama?

It looks like Copa Airlines is trying to get into the regional airline business in Panama. Here’s hoping! A second airline will introduce much needed competition, more flights and, hopefully, better rates.

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Look for updates here!

Boquete: Finally – A truly central Central Park?

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Small towns in Latin America seem to be all about the central park: It’s where people gather, gossip and peddle their wares (stories, products and otherwise). In larger cities, you can choose from multiple plazas, with street performers, shoe shiners and weird mumble-y men selling coca-marijuana tea. As I drank coffee, shopped for cathedral candles and people watched in multiple parks across Ecuador, I thought about our little square in Boquete.

Boquete, in recent years, has lacked a beautiful, welcoming, truly central, central park. Two of the roads surrounding it are closed to traffic. One side of the square houses the mayor’s office, the opposite, the main road. So we really only have two streets leading to the park, and they fall short. And the actual park itself has, frankly, been an eyesore. (Highlights: Weird, modern building-block fountain and the truly impressive statue of Spinal Tap proportions, seen below). But this seems to be changing. The new(ish) mayor, Sr. Millo Vasquez, is working on creating a central park that we can be proud of.

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‘Frog Perched on Coffee Plant’ or ‘Jabba the Hutt Attempts to Contain his Entrails.’ Photo courtesy of Lee Zeltzer, Boquete Guide blog.

I’ve heard that Sr. Millo is ripping out the modern fountain and I don’t remember seeing Jabba yesterday. The mayor also had the concrete seating painted a soft green (sounds odd, looks good), getting rid of the garish orange. And the park is now awash with plants and flowers that are alive and not potted in old tires or sewer pipes (true story). And local artist, Chalo, (blog post on this eccentric, tree-top dwelling artist forthcoming) is setting to work on an elaborate wood sculpture. (During rainy season we lost some trees to high winds). His sculptures are well known across Boquete. He works with trees that have to be taken down due to disease or high winds and transforms the trunks into his own version of a totem pole.

It was a welcome site on my first day back in Boquete: It was as if I clicked my heels and got myself the makings of a new central park.

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Part of the carving..Boquete Central Park

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Coco y Pippa

No he escrito en tres meses porque le prometí a la próxima entrada sería en español. Aquí lo tienes…

Me gustaría presentarles a Coco y Pippa. Ellas hablan español perfecto.

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Al principio, Coco cubrió los oídos de Pippa cuando practicaba mi español porque era tan horrible.

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A veces ella se trata de escapar de mi mal español.

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Ahora ellas escúchame y tenemos conversaciones excelentes.

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(Sí, esto era una excusa para publicar fotos de mis gatos.)

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