Archive for August, 2010
Boquete Mountain Safari is always measuring, adjusting and listening to feedback to get their tour mix just right. Guest favourites include the Wildlife/Hiking tour ($40 for half day) Caldera Hot Springs with Horseback Riding ($50 for 5 hours) and the Cloud Forest Safari 4×4 jeep tour ($35 for half day) The guides are excellent – knowledgeable and friendly.
Many people ask me if it’s necessary to hire a guide for hiking. I think it’s a really good idea if you’ve got limited time and want to see as much as possible. These guys know how to call down birds, take you to the best trails and give you a mini-tour of surrounding areas on the way to the trails.
And a new feature for Boquete Mountain Safari: ‘add a coffee tasting to your tour’…
Add a coffee tour to the Cloud Forest Safari, Wildlife Hike or Horseback Riding and it’s only $50- $55 per person for a five-hour tour. Awesome value and expertise!
We organize tours for our guests at no additional charge – it’s a complimentary service and most tours pick up at the hotel! Send us an email if you’d like more information!
“How do we get to Boquete without an overnight stay in Panama City?”
Many guests have asked us about flying from San Jose, Costa Rica to the regional airport in David Panama (closest airport to Boquete) versus flying from Panama City.
The reasoning behind this: Boquete is very close to the Costa Rica border. Guests want to get to Boquete as quickly as possible, without spending a night in Panama City. This is technically an option, but the timing is very tight.
Panama flights leave San Jose for David Panama on: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 am local time. So, unless your flight lands in San Jose very early, you’ll still have to spend a night in a big city. Given the choice, I’d rather stay overnight in Panama City than San Jose.
Another option available soon: David Airport Expansion
The David airport is set to undergo a major expansion, which will open up this side of the country to more Panama flights. Copa Airlines recently announced that it will provide service from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to David, starting the first quarter of 2011. (Right now, travellers have to do a 30-minute land transfer from Tocumen International to the regional airport in Albrook and then take a flight to David.)
Panama Flights – Regional airlines
Air Panama www.flyairpanama.com
Thanks to Ursula from Panama Travel Group, we’ve received some exciting updates about new direct flights to Panama.
Madrid – Panama Airline: Iberia. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting October 1, 2010
Frankfurt – Panama Airline: Lufthansa. Departure dates to be determined. Starting November 1
Panama – Japan – Salomon Shamah, administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, is visiting Japan with a Copa Airlines rep to submit a business plan to the directors of All Nippon Airways (ANA). If this goes forward, an air link would be established in 2011.
Panama – Amsterdam– Air France-KLM plan to increase their weekly flights on this route in November, possibly up to seven a week.
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