Hotel at a Glance: Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation and Boutique Hotel
Up in the highlands of Panama's Chiriqui province, Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation makes its home amid dense rainforest vegetation, misty mountains, and more than 500 species of birds. A coffee plantation since 1929, the property draws visitors, who stay at its boutique hotel. Deluxe rooms take advantage of the setting with a terrace that might overlook the mountains or the property’s coffee plantation. While you’re here, you can tour the fields for a firsthand look at how the coffee is produced.
- Nearby attraction: Volcan Baru National Park, a 35,000-acre wilderness less than an hour from the hotel. The park features the country's highest peak, the dormant Volcan Baru volcano.
- Hot tip: Keep an eye out for bright green Quetzal birds, which Mayan royalty held sacred. The birds are attracted to the surrounding aguacatillo trees.
- Onsite Dining: Monniche Restaurant serves fresh seafood, authentic Panamanian fare, and freshly brewed espresso on a terrace.
- Neat amenities: The deluxe room’s terrace have a hammock to enjoy the nice view.
- Coffee tour: This deal includes a tour of Boquete’s coffee fields and the property’s production facilities, followed by complimentary tasting.
Boquete, Panama: Coffee Fields amid Tropical Landscape
Located in northern Panama's highlands and along the Caldera River, Boquete is surrounded by thickly carpeted green hillsides. This area's naturally mild climate made Boquete one of the world's foremost coffee exporters. It's a scenic setting to enjoy via mountain bike, on horseback, or by car along the Bajo Mono Loop, which affords expansive views of the valley. You can also take in the scenery on a whitewater rafting trip down the Caldera River, which promises an exhilarating ride with its consistently rushing Class IV rapids.
Boquete's tropical landscape pairs with quirky ephemera at the El Explorador gardens. Stroll through this whimsical public park to see oddly pruned shrubs and colorful blooms sharing space with old televisions, bottles, and clothing repurposed into art. Lonely Planet likens the park to "something out of Alice in Wonderland."
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