Our Family Adventure in Panama travel blog

We rose EARLY for our trip to Western Panama

It was 6AM!

But there is always fun things to do - like coneheads

Conehead 2

Walking to the plane

Boarding for the 45 minute flight

Our lovely hotel in Boquete - Panamonte Inn

Beautiful grounds

There was a sitting room between our two rooms

The boys had their own room and so did we - Both...

Jesse on his bed

This was the only Quetzal Anne & Tom got to see -...

A walk around the base of the Baru Volcano in a rainforest

Cris (our guide) is a naturalist

The rain light is so beautiful

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Chris and the boys bonded

Tim expresses his excitement

Unbounded energy

A rain shower with natural umbrellas

There were many bridges to cross over the streram

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Jesse found this bug

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Another bridge

The stream rushes by

A volcanic rock formation

Great climbing

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The boys had a great time

The next day we went on the zip-line

We all suited up

Anne decided to sit this out (fear of heights)

Timmy got a ride with a guide because he was too light.

Jesse is ready

There he goes

Grandpa is ready?

Getting a good grip

WOW it was fast! See movie to see how fast it really...

Over the tree canopy

Tim

Jesse

After the zip-line and lunch we relaxed and looked for the Quetzal....

There it goes!

Later, we visited a coffee plantation (really a farm of 2 hectares).

We learned all about coffee farming

There were flowers among the coffee plants

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A coffee cherry and a coffee bean

Blossoms

Closer

It down-poured and we took shelter in the fertilizer shed.

Wow look at that rain

We made it back to the main building and Rich, the owner,...

Three roasts: light, medium, dark - we liked medium.

Rich was great with the kids and had them help grind the...

Rich is a grandfather and knew kids well

The coffee for tasting

Rich built a treehouse for his grandchildren and our boys got to...

The scheduled mountain biking back to the hotel was cancelled due to...

But the boys got to try the bikes out. Tim still is...

Look he may be on his own!

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Action on the zip-line.


Tuesday, April 17

This day began with an very early drive to the domestic airport for a flight to David City where we stopped for breakfast before driving on to our inn in Boquete. What a treat - instead of one shared room, we were given two bedrooms connected by a sitting room entrance, at the Panamonte Inn. The restaurant at this inn was wonderful! In the afternoon, although it poured rain, the boys, Tom and Chris went for a walk around the base of the Baru Volcano for awhile. The old volcanic rock provided good trailside climbing opportunities for Jesse and Tim.

Wednesday, April 18

Today was possibly the ultimate adventure - the zip-line! We drove into Boquete and climbed into the back of a large truck which took us and several others up to the zip-line center. There we disembarked into a very nice headquarters which included a restaurant and great viewing porch. Down the hill a bit, we all got suited up with harnesses and helmets and heavy gloves, and then sat and watched as one of the guides demonstrated the right and wrong ways to do this. (Anne got unsuited at this point and stayed behind - fear of heights!) Tom and the boys went on up the mountain in a truck and then by foot to the first of 14 platforms and 12 zip-lines between them. "Awesome!" Tim was deemed too light to go on his own, so he rode tandem with one of the guides (latched to him with a harness), and people said he had the best and fastest ride of anybody. They finally zipped into view of the porch on the last 3 lines. We had a great lunch there and bought the DVD the guides had put together of the ride. Jesse now wants to be a zip-line guide when he grows up. After lunch we sat around and that is where the boys (with their sharp eyes) saw the Resplendent Quetzal swooping in flight into the woods.

The next stop after lunch was a small organic coffee farm where we saw the plants and berries as well as storage and heard the story of growing coffee. The owner, Rich, and his wife are retired Americans who live in Panama full-time now and raise coffee. Rich provided us with a tasting of three different roasts of his gourmet and highly-prized coffee. Yum!

By now the rain was pouring down, and the mountain bike ride downhill into town was called off - too bad!

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