Nestled in the southwestern corner of Panama, Chiriqui Province is a hidden gem. Hike through lush cloud forests, bathe in mineral-rich hot springs and explore smoking volcanoes. Mix things up with urban sightseeing in David and sun-soaked beach days on the Pacific coast.
Things to do in Chiriqui
Volcan Baru towers over Chiriqui Province and is a star attraction. It’s one of the tallest peaks in Panama and commands breathtaking views over the surrounding cloud forest. If you're not up for the summit hike, explore family-friendly trails in the surrounding Volcan Baru National Park, where you can spot rare birds like the resplendent quetzal.
Boquete is a gateway to Chiriqui Province and welcomes you with a friendly expat community. The charming mountain town is surrounded by lush coffee plantations and features a picturesque centre packed with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Chiriqui Province is dotted with bubbling natural hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Sink into the Caldera Hot Springs and enjoy the healing properties of the mineral-rich water. A rugged hiking trail leads to Las Tres Cascadas, a trio of waterfalls hidden in the cloud forest.
Enjoy a fix of sun, sand and saltwater on the Pacific coastline. The lively beach town of Boca Chica is popular with sunseekers and features a sandy beach lined with lush palms. Bask in the sunshine, dine at beachfront restaurants and join a guided boat tour to island-hop around the Gulf of Chiriquí National Park.
David is the capital of Chiriqui Province and offers a taste of local Panamanian culture. Shop for souvenirs at bustling markets and visit the beautiful Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia, which was built in the 19th century. It overlooks Parque Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, a tree-lined square set around an ornamental fountain. Look closely to spot iguanas perched in the trees and basking on the grass.
Getting around Chiriqui
Chiriqui Province is in the southwestern corner of Panama. The city of David is a gateway to the province and offers bus connections to Panama City in around 10 hours. Rent a car to explore the province at your own pace or use buses to travel to destinations like Boquete and Boca Chica. Enrique Malek International Airport is a 10-minute drive from the David city centre.