In Panamá: El Explorador
One of the reasons to spend time in Boquete, Panamá is for the wonderful hiking. If you walk on almost any road that intersects with the main street, up you go and soon have great views of the town, coffee plantations, and green mountains.
One path we took is about an hour walk from the center of town – up a steep hill to the Lonely Planet Panama recommended site: El Explorador – “The gardens are designed to look like something out of Alice in Wonderland, with no shortage of quirky eye-catching displays, including fanciful suspension bridges, koi ponds and playful sculptures” (165).
It’s $5.00 each for foreigners to enter this private garden. At first, I thought “ridículo!” – but the place grew on me. The figures and garden decorations often included sayings – many of them inspiring.
Here are some of my favorite:
As you can see, my translations aren’t quite right. Let me know your better versions.
When you are in Boquete, spend an afternoon climbing to El Explorador and enjoying the quirky, peaceful spot. Vaya con Dios, Renée