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:

La Felicidad

“La Felicidad es elfruto de nuestra comunion con Dios” – Happiness is the fruit of our communication with God.

Los Libros

“Books make you well, because they are vitamin “Se!

Hay Que Chuparlo

“Hay Que Chuparlo Para Mojarlo: Hay Que Empuarlo Para Metro Hay Que Lamerlo Para, Pararlo … Que Dificules Meter Un Hilo en Un Aguja.” Mi Abuela “You have to suck it up if you are wet: you have to to Lick It, Stop It … Difficulties measure a thread on a needle. says – My Grandmother

As you can see, my translations aren’t quite right.  Let me know your better versions.

El Explorador grounds

El Explorador grounds

El Alma no tiene

The spirit does not have secrets, it does not have compartments.

view and figure

Mountains and clouds from the El Explorador grounds

Barry & cat

Barry at El Explorador – with the cat that adopted him.

bag + shoe

Creative pieces everywhere

barry walking boquete

Barry walking the Boquete hills

When you are in Boquete, spend an afternoon climbing to El Explorador and enjoying the quirky, peaceful spot.  Vaya con Dios, Renée

 

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “In Panamá: El Explorador”

  1. Rosita says :

    I loved those photos!!! Those flowers are beautiful! And the coati…weh, it look more like an elephant than a coati 😉 I would like to know a less crowded Caribbean, as Trinidad & Tobago or Turks & Caicos (although the second option is much more expensive for me and will take a long time to occur…..), and do you know that here on Brazil we HAVE a piece of Caribbean? Yes, we have a piece of Caribbean here, although it isn’t divulged by international (and badly by national) midia, but it’s an idyllic place to those who want to visit Caribbean, although can’t go out of Brazil, for any reason, like the devaluation of our national money, and it’s as idyllic as some Caribbean destinies, as Punta Cana, Bahamas or even Trinidad & Tobago and have so much good options of hotels, even one of best all-inclusives in all Latin America: Salinas de Maragogi, although it’s pretty expensive…. But no worries, there are other options of hotels (and less expensive), thankfully, because I wouldn’t stay on a very luxurious (and expensive) place due to its price 😦 Our Brazilian piece of Caribbean is located at Costa dos Corais (literally “Coral Coast” in Portuguese), who’s world’s SECOND LARGEST coral barrier, in Alagoas state, losing only for the Great Coral Barrier on Queensland state, in Australia. Three examples (or small pieces of paradise) of Costa dos Corais are: Maceió (the Alagoan capital), São Miguel dos Milagres (a small fishermen village who looks like Caribbean) and the pearl of pearls: Maragogi, the paradise on Earth. Could you imagine a place where both French Polynesia and Caribbean unite in only one place? If yes, it’s located on Maragogi, an unique place on Earth, which I could recommend that, if you want to visit Brazil, put maragogi in your bucket list and you wouldn’t regret! Sadly, i never visited Costa dos Corais neither Alagoas state, but it’s on my bucket list 😀 I would like also to visit Bali.. What do you think about Bali? It’s true thats better avoid kuta region? And you want to visit Gili islands?

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