Panama celebrates the end of the coffee harvest and tourist experiences in Chiriquí

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Panama celebrates the end of the coffee harvest and tourist experiences in Chiriquí
Thu April 08, 2021

The area is known for the production of the famous Geisha coffee, considered the most valuable in the world and is harvested by the indigenous Ngäbe and Buglé communities

Panama celebrates the end of its iconic coffee harvest season and the tourist experiences of the Chiriquí Highlands region. Known for the production of the famous Geisha coffee, the most valuable in the world, which is harvested by the indigenous Ngäbe and Buglé communities, the Chiriquí Highlands have a very fertile volcanic soil that makes the area perfect for agriculture and farming. nature exploration.

“La Cosecha” is an exclusive three-day event dedicated to celebrating the season, inviting coffee fans to learn about the extensive process that results in the creation of some of the best coffees in the world. In its fourth edition, held from April 8 to 11 this year, the event offers luxurious and intimate experiences, from individual tours with the main coffee pickers of the region, a special coffee ritual, cultural immersions with the indigenous Ngäbe community. , to a coffee tasting enjoying the sunrise at the top of the famous Barú Volcano.

Although the roots of coffee run deep in the Highlands and Chiriquí province, that is not all that this mountainous destination offers. The area is also known as the land of flowers: a place for mountain climbers, bird watchers, and travelers with a passion for indigenous culture and natural attractions. Travelers who wish to visit the province can participate in numerous experiences of the three heritages of Panama: Green (nature), Blue (oceans) and Cultural.

Adventurers can hike to the famous Barú Volcano, which reaches more than 3,000 meters above sea level, making it the highest point in Panama. Its summit is the only place in the world where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans can be observed at the same time. Here, hikers can camp high above the clouds to gaze at the stars and see the summit at sunrise, or hike at night to get there in time for incredible sunrise views.

Culture lovers can choose to visit the Ngäbe and Buglé, two of Panama's seven indigenous communities, who pride themselves on sharing their culture, worldview, and history with visitors, as well as the beautiful landscapes and attractions that surround them. to your community. Ngäbe communities offer experiences that include cocoa tours, waterfall hikes, a day on organic farms, handicrafts, and cultural nights in an ecologically sustainable environment.

Nature lovers will enjoy the journey to find the Lost Waterfall, a beautiful hike through the dense tropical jungle that leads to three beautiful waterfalls in Boquete, Chiriquí. Visitors can also participate in excursions that offer white water river rafting and zip lines crossing through the rainforest, with a unique view of the natural landscapes and wildlife. For bird watchers, a trip to Panama is not complete without visiting the impressive cloud and tropical forests of La Amistad International Park, famous for its biodiversity, which has more than 600 species of birds. One of them is the Resplendent Quetzal, a striking bird that was sacred to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs.

Travelers can reach the Highlands by road (a 7-hour drive from Panama City) or take a domestic flight of less than an hour to David, Chiriquí, followed by a 45-minute road trip. Visiting the Chiriquí Highlands supports Panama's Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, recently recognized by UNESCO as an example of innovation and sustainability, highlighting the unique new tourism experiences in Panama. The plan reactivates Panama's Tourism, Conservation and Research (TCI) strategy. The updated TCI strategy focuses on three fundamental areas: the Cultural Heritage (multifaceted culture), the Green Heritage (extraordinary biodiversity) and the Blue Heritage (ocean wonders) of Panama.


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