You can reach Chiriquí on a 6 hour drive and on a 1 hour flight from Panama City. It is the third most important province in the country and is located on the western Pacific coast, bordering to the north with the province of Bocas del Toro and the Ngobe-Bugle regions; west with Costa Rica; east to the province of Veraguas and south to the Pacific Ocean. The province has a surface of 6.547,7 square kilometres and is divided in 13 districts, composed by 96 administrative divisions.
This province was discovered by Gaspar de Espinosa in 1519 and created on May 26th, 1849 when Panama was still part of Colombia. Until the arrival of the Spanish, different indigenous tribes lived in the region grouped with the name of Guaymíes.
Chiriquí is still an undiscovered paradise, El Valle de la Luna, as called by the indigenous people offers the best tourism features, especially for eco-tourism lovers. In the middle of a large diversity of flora and fauna, the region is distinguished by its beautiful beaches, high mountains accompanied by incredible scenery and refreshing climate, without forgetting the possibility of being able to meet autochthonous communities. The province in general has a number of squares, hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, discos and entertainment centers.
The city of David, capital of the province, was founded in 1602 by Captain Juan Lopez and baptized with the name of San Jose de David. This is the third most important city in the country and with strong commercial activity after Panama City. It hosts the famous San Jose International Fair, held each year and one of the main tourism attractions of the region. David is known for its wide and elegant colonial plazas, among them the San Jose Cathedral and Art and History Museum.
The high areas on the outskirts of David, help alleviate the heat of the city and helps look over green volcanic and exuberant scenes. The Barú Volcano, has two tourism areas: Boquete in the eastern side and the towns of Volcán, Bambito, Cerro Punta and Guadalupe to the west.
For those that love physical activity we invite you to climb the Barú Volcano, located in the National Park that holds the same name. From the peak measuring 3.477 meters you can see the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Another popular entertainment activity is rafting along the Chiriquí River especially during the rainy season from May to December. If you love to swim in thermal waters or cool rivers then you will enjoy the area of Caldera.
Boquete, known as Valley of the Flowers is also home to one of the world´s best cafes. Its one of the favourite destinations for those that love adventure sports, bird watching, navigate in rafts or kayak, carry out excursions or if you prefer the Boquete Country Club is just minutes away from town with multiple options for relaxation or entertainment. Volcan and Cerro Punta are cold areas with splendid mountainous scenery. If you prefer to go trout fishing in the mountains you can do so in the volcanic lakes or from your hotel window! In the town of Tolé you may find indigenous communities like the Guaymíes tribe.
The coast of Chiriquí is long and full of spacious sandy beaches. Two of the most popular beaches are Las Lajas and La Barquete, both one hour drive from the city of David long the Inter-American Highway. Snorkelling and diving close to the shore is one of the preferred options of many visitors.
The region also offers you the possibility of exploring neighboring islands. A few miles away you can find Paridas Islands which belongs to the Gulf of Chiriquí Marine National Park; Boca Brava Islands among others. Chiriquí offers you a paradise of opportunities, excellent weather and surprising scenery.