Highlands attractions

National Park in Highlands

Parque Nacional Volcán Barú

Volcán Barú is Panama's only volcano and the dominant geographical feature of western Panama. It is no longer active but has seven craters and its summit, at 3474m, is the highest point in Panama. On clear days it a…
Workshop in Volcán

Arte Cruz

On the west side of Hwy 41, some 3.5km south of Volcán, you’ll spot this workshop where master carver and artist José de la Cruz González makes and sells exquisite signs, sculptures and furniture in mahogany and oth…
Gardens in Guadalupe

Finca Dracula

This orchid sanctuary, 500m from the center beyond the landmark Los Quetzales Ecolodge & Spa, is one of Latin America’s finest orchid collections, with some 2600 species cultivated here. The extremely knowledgea…
National Park in Volcán

Área Silvestre Protegida Lagunas de Volcán

Some 4km west of Volcán, this protected area encompasses the highest lake system (1240m) in Panama. The two picturesque lakes swell in the rainy season, with lush, virgin forest at their edges and Volcán Barú in the…
Gardens in Boquete

El Explorador

Great for families, this private garden is located in a hilly area 3km northeast of the town center. You can walk to it in about 45 minutes. The 2 hectares of gardens are designed to look like something out of Alice…
National Park in Highlands

Parque Internacional La Amistad

Parque Internacional La Amistad was established jointly by Panama and Costa Rica in 1988; two years later it was added to Unesco's World Heritage List. In Panama the park covers portions of Chiriquí and Bocas del To…
Archaeological Site in Boquete

La Piedra Pintada de Caldera

Some of the best examples of petroglyphs found in Panama can be seen in this park at Caldera, about 23km southeast of Boquete. It's located 400m down a marked trail about 1km past the police station on the right.
Archaeological Site in Volcán

Sitio Barriles

The pre-Columbian ruins at this site 6km west of Volcán along the Río Gariche date from between AD 300 and 900, when the settlement had as many as 1000 residents. The site is on the private Finca Campestre; the owne…
Park in Boquete

Parque José Domingo Médica

Boquete's central plaza has flowers, a fountain and a children’s playground.