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Boquete Mountain Safari Tours Whether you're seeking rugged adventure, cool mountain waters, award winning coffee, sizzling hot springs, exotic birds, nature, geology, or panoramic vistas, Boquete Mountain Safari has the right tour for you. We can accommodate groups of 2 to 20. All of our guides were born and raised in Boquete, so they know the area very well; they are bi-lingual and great at finding the rare Quetzal and Three Wattled Bellbird, Howlers and Sloth, on our hikes. You can see what others are saying about us on TripAdvisor, IgoUgo, ThornTree, or our web site.
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Experience Boquete Today New blog designed by the Boquete Business Association to keep the world informed of the latest news, weather, activities, and hotels in Boquete, Panama.
Weather in Boquete, Panama Since 2002, the world's retirement population has been discovering Boquete as a retirement haven with low cost of living, perfect weather and beautiful people. As a result, unemployment here is low and quality of life is high. Boquete weather is characterized by a warmer Dry Season (December through March) known as Summer, and a cooler Wet Season (April through November) known as Winter. Temperatures are highly dependent on elevation, cloud cover and rainfall, with variances of up to 20 degrees Farenheit between the sea level cities of Panama City and David, to the 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level elevation of Boquete. Nights and sometimes even days, on the summit of Volcan Baru at 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), can get VERY cold so be sure to prepare for this if you intend to scale the summit. The climatic conditions and sharp incline in topography make for breathtaking beauty, as well as several micro-climates within the valley itself. Check out the weather right now by clicking on the icon below.
If you are a Horse Lover coming to Boquete, Panama, to visit or possibly re-locate, then you need to look at this new blog. It has been created by a long time resident of Boquete who is very involved with the horse community. You will find information about horse communities; horse clubs; horse events; rodeos; and interesting horse care articles from around the world. Horse Talk Panama is a great network to help you find horses for sale if you plan on staying in Boquete, Panama.
Tropical forests play an essential role in regulating the global carbon balance. Human activities have caused carbon dioxide levels to rise, but it was thought that trees would respond to this by increasing their growth and taking up larger amounts of carbon. However, enhanced tree growth leads to more dead plant matter, especially leaf litter, returning to the forest floor and it is unclear what effect this has on the carbon cycle.
A new article published in Nature Climate Change shows that as climate change enhances tree growth in tropical forests, the resulting increase in litterfall could stimulate soil micro-organisms leading to a release of stored soil carbon. See citation under "New publications."
Emma Sayer (in the photo) and colleagues used the results from a six-year experiment at STRI to show that extra litterfall triggers an effect called 'priming', where fresh carbon from plant litter provides much-needed energy to micro-organisms, which then stimulates the decomposition of carbon stored in the soil.
The researchers estimate that a 30% increase in litterfall could release about 0.6 tonnes of carbon per hectare from lowland tropical forest soils each year. This amount of carbon is greater than estimates of the climate-induced increase in forest biomass carbon in Amazonia over recent decades. Given the vast land surface area covered by tropical forests and the large amount of carbon stored in the soil, this could affect the global carbon balance.
The Volcán Barú Boquete (also Volcán de Chiriqui) is the tallest mountain in Panama and is 3,474 metres (11,398 ft) high. The last major eruption of the volcano was about 500 AD. There are reports, and some evidence, of a minor eruption around 1550 AD. However, deep in the earth, beneath your feet, the molten rock of the earth's interior still transmits heat upward through sold rock to ground water which has penetrated to that depth. This extremely hot water then forces its way upward through fissures and fractures, warming rocks and water as it goes. Where the hot water can escape at the ground surface, a hot spring is formed. The Caldera Hot Spring is produced by the emergence of geo-thermally-heated groundwater from the earth's crust.
Boquete Safari is now offering Horseback Riding in the Mountains above the Boquete Valley. Enjoy the fresh cool air; views of the Pacific, the Volcan Baru, and the Valley of Boquete. Drive in our famous Yellow Jeep to our high elevation ranch where you will saddle up and head out for the most spectacular views on horseback in Panama. The trail meanders across the mountain ridge and then down in to the rainforest. An unsurpassed Boquete experience; for horse lovers or first time riders. horses in panama Pick up at your hotel; 20 to 30 minute casual ride up the mountain; 10-15 minute riding orientation; average 2+ hours of riding; leave the ranch and head back down the mountain to your hotel.
Coffee and Boquete, Panama are synonymous. The rich volcanic valley soil combined with the high elevation and cool mountain air make Boquete one of the best places in the world to grow coffee. There are many private estates doing coffee tours; from 2 hours to 4 hours long. What is a coffee tour? The pictures below might help you understand what our coffee tour is all about.