Chiriqui, Panama - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Chiriqui

The beautiful Chiriqui province of Panama is mostly agricultural land, with a range of climates and ecosystems from sea level to 13,100 feet (4,000m). There are a number of towns and cities, though most are small villages. Two of the most popular tourist destinations in Chiriqui are Boquete and Cerro Punta, towns near the Barú Volcano. The towns make good starting point for treks into the wilder parts of the province.

Chiriqui's increasing popularity for tourism is focused mainly on adventure travel however, with activities such as white-water rafting and kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and bird watching available year-round in the provinces warm climate. The highlands of Chiriqui are also a delight for botanists with more than 1,200 varieties of orchids growing wild.

The province also has a number of pretty beaches that are natural habitats for Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtles. Boca Chica and Las Olas are popular resorts along the coast, and offer activities such as fishing trips, scuba diving among coral reefs, expeditions to the Chiriqui highlands and mangrove forests, and tours of the local rum factory.

The official language is Spanish. However, many Panamanians speak both Spanish and English.

The official currency is the Panamanian Balboa (PAB), equal to 100 centesimos, but the US Dollar is accepted everywhere at a rate of B1 = US$1. Balboa are available only in coin denominations. The only paper currency used is US dollars. It is easy to exchange currency and travellers cheques in Panama at banks, exchange shops, hotels and the airport. Avoid the black market. The best rates are offered at the larger banks. Old, creased and dirty foreign notes may be refused for exchange. Most major credit cards, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners club, are widely accepted. There are about 300 ATMs in Panama City. Banks are usually open from 8am to 1.30pm on weekdays.

Local time is GMT -5.

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