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Coffee With a Panamanian View?

Welcome to the Chiriqui highlands! In the western part of Panama is a hidden gem of a region that will amaze all visitors. Located at the foothills of the Baru volcano, the highest point in the country, the Highlands are home to the farms that produce the world’s most valuable coffee—Geisha. This region has a fascinating history that brings together indigenous communities, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking nature.

Take a Look From Up High

The Chiriqui highlands are an unmatched destination for travelers who love craft food and beverages. Thanks to the rich volcanic soil that the Baru volcano provides and the winds from the Carribean sea and the Pacific ocean colliding in the valley, the climate creates a land where spring never ends with temperatures usually between 13°C (55°F) and 24°C (75°F) year round. This climate is ideal for farming, giving both the entire country and local restaurants and cafes amazing coffee and delicious fresh produce to put on their tables for you to indulge.

The mild temperatures will also give you the opportunity to experience the region to its fullest at any time of the year. Whether you want to hike, river raft, camp, or spend some time in one of the best bird watching destinations in the Central American region, the Chiriqui highlands are a playground for all sorts of adventures.

Explore Everything That Makes the Highlands Special

The Chiriqui highlands are a great place to immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Ngäbe and Bugle. The Ngäbe-Bugle are the original inhabitants of the region and two of the seven indigenous communities still present in Panama. Historically, they have worked as coffee pickers in the highlands but, now, they are also becoming tasters, farmers, tour guides, and roasters.

Indigenous communities in Panama have an ancestral relationship with the land rooted in the respect of nature. That respect has spread to everyone living and working in the Chiriqui highlands. The farmers and the locals know that this is a special place so they use sustainable practices to keep it special for those who live here, as well as those who visit.

Experience the Best of the Highlands

We’ve curated a coffee circuit including an eclectic group of farms open to visitors in Boquete, Volcan, and the greater Chiriqui region. Relatively close to each other, these farms offer a variety of exciting experiences, from fine dining to ziplining and farm tours. They have also been thoroughly reviewed, certified, and are all excited to welcome you.

  • Boquete Tree Trek

    Boquete Tree Trek

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Boquete Tree Trek is a unique farm experience for the ultimate adventure. Come experience a guided tour of the farm and a coffee tasting along with a tea tour that’s unique in Central America. Then, thrill your senses with one of 12 zip lines or 6 suspension bridges.

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  • Cafe Kotowa Finca Cristal

    Café Kotowa Finca Cristal

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    This award winning coffee farm is located in a unique and pristine environment right next to the National Park, where you can tour and understand their Geisha coffee process as well as their Tea farm where you will learn how to make white, red, green and black tea.

    You can visit their Rum Cellar, where 20 year old rums are aging in 50 gallon barrels. Their Hanging Bridges trail and Zipline are a must for nature lovers.

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  • Finca Lerida

    Finca Lerida

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Finca Lerida is a great spot for the whole family. Established in 1924 by Norwegian engineer Toleff Bache Mönniche after working on the Panama Canal, it is the first farm that exported Panamanian coffee to Germany in 1929 and introduced this delicacy to the world in the process. The farm offers coffee tours, a close look at every process of coffee production, and even the ability to stay overnight.

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  • Finca Elida

    Finca Elida

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Elida Estate offers packages that include sweeping views of the Elida estate, a tour through the Geisha plantation and the processing plant. It shows you every step to get to the taste of it's famous coffee that you'll be able to taste too! The Lamastus Family Estate coffee, houses the most expensive coffee in the world, holding this title for two consecutive years and the highest scored coffee until this date.

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  • Finca Princesa Janca

    Finca Princesa Janca

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Enjoy a tour of the plantations and a coffee tasting session at Finca Princesa Janca. The farm also has on its premises a museum documenting the Arias family’s rich history as it relates to coffee and Panamanian politics.

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  • Café Ruíz

    Café Ruiz

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Starting at the Ruiz Coffee Shop - Villa del Café, you will have the option to pick from a couple of packages - or arrange a customized one. The visit will allow you to dive into the sustainability and biodiversity philosophy of this century-old compact coffee plantation. Learn about artisan ways of processing while getting a taste of the history of coffee and the community. You will also be able to enjoy an array of specialty coffees from the region at its coffee shop.

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  • Finca La Milagrosa

    Finca La Milagrosa

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Take a tour of the diverse plantations at Finca La Milagrosa with a coffee in your hands and discover how the farm uses recycled car parts and computers to create their own coffee roasting machines.

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  • Finca Don Pepe

    Finca Don Pepe

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Founded in 1898 by the Vásquez family, this is the oldest farm in the region. It has created amazing coffee varieties like Geishas, Caturra, Catuai, Pacamara, Borbon, Typica & Java, that you can taste and buy on the premises during one of their incredible tours. You will also learn about the life of these plants and why it is considered an organic and sustainable plantation with the environment.

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  • Hacienda Mamecillo

    Hacienda Mamecillo

    Boquete, Chiriqui

    Hacienda Mamecillo offers plenty of experiences for visitors. The list of activities available includes guided tours of the vegetable nursery, rappelling, trekking, five waterfalls to visit, over 300 years old trees, opportunities to watch nature and animals including the Mamecillo tree & the Quetzal, mountain bike tours, coffee tasting, and more.

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  • Finca Janson

    Finca Janson

    Tierras Altas, Chiriqui

    A natural paradise in the highest alpine lakes of Panama: a world class birding destination established as a natural reserve overseeing the Baru Volcano. The farm incorporates sustainable practices to ensure the health of the ecosystem while producing world-class coffee varieties, including Geisha and Pacamara, winner at the “Best of Panama 2020” competition.

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  • Finca Ceriana

    Finca Ceriana

    Tierras Altas, Chiriqui

    Finca Ceriana provides visitors with 5 tours that are geared toward families, nature lovers, and explorers. Their experiences include guided tours of the coffee plantations, farm life, horseback riding, classy picnics, trekking, observation of the flora, access to more than 204 species of birds, and more.

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  • Finca Cafe Eleta

    Finca Café Eleta

    Renacimiento, Chiriqui

    Neighbor to La Amistad International Park (PILA), declared as a World Heritage Site for its rich and abundant biodiversity, Café de Eleta is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. The farm focuses on specialty coffee production in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Activities available include guided tours and tasting sessions.

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  • APRE

    APRE

    Renacimiento, Chiriqui

    The Asociación de Productores de Renacimiento (APRE) is an association of 75 member farms located in Renacimiento. It helps local farms process the grain and distribute coffee nationally and internationally. Although the association doesn’t offer tours, some of the member farms do.

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  • Finca Candela

    Finca Candela

    Tierras Altas, Chiriqui

    At Finca Candela, you will have the possibility to go on an intricate tour of the coffee plant and witness the process that turns the coffee fruit into coffee beans. The farm also offers coffee tasting sessions for those who want to enjoy a cup or two.

  • Finca Don Lara

    Finca Don Lara

    Tierras Altas, Chiriqui

    Finca Don Lara offers a tour of the plantation and a lesson on the coffee varieties available in the region given by the owner himself, Mr. Felix Lara. Depending on the season, you can also take part in the coffee harvest.

Ready to See It and Taste It?

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