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Travel – Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, a national park in Panama




Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí is a national park in the Gulf of Chiriquí in Panama. This national park was found in 1994 and spread over 14,730 hectares / 36,400 acres. This area has coral reef, mangrove swamp and marine meadows with forests and white sand and has temperate air and weather. This has been given the tag “one of Panama’s best kept secrets.” It is one of the hot spots of Bouquet. It has an archipelago called Las Isla Parida where one can see green iguanas, humpback whales (from August to October), hammerhead sharks, dolphins and multiple species of sea turtle on its island beaches. One can do scuba diving, snorkeling in the clear waters along with sport fishing in the Chiriquí gulf which is beyond this national park. Islas Ladrones, Islas Secas, Boca Brava and Isla Palenque are the other islands.
Attractions of Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, Panama:
• Isla Palenque: This is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. The word Palenque actually means a refuge for escaped slaves and was given this name due to Central America’s colonial period’s Indians who were indentured to work in the Spanish mines in those times.
• Boca Brava: This is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. One can access Boca Brava from David’s Enrique Malek International Airport. From Boca Chica, one can access by a boat. Boca Chica is a small fishing village that is 5 miles from Boca Brava.
• Coiba National Marine Park: This is on the island of Coiba. There are 37 surrounding islands and islets which are 30 miles off the Panamanian coast in the Gulf of Chiriquí. During the period 1919 to 2004, this island was a political prisoner’s camp and a penal colony for criminals in Panama.
• Islas Ladrones: This is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. The word Ladrones means “thief” in Spanish. Islas Ladrones is situated to the south of Boca Chica and is 27 miles to Boca Chica. This island is the ideal point for sport fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí.
• Islas Secas: This is another island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Islas Secas is situated to the east of Boca Chica and is 16 miles to Boca Chica. This island is also another ideal point for sport fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí.

Attractions around Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, Panama:
• Volcano Baru: Which is also known as Volcan Barú; it is the highest and tallest mountain in Chiriquí of Panama. The road is very steep to the top. There are cellular towers and rock faces covered with graffiti and with a magnificent view in this place. It is about a height of 3,474 meters (11,398 ft) and is a dormant volcano. It is to the south of the Continental Divide which is in the western Chiriquí Province. The area is very fertile and served by Chiriquí and Caldera rivers. Cerro Punta is to its west and Boquete to its east. This is also known as the Baru Volcano National Park and is the core of the reserve. This core is the highest mountain of Panama which is known as the Baru Volcano.
• Finca Dracula Orchids farm: This farm is five minutes from the Los Quetzales Lodge in Guadelupe. It houses one of the complete orchid collections that are found in Latin America.
• Sendero Los Quetzales: This is also known as the Quetzales Trail. This is a Natural trail which is a link between the Boquete and Cerro Punta villages through La Amistad International Park.
• Parque Internacional La Amistad: This is also known as the Friendship International Park. It is a bi-national (Panama-Costa Rica) natural reserve which falls in the mountains of the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas Del Toro which is on the Panamanian side.
• Coffee Plantation of Boquete: This region is famous for gesha coffee which can be visited and enjoyed and one can buy coffee that is grown on the volcanic slopes.
• Whitewater River Rafting on the Chiriquí Viejo: River tours that are about 1/2 day long and full day rafting excursions. Among them are:
o Chiriquí River Rafting
o Panama Rafters
o Boquete Outdoor Adventure
• Visit Paradise Garden: This is a Wildlife Rescue Center in Panama which takes an entrance fee in order to support the centre.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit this place would be December through March which is the dry season and from May till November it gets wet and above 3000 meters it gets very cold at night. To have best views one should be on the peak at dawn, else due to fog visibility is low.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:
One can reach Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí from David’s Enrique Malek International Airport and can also be reached by boat from the small fishing village of Boca Chica. From Boca Chica, one can access by a boat. Boca Chica is a small fishing village that is 5 miles from Boca Brava. One can access Boca Brava from David’s Enrique Malek International Airport.

Enhance your trip through these travel books on Amazon:

National Geographic Traveler: Panama Fodor’s Panama, 2nd Edition Frommer’s Panama

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotel
iguide
Tripadvisor
Hablayapanama
Yahoo travel

Blogs / Sites about Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, Panama:

Fodors
isls.com
WordPress Blog
Lonelyplanet

Images and photos of Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, Panama:

Google Image Search
iguide
http://boqueteoutdooradventures.com/sea/golfo1
Venezuelapana

Videos of Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí on Youtube:

PARQUE NACIONAL MARINO GOLFO DE CHIRIQUI

Island Property on Boca Brava, Panama

“Love at First Sight – Isla Boca Brava” Jdhermann’s photos around Isla Boca Brava, Panama




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