With over 140,000 tourists arriving every month in 2010 and over a million expected to arrive in 2011 the secret is definitely out. Panama is the new centre of tourism for Central America.
While the vibrant capital with it`s first class hotels, canal tours, excellent shopping and use of the U.S.dollar are all certainly features to influence this increase it is Panama`s natural beauty that really sets it apart. Where else in the world can you stand on top of a extinct volcano and view 2 oceans at the same time? Swim in the Caribbean in the morning ,the Pacific in the afternoon and have a cocktail in a mountain retreat in the evening?
Panama`s drive to attract tourism to its shores started in 1994 when it enacted it`s panama Tourism incentive Law or Law 8 as it is commonly known which declared that tourism was a public service industry of national interest and introduced a host of tax incentives to attract investment to this sector and now 17 years later the fruits are beginning to be borne. Westins , Waldorfs, Hiltons and Trump hotels are opening, all-inclusive beach resorts are flourishing , cruise ships are calling regularly, the international airport is expanding, the regional David airport is becoming international, roads are being upgraded from 2 lanes to 4 , but it eco-tourism above all else that sets Panama apart and the heart of it is in the western provence of Chiriqui and it`s heartland Boquete.
For many years Boquete has being known among American and European baby boomers and retirees as one of the best places to re-locate to for a change of pace and tranquility but over the last few years Boquete has also became a eco-tourist mecca for the well informed traveller with its rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, endless flora and fauna, white water rafting, canopy tours, rock climbing and horseback riding. In addition some of the best hostels and unique boutique little hotels can be enjoyed at very reasonable prices.
A new and exciting addition to the current offering is currently underway in the form of Chiriqui Mountain Adventures a collaboration between Windridge Global a Florida based company who have participated in residential and commercial projects in Panama in conjunction with First Panama Investment over the last few years and SPF Development Group , the largest and most accredited builders and operators of adventure parks in Central America. With the recent purchase of 2 acres of canyon edge property that allows views to the top of Volcan Baru and well as the pacific coast and the plateau of Mesa de Chorcha Chiriqui Moutain Adventures will feature zip line tours of the rain forest, hanging bridges, challenge and team building courses , nature trails, swimming in natural mountain swimming holes as well as accommodation provided in the form of a log cabin style Alpine lodge to suit the tastes of the most discerning traveller.
In addition the construction of a world class mountain bike course is expected to attract international riders and competition in the near future.
Frank Lopez founder and operator of SPF referred to Chiriqui Mountain Adventures as the crown jewel for SPF , he said “after 15 years of perfecting our trade in Costa Rica and seeing the impact of the tourist boom there we expect Panama to surpass our wildest dreams”. His partner Robert Lawrence Still of Windridge Global had a more pragmatic approach
“ finally an excuse to get out of the office”.
Whatever your reason for getting out of the office consider Panama and Boquete Mountain Adventures for your next brush with nature.
For further information please see www.windridgeglobal.com
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