Not all roads lead to Volcán… but two quite different roads arrive here.
One begins at the Boquete-David highway, a route offering some of the most stunning views in all of Panama. After a little over an hour of jaw-dropping, neck-craning scenery, you arrive in Volcán. The other, less vertical route follows the Pan-American Highway from David to La Concepción. It’s excellent road, so travel is much faster—a mere 40 minutes from David.
Eco-tourism is gaining popularity in Volcán and nearby towns such as Cerro Punta. The local climate, flora, and fauna (some of which are endangered) are of great interest to scientists and laymen alike.
The specialty of both Volcán and nearby Cerro Punta, though, are sweet and juicy strawberries. People travel for miles just for a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream, a dish widely available from restaurants and roadside fondas. The flavor is heavenly—like the nectar of the gods.
Volcán is a dream come true for nature lovers. For hikers there are two virtually untamed parks: Volcán Barú National Park and La Amistad Park, both with trails through the jungle. Or hike to the top of Volcán Barú on a clear day and gaze at both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
The easy access to larger centers, good infrastructure, magnificent scenery, adequate services, cool weather, thriving expat community, low prices, and welcoming locals make Volcán a great place to live.
Fresh, wholesome foods and a low stress level are the icing on the cake.