Yesterday, we went to Volcán, about a hour’s drive from our home in David. Volcán Barú is the highest point in the area (and the country). Boquete is on the eastern side of Volcán Barú, and Volcán is in the western side. I had heard it’s lovely so I was happy to visit. It is true! It is a so beautiful and I took tons of photos.
Volcán feels a bit different from Boquete. There are more open spaces, more flat areas, and though we saw a number of expats it seems less touched by the expat community. This is the dry season but everything was so green!
I have divided up my photos into a few galleries… The first one is views of the countryside from the road heading to Volcán.
Heading up the road, mountains up ahead. Excuse the reflections and altered color from the photos I took through the car windshield.
Everything in the area looks so lush and green.
I don’t know if cattle grazing keep the grass under control or if it just grows to this height. The countryside almost looked manicured.
There seemed to be a lot of dairy cattle in the area. Here are some next to pink periwinkles that seem to grow wild in a lot of the ditches
Masses of periwinkles beside the road!
There were also a lot of angle trumpets in bloom, really beautiful.
I kept this photo because of the indians in their colorful dresses
More green, lush hillsides
There are a lot of colorful flowers in the area. This house had an especially beautiful display of flowers.
The hill here looked terraced. I’m not sure if it grew that way naturally or if they did that to grow something.
More lush green fields
A very pretty river
Another view of the river with the mountains in the background
More beautiful flowers along the road
More green fields with a bit of the terraced look, mountains in the distance
These are a few photos of the town.
We arrive in Volcán
It’s not a big town but seems to have the essentials covered.
of course, everywhere you look are mountains
Open spaces like this are common within a block or two of the main road
there are lots of beautiful flowers
a man on his horse
main street, with a gorgeous view of the mountains in the background
kids playing soccer, mountains in the background
mountains everywhere you look!
what beautiful views
On our way home we found the road blocked by a fallen tree. Some guys had been cutting down a huge rainbow eucalyptus tree, and it fell in the wrong direction right across the road. Thank goodness it didn’t land on anyone, but we knew it was going to take a while to clear so we went back to town to get some lunch.
Some rainbow eucalyptus trees with their interesting and beautiful bark
these trees are very tall!
There were a lot of rainbow eucalyptus trees in the area
Joel went to investigate. Nothing was happening, so we went back to Volcán for lunch
Of course, you know I took a lot of photos of the beautiful mountains! I managed to get this collection down to 15 of my favorites. Most of them were taken from town as you can tell from the occasional utility line or building, but that is where I got out of the car to see the sights. So, in no particular order, here are my mountain photos.
One last thing – I saw this link on the bottom of the Wikipedia page on Vulcán Barú, and want to post it here so you can check it out. It’s a beautiful 360 degree panorama from the top of of the volcano. One of these days I’m going to make it up there! http://www.seeit360.com/still-photos/volcan-baru-virtual-tour