Aside from its floral and volcanic attractions lies another reason for traveling to Boquete—the vast array of athletic and leisure activities to be undertaken at this locale.  Outside the wildlife and waterfalls are trails and courses for horseback riding or golf.  Hiking and rock climbing are big here as well.

Check out one of the many trails of Volcan Baru National Park if you are interested in tropical rainforest habitats or if you enjoy spectacular hikes.  Should you want to climb, prepare for a four-hour mounting of the volcano itself.  (Or, if you’d rather trade a more natural trek for convenient amenities, allow yourself only 45-minutes for an upwards climb via a 4x4 vehicle.)

There are numerous rivers in the Boquete area that offer prime whitewater rafting opportunities.  The Chiriqui Viejo River makes for some real adventure.  The river boasts two raft-able segments, one for novices and another for those with more experience and intrepidness—each surrounded by the stunning natural scenery that envelops the waterway on both sides.  The rapids are class 3 and 4, and class 3 rapids are likewise available on the Chiriqui River.  For an easier time, the Rio Esti offers class 2 rapids, which is perfect for a family trip with young children.

Fishing is also a favorite pastime for both locals and visitors, as the city is within reach of both the Caribbean Sea/Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pacific on the other.  Other aquatic activities popular here include surfing, diving, swimming, and plain old soaking in rays.