Paraíso Tranquilo

Paraíso Tranquilo $769,000

Tired of the noise, conflict, threats, and hassle?  Time to escape?  Paraíso Tranquilo is a peaceful slice of paradise just 12 minutes up a paved road above Boquete in the Chiriqui Mountains of Panama.

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This approximately 4,500 sq ft Tuscan-inspired 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes a high-ceiling living room with double-sided river rock fireplace opening out on to an expansive terrace/porch which overlooks the small valley below.  The living room opens into a dining room and a kitchen with granite counter tops and Burmese Cherry cabinets.  The open concept extends out to a huge terrace/porch ideal for entertaining. It has been called “the most beautiful house in Boquete.” The home is all one level … no steps and the master bath features a large, light-filled walk-in shower.

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The open concept extends out to a huge terrace/porch ideal for entertaining.

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The estate includes a fully furnished, charming 1 bedroom guest house which can be rented out.


A private driveway lined with beautiful king palm trees leads to the main house. The estate is located off a paved road 12 minutes from the town of Boquerte and only 35 minutes by 4-lane highway from he new, giant mall now under construction in David, Panama’s second largest city and location of hospitals and the David airport.


3.5 acres abounds with coffee, bananas, oranges, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Enjoy your own home-grown coffee, orange juice and bananas for breakfast!


Offered at $769,000, below replacement cost. Available with or without existing corporation. Owner will accept payment US bank to US bank in US, thus avoiding cost and hassle of transferring money out of the US to Panama. Will consider trade for comparable property in Sonoma County, CA.

READ “Behind The Scenes” … everything you want to know about the cost of operating and running a property in Panama!  

Additional Estate Photos – Skype: richard.detrich – In Panama: Richard  507-6549-4736 or Nikki 507-6808-4833 – US 707-243-3454

If you are in Panama or planning a house hunting trip or would like to schedule a visit, please let us know.


For The Birds

mike-webber-fiery-billed-aracariSince Nikki recently spent some time visiting our children in the States and I was working a Fall Foliage Cruise in Canada and New England, our friends Mike Webber and Muzz Laverty house sat for us and took care of our dogs. Mike and Muzz are avid
bird watchers, as are many other folks in Boquete, and take bird watching very seriously. Mike is also a great photographer and took all the accompanying photos on our property.

mike-webber-black-chested-jayNow we knew that we are “bird friendly” and we grow “bird friendly” and “shade grown” and “frog friendly” and “rain forest friendly” coffee, as do most of the small and large coffee growers in Boquete. But no one, well only one very profitable local grower I know, has invested the  thousands of dollars necessary to buy one of these marketing labels. All of these, including the Fair Trade label, are giant marketing schemes. A grower has to pay thousands of dollars to belong, then fly people down from cities in the US, pay all their expenses, wine and dine them in expensive hotels, so they can proclaim “Yes, you grow coffee” and then mike-webber-black-chested-jays
you can use their label. I know of only one grower in town that can afford that! Doesn’t all that stuff … Fair Trade and the rest … help the little guy? No. The true little guy can’t afford that stuff, and the reality is it makes it harder, not easier. Only the big and giant companies and coops can afford those marketing  schemes.

All the growers in Boquete I know ARE already bird friendly, respect the environment and grow shade grown coffee. Not for any label, but because it’s mike-webber-hummingbirdthe right thing to do! Panamanians respect the environment and because our area is heavily populated by Indigenous folks for whom unity with nature is key to their belief system, being friendly to the environment is just part of who we are.

If you want to grow the kind of fine specialty coffee we grow in Boquete, you need shade without paying for some marketing label or financing trips for muckety muck self-proclaimed experts from the States flying down to tell you. Obviously, it’s a lot more fun for coffee aficionados who are stuck behind desks
mike-webber-crimson-backed-tanagerand in tiny cubicles in the States to fly down for a working vacation in Boquete than line up at Starbucks.

Panama has 978 species of birds which we love and protect, so of course we are bird friendly. Dah! So we already knew that our farm was bird friendly … we just didn’t know how friendly! Mike and Muzz found, and photographed, birds on our property we didn’t know we had. Muzz said, “If you just sat on your back terrace and watched you could eventually count 100 species right here!”

We know we live in a spectacular spot of paradise, which is why it is hard for us to admit that the time has come in our lives when we need to seriously downsize and offer our beautiful home for sale.






Boquete Center of Panama’s Coffee Culture

Panama properties for sale and rent by owner.

enjoy-coffee-life-is-short Coffee is to the mountain town of Boquete, Panama, much the same as wine is to Napa, California. Ken Davids, writing in Coffee Review, says

“ . . . Boquete Valley resembles California’s wine-growing Napa Valley. The Boquete terrain is more precipitous than Napa’s, its river more sparkling, its farms less pretentious, but the feel of an entire community focused with passion and sophistication on a single specialty crop is familiar . . .”

dsc_0115Coffee has been at the heart of life in Boquete since it was settled by European farmers near the end of the 19th Century.  On the slopes of the highest mountain in Panama, high quality Arabica coffee has thrived in the rich volcanic soil, cool climate, warm rain, and mixture of sunny days, cool nights and sufficient cloud cover to make our coffee naturally shade grown.  We have large farms which export massive amounts of coffee to big companies, yes, like Starbucks, who blend our coffee to bring up 009the taste of their ordinary coffees.

Just down the road in Palmira, a community just outside and above Boquete, is the home of Cafe Esmerelda and Price Peterson who has developed the Geisha strain of Arabica coffee which is the second most expensive coffee in the world, second only to the stuff from Indonesia that is eaten and excreted by the civet animal.  Then someone digs through the civet poop, pulls out the beans and sells it to you at an exorbitant price.  Peterson’s coffee is far more appealing, even at over $100 a pound wholesale and tastes far better.  I can only describe it as “like drinking liquid velvet.”

Boquetdsc_0057e produces “specialty coffee” which is defined as “a coffee that has no defects and has a distinctive flavor in the cup…like wine and honey, specialty coffee has a unique flavor thanks to the micro-climates that produce it.”   Our little town has 21 different micro-climates, and just like micro-climates in wine growing regions, each produces as slightly different cup of coffee.  The old guys in Boquete  can sip a cup of coffee and tell you what farm produced it!

We have large farms and small farms.  A lot of expats, like ourselves, have, developed small farms producing coffee, some making a business out of it, selling their coffees to tourists in town or at the Tuesday Morning Market, or selling it online and mailing it to the US and Canada, or selling their entire production to upscale coffee-pickingrestaurants in North America who want to be able to serve an exclusive single-source coffee.  Others, like us, have what are essentially hobby farms, breaking even but having a blast growing, consuming and sharing exquisite coffee.    Ours has flavors of chocolate,  black cherry,  plum, blackberry, with a citrus finish.    With our coffee you never have that bitter aftertaste on the sides of your tongue that you get with many coffees.  Most of our coffee we sell “in the cherry” to the large producers, but what we keep out for our own use we process entirely.

Most of the physical work is done by Gnabe Bugle Indigenous people who have lived in this area since before Columbus arrived and are the essential backbone of all agriculture in Panama.  They are the only Indigenous group that was never subjected by the Spanish conquerors.  Most of the large farms import Indigenous folk from the Gnabe Bugle Comarca [a little like a US Indian OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReservation except that the Indigenous live there by choice and have complete autonomy and are self-governing] but we are small enough that we use our neighbors, families who’ve now worked with us 8 years.   We’ve watched their kids grow and start their own families.  So we break even with coffee, although, the truth is I think we would gladly have paid for this experience.

When we take our coffee into town to sell it we meet neighbors with trucks loaded down with hundreds of bags, and those who’ve come in cabs to sell maybe a single bag.  It is a wonderful experience!