Last Tuesday, I made a trip to Boquete with the sole purpose of visiting Paradise Gardens. I have planed on going many times before and when I would get to Boquete, the day would turn rainy and I would cancel my trip. Tuesday was a very nice morning to go. It was fresh from an previous night’s rain, and perfect for viewing nature and all of the treasures that Paradise Gardens holds.
In a short time, Paradise Gardens has become a Boquete fixture. It is loved by visitors and its surrounding neighbors as well. Lets take a little tour through the gardens and I think you will want to put it on your list of places to visit, when you are in Chiriquí.
To get there, take the road to Volcancito, which is at the intersection by the Cefate. Paradise Gardens will be past Fresa Mary’s and on the right side of the road.
Many of its neighbors think so much of Paradise Gardens, that they donate time for giving tours or assisting in one way or another. The following photo is a perfect example. This young lady is working on illustrating the animals that will great you when you enter.
When you pass through the entrance, to the right, prepare to walk slow, so that you don’t miss anything. A $5.00 donation is requested, but I think you will find it worth much more, when you see the care and planning that is going into this sanctuary.
The days, that Paradise Gardens is open, are Tuesday through Sunday. Plan ahead. You don’t want to miss this nature wonderland.
Take your time as you walk down this path to the beginning of Paradise Gardens. You are going to be greeted with many beautiful plants, and other ornamentation, which will prepare your senses for what is to come.
This is a plant I haven’t seen often and I really like it.
When you get to the beginning of the tour/walk, you will either have a guide to escort you and tell you about what you are seeing, or you will be provided with a paper guide in English or Spanish. The paper guide has a map of the route and what is located at all locations.
As we begin our walk, I feel like I am being watched. Be careful of all secrets you tell others on your walk. Some of the animals can repeat what they hear.
All cages have a description of its contents and where they were obtained and other information. Take your time to read them all.
This is the Tamarin from the previous photo. Unfortunately, the camera chose to focus on the wire mesh and not the Tamarin. However the wire came out nice and clear.
Some of the animals can be fed and if they can, there may be a container with the appropriate food. Do not bring food for the animals. They have special diets and only what is provided should be given them.
Remember that not everything of interest will be in cages. Take this gorgeous orchid for example.
The gardens also has an aviary, with many varieties of birds in Panama.
If you have the time, they have a nice sitting area to rest and watch the birds.
There are a lot of birds to see. Remember to keep your fingers outside the wire. The birds will try to trim your nails for you and it may be a little shorter than you prefer.
The landscaping and all of the decorations of the gardens are very well done. This fountain, for example, contains these large rocks from Ireland. This may be as close to the blarney stone as I will ever get.
One real treat, we had, was to get to see a baby sloth. Its mother had been killed and eaten by some of the local Indians, but the baby was saved. As many locals learn about Paradise Gardens, they bring animals that they have rescued here.
Paul was kind enough to bring out the Margay for us to see. Such a gorgeous animal.
To see the rest of the photos that I took, visit the Chiriquí Chatter photo album.
If you happen to stop by Paradise Garden, tell Jenny and Paul that you heard about their wonderful wildlife rescue center on Chiriquí Chatter. If you are interested in donating to this cause feel free to comtact Paul Saben.
If you have been before, plan on going again. There is a lot of construction going on. A new Japanese garden is planned to open in December.