There are other options to living in the Chiriquí Province besides Boquete proper, such as one of its subdistricts. One of these is Caldera, a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss it village at the end of a long road. This area reminds me of a not-quite-desert Southwestern landscape perfectly designed for those who prefer flatland to mountains. It features breathtaking views of the the distant mountain range, tall grasses and wide, expansive skies.
About a third of the way down this road you’ll find Boquete Canyons, a gated community dotted with large houses on wide plots. The gate is manned by a guard who will record your passport number, give you a laminated sign for your windshield declaring you a visitor, then open the gate manually to let you pass.
The other day we visited friends in Boquete Canyons. These are the pictures of the first third of the road to Caldera and the scene inside the gated community.