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Press Release: What’s Up in Boquete? | Weather/Flood Update

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The following Press Release was issued by the Community of Boquete. Immediately below the Spanish version of this press release can also be found.

ENGLISH VERSION - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COMMUNITY OF BOQUETE - NOVEMBER 28 2008

Boquete is back on track and the town wants to put the spotlight where it belongs: on its beauty and its people

The beautiful valley of BoqueteBOQUETE, PANAMA: Boquete was in the spotlight this past week, not for its natural beauty, award-winning coffee and friendly people, but because of the damage caused by the Caldera River. The dramatic footage and photos don't tell the whole story: Boquete didn't experience long-term flooding. The river grew quickly during a short period of time and affected some structures in its immediate vicinity. The fact is, the majority of Boquete, including the downtown, roads, tours and activity businesses and most restaurants and hotels, were untouched. The people of Boquete and the business community have come together to invite the public to experience Boquete today.

Chef Charlie Collins from the Panamonte Inn & Spa

"Boquete is back on track," says Charlie Collins, Owner and Executive Chef, Panamonte Inn and Spa. "Of course, it has been a difficult week for the people of Boquete and our hearts go out to the families affected. My family has been in Boquete for three generations and some things never change: the things that Boquete has always been known for-its natural beauty, relaxing environment, fresh air, friendly people and welcoming spirit-were 100% unaffected."

Photo from Juan Villegas of the works being done on the Caldera River

Earlier in the week, media, websites and blogs were reporting on the situation in Boquete. But the photos and footage was limited to a very small section of Boquete, the rest of the town was untouched.

"Everybody saw the photos and footage, but it's important to remember: the story didn't stop there," continues Chef Collins. "The Boquete community rallied together to help the people in the areas affected by the river. The speed at which those vulnerable points were fixed was truly amazing. It speaks volumes about the character and spirit of the people in Boquete."

What's up in Boquete?

  • Airport service to David and the main road connecting David to Boquete was unaffected
  • All the main roads and the downtown were untouched
  • Traditional Boquete activities Panamanians have always enjoyed-visiting gardens like Mi Jardin es Su Jardin and El Explorador, stopping for strawberry drinks, enjoying coffee, sharing the beauty with family and loved ones-never stopped
  • Great restaurants and hotels are open for business
  • All the exciting outdoor activities Boquete is known for are still available: hiking, rafting, ziplining, rock-climbing, horseback riding, bird-watching, hot springs and coffee tours

Viewpoint from Mi Jardin es tu Jardin, Boquete is back on track"All of the traditional activities that Panamanian families have enjoyed over the years never stopped," says Lissette Ameglio, Fresas Café. "The gardens of Mi Jardin es Su Jardin and El Explorador. Stopping for a delicious strawberry batido. Enjoying a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Relaxing with your family. Boquete is the perfect place to do this. Now the sun is out and we want people to experience the beauty of our special town today."

Come and experience Boquete today!

For more information about what is happening in Boquete, please visit www.boquetetoday.com and come to Experience Boquete Today!

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL - OFICIAL COMUNICADO DE PRENSA DE LA COMUNIDAD BOQUETEÑA, 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2008

Boquete Hoy: Boquete retoma su curso: la belleza y el encanto de su gente vuelven a ser los principales protagonistas en Boquete

The beautiful valley of Boquete

Boquete volvió a ser noticia, y esta vez no por su café de categoría mundial, ni por su belleza natural o el encanto de su gente, sino por la veloz crecida del Río Caldera. Sin embargo las fotos y comunicaciones que han aparecido en los medios de información no han logrado reflejar lo acontecido de manera precisa y completa: en Boquete no se dio una inundación en el sentido estricto de la palabra. Ciertamente el río creció rápidamente en un corto periodo de tiempo pero sólo llegó a afectar algunas estructuras que se encontraban inmediatamente próximas a él. De hecho la mayor parte del distrito de Boquete, incluyendo sus calles, tours, actividades y casi la totalidad de sus restaurantes y hoteles están totalmente intactos. Los boqueteños y sus comerciantes se han unido en el día de hoy para invitar al público en general para que vengan a vivir la experiencia boqueteña.

Chef Charlie Collins from the Panamonte Inn & Spa

"Todo ha vuelto a la normalidad", comenta Charlie Collins, Dueño y Chef Ejecutivo del Panamonte Inn & Spa. "Claro que ha sido una semana difícil para Boquete y su gente. Nuestro corazón siente el dolor de aquellas familias que han sido afectadas, pero la verdadera noticia es que la comunidad de Boquete se organizó rápidamente y tanto las autoridades como la ciudadanía en general se unieron para prestar ayuda a los que la requerían y todo ha retomado su curso. Por otro lado es verdaderamente sorprendente la rapidez con la que se han reparado los daños de infraestructura. Todo esto constituye una demostración tangible y clara de la grandeza del espíritu y del carácter del Boqueteño, de nuestro Alcalde y del gobierno en general".

Photo from Juan Villegas of the works being done on the Caldera River

Al principio de esta semana los medios del país, ciertos sitios web y algunos blogs de la localidad reportaron sobre la situación en el distrito de Boquete. Pero cabe destacar que dicha información y las fotos que ha aparecido se limitan a un pequeñísimo sector de Boquete: el resto del distrito de Boquete permaneció intacto.

"Mi familia tiene tres generaciones de estar aquí", continúa Chef Collins, "y gracias a Dios te puedo decir que hay algunas cosas que nunca cambian... y aquellas cosas que siempre han atraído a personas de todo el mundo a Boquete: su belleza natural, su tranquilidad libre de estrés, su aire puro, su clima fresco y agradable, y claro que su gente no fueron afectadas de ningún modo y siguen estando presentes para todos aquellos que deseen disfrutarlas."

Boquete Hoy

  • El aeropuerto de David y la calle principal que conecta a David con Boquete no ha sido afectada de manera alguna
  • Todas las calles principales del distrito de Boquete se encuentran intactas sin ningún daño
  • Todas aquellas actividades que los panameños tradicionalmente han disfrutado: visitas a Mi Jardín es su Jardín y El Explorador, paseos familiares para tomar batidos de frutas y café de altura, parejas que van juntas a tomar fresas con crema, siguen estando presentes
  • Restaurantes con fabulosa comida de todos los rincones del mundo y maravillosos hoteles siguen estando deseosos de brindarle a sus huéspedes una inolvidable experiencia
  • Deportes extremos y actividades al aire libre siguen estando a la orden del día: hiking, canopy ziplining, tours de café, rafting, paseos a caballlo, escalada en roca, pozos termales, observación de aves, paseos escénicos y mucho más
  • "Todas aquellas actividades tradicionales que los turistas y las familias panameñas siempre han disfrutado año tras año siguen estando presentes", comenta Lissette Ameglio de Fresas Café. "Los paseos a Mi Jardín es tu Jarín y El Explorador. Tomarse un delicioso batido de fresa. Disfrutar café fresco recién molido. Relajarte junto a tu familia. Explorar el área junto a tu pareja. El sol volvió a salir y el día de hoy las personas desean volver a experimentar la belleza de este pueblo tan especial.

"Todas aquellas actividades tradicionales que los turistas y las familias panameñas siempre han disfrutado año tras año siguen estando presentes", comenta Lissette Ameglio de Fresas Café. "Los paseos a Mi Jardín es tu Jarín y El Explorador. Tomarse un delicioso batido de fresa. Disfrutar café fresco recién molido. Relajarte junto a tu familia. Explorar el área junto a tu pareja. El sol volvió a salir y el día de hoy las personas desean volver a experimentar la belleza de este pueblo tan especial.

Para más información sobre qué está pasando en Boquete, por favor visita www.boquetetoday.com y

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