A couple people from the hostel and I walked through the rain to get to the Explorador Gardens. The guys were a little upset at first about the $5 per person charge to enter (maintenance only) and tried to bargain. The woman who greeted us was pretty strict so the guys handed over the money. It was raining while we walked through the gardens. We were lent umbrellas. I was thoroughly enjoying the adventure of it. The gardens themselves are lovely, set above Boquete. The most interesting part is that the woman who runs the gardens recycles everything and has put spiritual and conservationist messages throughout, along with any object you can imagine with a face added on. Bottles, shoes, etc. It's very cute. However, what really made our visit magical was interacting with the woman who owns the land. She came out after a while and, although she seemed gruff at first, ended up walking around with us, showing us particular things, and eventually inviting us in for tea. Her son prepared the most delicious tea I've ever had with pineapple, guava, lemongrass, sugar cane, etc., all from the gardens. She and her son then shared with us. She has the most delightful smile and spirit. We all left feeling so lucky that this time-killing trip to the Explorador turned into a Panamanian EXPERIENCE.
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