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“Magical trip-- must interact with woman owner!”

El Explorador Gardens
Ranked #29 of 48 things to do in Boquete
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Owner description: At El Explorador Gardens, we offer 5 acres of walking trails where you can explore to your heart's desire. Our walking trails include views of our coffee plantations, fruit and vegetable gardens, hundreds of different varieties of flowers, exotic plants and all kinds of interesting quotes and figurines made out of 100% recycled materials placed strategically among the gardens. On weekends, you can enjoy our coffee shop as well. Additionally, we have a junior and a master suite available for our visitors.
Reviewed 29 August 2013

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.

2  Thank Justine D
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Go to this quirky garden for a gorgeous view of the mountains, an amusing tour of repurposed pots, pitchers, and sewing machines, and take the time to read the philosophy quotes. Expect some odd details and you will be pleasantly surprised with the heartfelt guided tour by the landowners and their clear love of nature.

1  Thank Ashley M
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Supposedly the gardens were designed along the lines of Alice in wonderland...erm no. Firstly the vegetation was mostly dead, brown crispy and uninteresting. Secondly...hanging CDs with faces drawn on them from trees is not particularly jaw dropping. Lots of huts full to the rafters with rubbish..imagine emptying your loft and throwing it all into a small hut...old typewriter, hammer, empty yoghurt pots and a few limbless dolls etc. really really boring. Arrived and left with 25 mins...the empty rubbish filled pond that supposedly housed koi carp was the final straw...

Also they charge you more to enter if you are foreign..this annoys me as we don't do that here in the Uk

Overall a waste of my afternoon!

3  Thank LondonCouple01
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Bit old but fun and interesting. Taake a cab and have him come back and pick you up. Good music out of qurkey speakers and fun for a hour.

1  Thank jLpriceHouston
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Just down the road from Coffee Estate Inn, this is a place full of wonder, especially for adults. Anyone interested in naive art should fork over the small entrance fee and then soak it up.

1  Thank cvalent9
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