Last week we posted about our adventure to the cloud forest and secret waterfall off the Pianista Trail. Right after that, we had a completely different hiking experience. Just another day in paradise and another weekly hike with Jere McCormick, who leads group hikes in and around Boquete on Wednesdays and Fridays.

This hike was through an area called La Estrella, high in the Jaramillo hills above Boquete. The hike is on a quiet gravel road with many meadows of grazing cattle and great views of the Pacific inlets of Boca Chica and the Cordillera Talamanca on a clear day. Best of all, it starts only about 30 minutes from our house. We don’t have to go far to be surrounded by intense natural beauty!

Plays of light on a country road
A lovely couple we met along the way. They were picking beans. She is a second-generation Boqueteña.
Home sweet home for indigenous farm workers
Every day is laundry day!
Beautiful fella!
Strangler figs are taking over this tree!
The top of Jaramillo — La India
Looking south toward the Pacific
Another farm workers’ casa, built from an old shipping container
Hiking along
Manual weed whacker!
Cabbage patch
Look closely and you can see the Pacific ocean on the horizon.
Many shades of green


  1. Mary Lea (Mimi) Reply

    Now, that looks like a hike I would enjoy! Gorgeous countryside. Thank you for taking us along with you!

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      I’m looking forward to having John show me that one! He’s really enjoying getting out on Wednesdays with Jere’s group.

  2. I love hiking and so enjoyed your great photos and a glimpse of life around and about the Boquete countryside. I especially liked the photo of the guy weed-wacking. Before our travels through Central America, I had no idea that the machete was the all-around perfect too with a myriad of uses. And you’re right – lots of shades of green!

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      John did that hike and took all those great photos! He’s turning into quite the little photographer 🙂 Yes, you won’t find a self-respecting jardinero (or any type of worker, for that matter) without his trusty machete.

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