Cerro Punta

16 Dec

On Wednesday, the 12th, we rode with Angela and Bob Hanson on a site seeing tour. They’re here to look for a place as well. They are from Chandler, AZ. They were going to drive up to Cerro Punta area, and to get there we would go thru Volcan and Paso Ancho where we will be staying later.

This is an aerial view of some of the area, found online.

This is an aerial view of some of the area, found online.

Cerro Punta is a small town in the western highlands of Panama, in the province of Chiriquí. Cerro Punta’s altitude is 6,500 feet (no snow here) above sea level just south of the Continental Divide. Many of the inhabitants of the village and the surrounding areas are indigenous Native Americans. The area is the ‘garden basket’ for Panama, growing strawberries, corn, tomatos, potatos, and many other vegetables. While there is a valley floor most of the crops are grown on the steep hillsides. They are grown by ‘hand cultivation’ because the terrain is too steep for tractors and equipment. We did see a horse being used to plow and there is a large ‘horse ranch’ in the valley. But hand labor is the only thing which can work here. Click the picture below and look for the ‘specs’ in the distance…..workers.

Typical farm scene in the area.

Typical farm scene in the area.

Another view out the windshield

Another view out the windshield

Another view of the terrain out the windshield.

Another view of the terrain out the windshield.

The road here dead ends at a large park with hiking trails to the top of the volcano.

We returned to Volcan for lunch to a place we had been last year.

Lunch in Volcan

Lunch in Volcan

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