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Finca Lerida a Journey through Time and Tastes

Coast of Riches: A Journey Through Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama My experience at Finca Lerida, a fine resort and plantation in Boquete. This property was our first stop in Panama from Costa Rica!

Highlights

  • Lush, beautiful countryside and plantation nestled in the mountains.
  • Plethora of exotic birds to delight.
  • The best coffee I’ve ever tasted.
  • Comfortable modern rooms with nature at the doorstep.

Experience

On arrival we quickly checked-in, saw our room then joined the coffee tour. After which, we took a hike on one of the trails throughout the property. That evening we dined at Monniche Restaurant their signature establishment.

The next day we had breakfast before leaving the peaceful environment.

Read the whole experience here.

Finca Lerida Reception
Finca Lerida Reception.
Other rooms at the resort.
Other rooms at the resort.
Gardens on the property.
Gardens on the property.

Location

Finca Lerida is a few minutes drive into the mountains from Boquete town center and can be reached by taxi or bus. The positioning next to national parks and among the coffee plants provides for a unique and tranquil experience. It was one of the deepest sleeps we had on our trip.

Room

Our room was “El Jardin”, a vintage Standard Room in the garden with two double beds. Room featured a large flat screen TV (we didn’t get a chance to use), complimentary water, and fresh flowers. The decor was Scandinavian, but had a rustic yet contemporary feel to it.

Entrance to our room from the garden.
Entrance to our room from the garden.
Comfortable double beds with quality linen.
Comfortable double beds with quality linen.
The bathroom had a great shower with good water pressure. There was a large selection of quality toiletries featuring Damana products and their personalized Finca Lerida brand. I especially liked the coffee mint shampoo.
The bathroom had a great shower with good water pressure. There was a large selection of quality toiletries featuring Damana products and their personalized Finca Lerida brand. I especially liked the coffee mint shampoo.

Service

Our service experience was excellent. Check-in was very fast and friendly. When we called earlier to ask them to hold to tour for us, the obliged with no questions asked. The guide, Ronaldo, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He recommended a great self-guided tour and even mimicked bird calls to help us identify species.

Activities

The three primary activities are birdwatching, coffee touring, and hiking. You can take tours with guides for each of the activities. There are so many diverse birds around the property, you don’t really need to even hike into the mountains to see them, unless you are looking for the famed Quetzal.

The coffee plantation tour is highly recommended. With a small group you really get an inside look at everything coffee, from history and production, to tasting and competitions. With the world’s best coffee “Geisha” at your doorstep, how could you miss out on this?

The hiking trails are easy to moderate difficulty, with spectacular views over the valley and property and a chance to see many different kinds of wildlife. At the end of our hike was a waterfall.

Boquete town is a short drive away, so going to explore the town and see the shops and restaurants there is another option.

The hotel is also a working coffee producer.
The hotel is also a working coffee producer.
The activity room where you can get briefed on hike to do around the property.
The activity room where you can get briefed on hike to do around the property.

Dining

The resort has two eateries, the Monniche Restaurant and the Coffee Shop. The Monniche Restaurant served an amazing gourmet meal for dinner and an excellent breakfast with their signature coffee. I don’t exaggerate when I say that this was the best meal of our entire Coast of Riches trip. Congratulations to the chef!

The Coffee Shop is ideal for sitting and having a coffee with a snack after a hike. The wifi signal here is the strongest, so if you need fast internet, this is the place to park yourself.

Monniche Restaurant's view during breakfast.
Monniche Restaurant’s view during breakfast.

Summary

Overall we very much enjoyed our time here. We learned about coffee from coffee experts and tasted fine foods, all in a beautiful natural surrounding. I now can fully grasp why Finca Lerida is such “A Unique Experience”.

David De Clercq

About David De Clercq

Founder and writer at World-Adventurer.com, David is on a mission to travel to every country in the world and has less than 10 countries left! He loves new adventures, unique cultures, historic landmarks, and luxurious hotels. Follow along as David shares a journey of a lifetime!