River Deep Mountain High-Mountains and Hiking in Santa Fe, Panama

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Do, I love you my oh myyyyyyyyy! River deep mountain highhhhh!  Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh! In my mind it sounds just like Tina Turner when I sing it!  Like I mentioned in my Rivers of Santa Fe post,  I couldn't help but belt out the Ike and Tina classic while traipsing up and down the mountainsides in Santa Fe, Panama.  Now that I think about, … [Read more...]

River Deep Mountain High-River fun in Santa Fe, Panama

River Deep Mountain High, Santa Fe, Panama

I could help but sing the Ike and Tina Turner classic while I was parading through Santa Fe, Panama.  Everywhere you look there are deep rivers and high mountains!  My guide Cele probably thought I was a crazy person as I would burst into song and do my best Tina Turner dance while wading through a river or hiking through the … [Read more...]

Petroglyphs in Santa Fe, Panama

Petroglyphs in Santa Fe, Panama

Petroglyphs are  pictorial images created by removing part of a rock surface by picking, carving or engraving.  Petroglyphs are found world-wide and in Panama you can see them in almost every area of the country.  Some of them date back to as far as the 15th century!  Talk about leaving your mark! The gallery below shows a petroglyph … [Read more...]

Albergue Home of Refuge, Santa Fe, Panama

Albergue, Home of Refuge, Santa Fe, Panama

Albergue, translated into english means refuge or home.  This is indeed the perfect name for the two places I visited while in Santa Fe. Both of these homes provide a place to stay for those traveling down from the mountains to seek medical care.  It can be a long, treacherous walk and if a person is ill going back and forth for … [Read more...]

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls. Santa Fe, Panama

Waterfalls, Santa Fe, Panama

There are two things in the natural world that I am obsessed with.  Crop Circles and Waterfalls.  This is a post about waterfalls. Currently Santa Fe, Panama is on the top of my list as one of the most beautiful places in the country. I come form the Gulf Coast of Florida (Pensacola, woot woot!)...below sea level.  You put me four … [Read more...]

Coffee Farm and Reforestation in Santa Fe, Panama

Coffee Plantation and Reforestation, Santa Fe, Panama

Earlier I wrote about my visit to the Cafe El Tute coffee factory in Santa Fe, Panama.  I'm sure you are just DYING to know where all the coffee comes from. Like I said in the El Tute article, all of the coffee that is processed at the plant comes from farmers in the Santa Fe and surrounding areas.  This is actually a pretty common … [Read more...]

Cafe El Tute, Santa Fe, Panama

Cafe el Tute, Santa Fe, Panama

Santa Fe is home to the locally produced coffee, Café El Tute, which is run by the local farmer’s cooperative.  At El Tute they receive coffee beans from farmers throughout the Santa Fe Area.  The co-op then process the beans, packages them, and sends them out to be sold.  The Co-op also provides local farmers with start-up funds and land … [Read more...]

Artisan House, Santa Fe, Panama

The Artisan House, Santa Fe, Panama

Right down the street from the Coffee Mountain Inn and the Orchid House is another house worth a visit...The Artisan House! The Artisan House is your one stop shop to pick up all those sweet little souvenirs for people back home.  From hand sewn molas to ornate jewelry even local coffee.  The Artisan House doesn't have much but I'm … [Read more...]

Eating while in Santa Fe, Panama

Eating in Santa Fe, Panama

The food situation in Santa Fe leaves little to the imagination. Most places you will find open and serving are your typical Panamanian "fonda" places.  You'll have a choice of chicken, beef maybe pork that will be served with rice, beans and some sort of salad (think more cabbage and potatoes and less romaine and veggies).  It's all … [Read more...]

Old Town Santa Fe, Panama

Old Town Santa Fe, Panama

See photo at right. Yup. That's it. If you're saying to yourself, "self, that looks a lot like a pasture with some cows in it." You're right! That's exactly what it is and that is exactly the consensus of most the people in Santa Fe. But, the government came in and said that this very cow filled pasture is where the first settlers … [Read more...]