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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

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  1. yes - Hil posted the correct one It was signed on Dec 22, 2015 to come into effect on Jan 1, 2016. Scroll down to the bottom and it states what I just said.
  2. Hi Bill - you have to drop the /index.asp in order to access the site. I use Google Chrome as my browser and it automatically translated the Spanish to English where it can. Search for Ley 6 - the laws for los jubiloados pensionados y tercera edad are all there ( in Spanish). I actually picked up a booklet from them at their booth at fair. I will call tomorrow to check on how we can get them to investigate. I asked them about hotels trying to take the discount off the rack rate instead of the daily quoted rate. They told me to get a quote emailed to me with the price they are charging that day. The call back later and ask for a quote with the discount. No matter what they say just ask them to email you . Then you can take the emails to Acodeco in David and they will definitely take this info and confront the hotels. You could probably do the same with the restaurant. Order something and take a picture of the price on the menu and anything else you see written about discounts. Then after you have eaten you have the bill. Take the bill and the menu price to Acodeco and I'm sure they can investigate. If you still have a bill in hand - go back to restaurant and take a picture of the menu. Maybe they have one you can actually take home for reference. I haven't eaten there because I find the prices totally ridiculously high. I am not willing to support people who want to go after the Gringo's. As was said, there are lots of other places to eat with really good food - including Pianista. Ley6Jubilados Feb 2016.pdf