The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café 01/12/2017The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or private message to @Admin_01.
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If you were not at the Boquete Library (Bibllioteca de Boquete) yesterday - Saturday morning, you missed a great opportunity to hear the interesting presentation by Chalo -- you know, the wood carver. The unique statues located around town are gifts to the people of Boquete. His first carving is located near Cafe Ruiz. Each statue is Chalo's inspiration and has its own story. Chalo and his son David offer art/carving tours telling how they locate wood, often along rivers and roadways, but never involve the cutting down of trees, and proceed to make these monuments. Chalo describing some of his inspiration based on the shapes in the wood that he is working with. Chalo's first monument, which is across the street from Cafe Ruiz. Chalo's business card, showing his company logo and contact information.