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Rain in July

Silicon Valley
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Rain in July

we are thinking about visiting Boquete first week of July. Is the rain going to prevent us from doing much ? We want to zipline, go on the quetzal trail, go to the secret waterfall , visit a coffee plantation and caldera hot spring.

Atlanta, Georgia...
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1. Re: Rain in July

Yes, it will rain in Boquete in July. Not as bad as it will in August. Certainly not as bad as it will in September .. and especially not like October. This is the tropics, after all. Without the rain, they wouldn't be called the tropics, they would be called the desert. Will the rain stop your activities? Only if you let it.

Plan your activities in the morning. Typically, the rains come in the afternoon and evening. They come and they go. Although, in Boquete, sometimes it starts in the early afternoon as a heavy mist and doesn't stop until the next morning.

BTW ... if you want to hike Sendero Quetzal, you might want to first hire a trail guide. Second, you might want to start in Cerro Punta. From there, the trail is all downhill to Boquete.

Silicon Valley
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2. Re: Rain in July

Would zipline be dangerous or closed in the rain?

Panama City, Panama
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3. Re: Rain in July

If it's a somewhat serious storm, they'd most certainly close it. In Boquete there's often a light drizzle and they often operate in those conditions.

Honestly, it doesn't make sense to try to predict the weather and/or worry too much about it. As gb_williams said, it tends to rain more in the afternoon, so just book a morning zipline tour, and have some leeway in case the tour operator says it's dangerous to do the trip because of the weather, as they normally put you in a later tour in those cases. I'd say you have better chances to do it rather than being grounded for the weather.

panama
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4. Re: Rain in July

Agree with the other responders, yes it rains, but really only in the afternoons, and the specific trips you want to do are best in the morning.

Hike the Pipeline Trail 8:15am-12:30pm - and you will have no problem with rain, maybe just cloud forest mist. Also, just bring a light raincoat. This is the best maintained trail and also best for spotting Resplendent Quetzals (a birding guide really helps!)

Coffee Tour 2pm-5:3pm - coffee tours are great in the afternoon because it is mostly covered where you will do the roasting and tasting.

Zip Line 7:45am-12:30pm OR 10:30am-2:30pm, there are two tour times in the morning, and also a 1pm one if you would like to try to the afternoon, but the morning is better anyways. They still run the trip with some rain, as usually any torrential downpour isn't until the late afternoon.

The Lost Waterfalls Trail - Also hike in the morning is recommended. The trail gets pretty muddy during the rainy season. There are other trails that won't get as muddy. But during the rainy season, the waterfalls are flowing!

The Hot Springs and Mini Canyon Trip - This is located in Caldera which is South of Boquete and at a much warmer altitude. Best during the morning, however afternoon trips are certainly still a great time year round.

Whitewater Rafting - This is one of the best trips during the rainy season because the reservoirs are full and the rivers are flowing, with gorgeous green jungle scenery all around. However, the river is on the other side of the volcano, so the way the micro-climates are, we hardly ever see any rain on the actual rafting trips. Always warm sunny skies with refreshing water. If you want to get out of the rain, this is one of the best trips for it actually.

Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful time in Panama! Be sure to let us know if you have any questions,

-Boquete Outdoor Adventures

Silicon Valley
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5. Re: Rain in July

Thanks for all the responses. Do you recommend hiking shoes or could I get away using toe protected sports sandals?

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6. Re: Rain in July

If you're doing any serious hiking, definitely wear hiking shoes with good ankle support. The trails can be very slippery and are sometimes covered with loose rocks. Bring a hiking pole as well.

Forget the raincoat. Wearing a poncho or a raincoat is like hiking in a portable steambath. You're going to get soaked either by the rain or by your own sweat. Take your pick. I prefer to wear quick drying, long sleeved nylon. You get wet, then you get dry.

If you're hiking Volcán Barú, disregard the above and bring a light weight rainjacket with a hood and vents. The rain and the wind get very chilly at altitude.

Edited: 02 June 2015, 15:08
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