In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
One day, while staying in
the town of Boquete,
Panama, our friend
Lange offered to take us to the town of Volcan and the surrounding areas. We
said: "Let's go!"
Volcan is a town as well as
a country subdivision in Panama. It is the Heart of the Bread Basket of this
and large dairy, horse and cattle farms with many smaller sheep, pig and
chicken farms are along the roads that lead into Volcan.
Small and beautiful, this
town is located just beside the Baru volcano.
Simply stated, it's gorgeous
Volcan Baru is the highest
point in Panama at 3,475 meters (11,460 feet). The low range of mountains to the
south of Volcan were once part of Volcan Baru blown several kilometers to their
current location by a violent eruption of the volcano.
Weather is Spring-like the
year around. It has two seasons, wet and dry. Starting around December 15, the
dry season lasts for about four months.
Volcan is on the western
side of Panama on the border of Costa Rica.
A smooth and gentle ride
The main road leading to
Volcan and Cerro Punta is very smooth and gentle. It would be a relaxing
Rushing waters of Volcan
Apparently, one can go
trout fishing in these clean, rushing waters.
Thanks to its
under-the-radar status, Volcan is one of Panama's best bargains. The cost of
living can be up to 50 percent lower than elsewhere, but you don't have to give up the
services and amenities of a comfortable lifestyle.
While driving through the
area, we came across a rescue crew practicing for the real thing. This ravine
was steep with rocks all around, and the racing stream was below.
Here's a closer look
There were lots of ropes
and pullies, and about 5 rescue agents performing this exercise. It was no
easier being the helpless one strapped in the harness as compared to the ones who were
lifting him "out of danger."
It took lots of work, lots
of coordination between them, and lots of muscle power. They used a series of
whistle commands to complete this procedure.
The country life
If you enjoy sweet country
life, clean air and the sounds of nature, this is the place for you!
A sweeping view
The area of Volcan, with
its neighboring towns, is quite beautiful. There are more rolling hills and
wider vistas, not the dramatic close up of mountains that makes Boquete picturesque.
Europeans settled here
The Swiss came and settled
here and were followed by Yugoslavs and Germans just a short time later.
While Boquete has made a
name for itself in the global press, Volcan remains off the world's radar. This
traditional Panamanian mountain town is quiet, tranquil and unaffected. Volcan
is as beautiful as Boquete, but, it has managed to avoid the spotlight.
Drivers are warned to
look out for people on horseback
What a beautiful area to go
horseback riding. Apparently, there are riding tours available!
Horse ranches and cattle
farms are all throughout the area
Sitting in the highlands of
Chiriqui near the Panama-Costa Rica border Volcan is home to about 14,000
people. This isn't the beach lifestyle that many people associate with Panama.
Volcan offers the chance to trade in white sand for leafy green wilderness,
escape the sometimes sweltering heat of sea level for a cooler cloud forest
climate and exchange tourist frills for small town simplicity.
Can't get enough!
Truly beautiful, every turn
on the two lane road was a picture. Look at all the colors of green!
If you make a visit to
Panama, do allow time to see this area of the country. You might find that it
suits your need for country solace.
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.