Indigenous creatures and animals that surround Boquete, Panama

Blog by Terry Richmeier

Over the last several weeks, Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast has been encountering many of the wild life that lives and surrounds the mountains and valleys of Boquete Panama.

Starting with the ever so clever Cotamundi, an indigenous animal. Manzar witnessed a bit of “feeding frenzy” when he happened to stop by at the Boquete Visitor Center recently. Here is a video where you can see this relative of the Raccoon family:

Also indigenous is the Glass Winged Butterfly. Often missed unless you take a tour guide with you, these amazing creatures are just one of many different species of butterflies in Boquete, Panama. The transparency of its wings results from the combination of three properties: first, from the low absorption of the visible light by the material constituting its wings, second, from the low scattering of the light passing through the wings and finally, from the low reflection of the light impinging on the wings surface. Adult Glass Wings can be found from Mexico through Panama and down to Colombia. They can migrate great distances and have been documented as far north as Florida:


Then, there is the Respondent Quetzal! This bird is a must see while in Boquete, Panama! The males are filled with color and this indigenous bird is hard to spot unless you have a tour guide to find them for you. They can even make interesting noises to help attract and locate the bird. You can literally be sitting under one and never see it. It is found from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama and it is well known for its colorful plumage. The resplendent quetzal is Guatemala’s national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ).


You will find many other animals and creatures running around the outskirts of Boquete, Panama as well. From Toucan’s and Monkeys to the Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant and the Golden Frog and snakes and many many more!



The Elusive Sloth • Boquete, Panama’s Pre-Historic Resident

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Central and South America provides a home for a living pre-historic mammal. The very strange looking and odd behavior Sloth has its ancestral roots dating back 35 to 40 million years ago. They are very shy and live almost entirely in the tree tops. Their dwindling numbers are directly attributed to the de-forestation of the rainforest and the encroaching human habitat.


While you are on your hike, be sure to look down at the ground as well! There are some amazing creatures that roam the grounds. You will see just a glimmer of yellow on a dried up leaf. Look closer, it may just be the most amazing little insect. Or you may see a very rapidly moving green lizard! Take a look as they will surprise you how amazing their colors are.


Yes, indeed as everywhere in the world there are poisonous creatures as well. It’s always best to keep your distance from animals you are not sure of and remember that they attack when they are fearful and feel threatened!

Here at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast we want you to know that you are coming to an amazingly colorful and tropical place! We want you to see all that Boquete, Panama has to offer and can set up a tour guide to take you safely to see these creatures and animals alike and to enjoy the amazing Indigenous and other animals that surround Boquete, Panama.

Contact us through our website at: or view our Exploring Boquete page for more information on setting up a tour guide.

Please look at our specials and book a special package while you are here as well. We look forward to your visit!

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