To prevent too many foreigners from living here and to promote investment, the
2 Retiree Visa or “Pensionado Visa” This is called a retiree visa but you don’t actually have to be retired to get it-you just have to be over 18. All you need to do is to prove you have a lifetime pension of at least $1000 per month. If you buy 100,000 worth of property in
The pensionado visa comes with many benefits and discounts including 25% discount on all flights both international and domestic and major discounts at restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, certain medical services, prescription drugs and utility bills.
Others basics you’ll need for a visa are a police certificate from the town you most recently lived in your country of origin, a health exam and an AIDS test.
You must hire a lawyer for your visa and at the present time it takes a very long time to go through. It is very important you hire a lawyer from a well known firm or that comes with excellent referrals from people you know well. See our Law Firm in our Business and Services section page for a good lawyer.
Every year our family goes to Boquete after Christmas. One of our favorite activities while there is rafting. In the last two years we been privileged to go rafting with Boquete Outdoor Adventures. (BOA) Their staff really outdo themselves to make sure you have a really fun and perfectly enjoyable trip. As we ride those rapids laughing all the way, taking in all the natural scenery I often think how this excursion beats any family experience Disney can offer.
The Boquete area is one of the best areas in the Americas for both rafting and kakaking. The rivers are close and the scenery is beautiful all along the way. BOA picks you up at your hotel at 7 am and get you back around 4 pm.
Many people ask me “Isn’t rafting dangerous?” The answer is that there are different levels of rafting. BOA offers rafting trips for the whole family and also for experts. Kids from age 10 can go. Also it is important you go with a company with an impeccable reputation for safety. BOA, like that other good company, Chiriqui Rafting, has a perfect safety record.
BOA is fully booked lots of the time, so we recommend you make a reservation before you arrive. Find them at