You can drive straight from Boca Chica to Boquete, via David, in less than 2 hours if you want to maximise your time in Boquete. However if you are interested in exploring, the diversion round the west side of Barú volcano to the highest town (2,000m) in Panama, Cerro Punta, is well worth it for the scenery and cultural interest. Drive through the town Volcán, a tourist destination with many shops, crafts and restaurants. As the road climbs the scenerey becomes increasingly Alpine and lush, with uninterrupted views of the volcano Barú. Turn off to Cerro Punta in Volcán.
The vegetation at these cooler altitudes is dominated by pine trees with many stalls selling flowers. This is the fruit and vegetable cultivation capital of Panama, with strawberries the main crop. Cerro Punta is a market town with a few hotels and restaurants.
After lunch drive back down to the junction with Ruta 103, a gorgeous, newly paved, little used road following the contours of the southern skirts of the volcano. The vegetation is lush, the road undulating, crossing many streams, then flattening out and fringed by sugar cane plantations and cattle farms. Rejoin the main road north to Boquete. The road has a few shops in one-horse villages featuring low alpine style houses with red roofs.
You might have a look round Boquete, with its shops, restaurants, adventure tour companies, money exchanges and a flowery central square. The town is backed by high cloud-forested mountains: drive up into them for a further 12km to Finca Lérida.