In today’s world, where pollution and dirt follows us wherever we go with unhealthy food and lifestyle, people strive to live in a healthy place, amidst nature, where pollution is very less as compared to the rest. And fortunately we have got few such places. One of those places is known as Panama. “Live long and prosper,” was the traditional Vulcan greeting in the Star Trek series. In real life, the citizens of Volcán, Panama, are doing exactly the same. The life expectancy of this region far outranks the rest of the country. Scientists credit the combination of constant spring-like weather, fresh, homegrown food, low-cost living ($1500 USD/month), and laid-back lifestyle to act like medicine for a healthy living. The Chiriqui Province, which Volcán is part of, supplies 80% of Panama’s produce. The residents and tourists stay stress-free by engaging in farming, hiking, bird watching, and soaking in thermal springs.
American expat Patrick Greer, owner of the Lost and Found eco-lodge, told International Living that Panama’s Volcan valley surrounds residents with tranquility. This feeling can not be expressed in words. Thanks to a combination of constant spring-like weather and fresh food, including healthy seafood, homegrown vegetables and organic chicken and eggs. The Chiriqui province, where Volcan is located, is Panama’s national breadbasket, supplying 80 percent of the nation’s produce, as well as coffee, herbs and more. (Starbucks and other American retailers source some of their coffee from the region.) This idyllic lifestyle contributes to the region’s life expectancy that far outstrips the rest of the country.