5 Top EcoLodges in Panama

Panama is the best keep secret in Latin America.  My country is one of the best adventure travel destinations with amazing ecolodges surrounded by nature.   Panama is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor and is known as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Central America.   There are more ecolodges in Panama and below you will see a list of my favorites.

Mount Totumas Cloudforest Ecolodge

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Just 2 hours from David in Volcan is located this wonderful cloudforest Eco lodge a truly unique experience in Panama.  At Mount Totumas Cloud Forest there is a variety of accommodations and depending on guests preferences and budget.   I love the Cabin where I stayed with my partner and loved the amazing views of the National Park.   The ecolodge is located in the buffer zone directly bordering La Amistad National Park.  Guests can enjoy 8 marked trails through the reserve with access into the adjacent national park, which is Central America’s largest protected mountain wilderness area. Hot springs are also located nearby. In the Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve there are keystone species presented such as Resplendent Quetzal, Three Wattled Bellbirds, Mantled Howler Monkey, Black and Crested Guan, White-Faced Capuchin, spider monkeys, mountain lions amongst many others.   The hotel has a sustainable practice and most of the employees and guides are locals who work as integral players in the operation of the hotel.  The owner brings her expertise in Asian and European cuisine to Mount Totumas and creates dishes drawing from their gardens  and the local produce vendors in Volcan.

Canopy Camp Darien

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This is the best birding ecolodge to experience the Darien specialties.  The Canopy Camp Darien features eight large, safari-style tents that are designed specifically for use in environmentally sensitive areas; they are very eco-friendly. The tents are on raised platforms, to keep you up off the ground and dry in the lowland rainforest of Darien.  Each the tents occupies an area of 173 square feet and offer plenty of space to store your luggage, clothing, and gear. Large windows on all sides with flaps allow natural light and breeze to enter the tent during the daylight hours.  Each has two single beds or one queen bed, two tables, a floor fan and overhead light, and a solid plantation teak wood floor.  Each tent has a full private bathroom located directly outside of the tent on the platform.  Each bathroom has all the essentials – flush toilets and a shower that offers serene, private views of the surrounding rainforest.   Just a step outside of the tent, the platform offers covered space to relax in lounge chairs in the shade during the hot mid-day sun or an afternoon rain, with exquisite views of the jungle surrounding the camp from your own observation deck.

Tranquilo Bay EcoLodge

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Discover the ecosystem of Bocas del Toro Archipelago through snorkeling, kayaking or hiking with one of the lodge’s biologist guides. Encounter uncounted birds, different monkey species, iguanas and much more during your stay, relax and refresh in a unique natural environment.The interior of each of the cabanas is tastefully and comfortably appointed with air-conditioning, local hardwoods, tile floors, fine linens and a calming color palette to welcome you at the end of your adventure each day.
 The Tranquilo Bay EcoLodge offers 6 individual cabanas, 4 with ocean view and 2 with rainforest view, and all equipped with either queen-size or double bed equipped with orthopedic mattresses. Additional beds for children are available upon request. The furniture is carefully handcrafted from local hardwoods, and every bedroom is equipped with a small seating area, reading lights and a small supply of books for leisurely hours. And if you prefer relaxing outdoors, there’s a covered porch with hammock and Adirondack chairs waiting for you. All cabanas have air conditioning and hot water, as well as coffee makers and hair dryers.  A covered porch with a hammock and Adirondack chairs awaits to help you escape the “every day” that you left behind when you enter the grounds at Tranquilo Bay.

 

Villa Tavida Ecolodge

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 Located in a private reserve that has been protected for 25 years, Villa Tavida offers its guests the opportunity to escape from the modern day world. Surrounded in nature, guests have breathtaking views of a nearby waterfall and can easily be accessed by a hike down a nature trail to get a closer look. Villa Tavida is just 35 km from Penonome and approximately 50 km from Playa Blanca.  This exclusive guest house offers 5 comfortable rooms, all overlooking the waterfall Tavida.  Some units include a balcony and/or patio. Every unit has a private bathroom with free toiletries.  The lodge offers free parking on-site. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The services are aimed at promoting environmental, cultural and economic welfare.

 

Isla Palenque EcoResort

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A beautiful island of  160 hectares of lush jungle, framed by 7 untouched beaches, house a number of wilderness trails and hidden spaces to be explored by guests of the barefoot-luxury Beach Suites (mid-2018) and Villa Estate.  The ecolodge is at just minutes walk from the beach and it offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant.  The accommodation will provide you with iPad. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms offer views of the sea and the pool area. Extras include a safety deposit box, linen, and a fan.  At The Resort at Isla Palenque, you will find a private beach area. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk and luggage storage. Daily guided tours are offered and the property has a large area with hiking trails.  An additional package must be purchased directly to the Hotel to include additional services : 3 daily meals at the on-site restaurant, as well as on-site guided tours and one round trip boat transfer per party between Boca Chica and Isla Palenque.We encourage you to travel different in Panama.  Explore the real and authentic destination and stay in unique properties that will make your vacation memorable.For more information on this ecolodges and other options in Panama, please contact us at info@ecocircuitos.com

 

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Do you know Taboga?

Taboga Island (Spanish: Isla Taboga), also known as the “Island of Flowers”, is a volcanic island located in the Gulf of Panama. It is a tourist destination, about 20 km from Panama City, Panama and the best way to reach it is by Ferry.

The island was discovered in the 16th century and was originally named Isla de San Pedro by the Spanish explorer, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. Its current name derives from an Indian word, aboga (“many fish”). The island’s first settlers were Indian slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua.   For more of the history of Taboga, click here

Getting to Taboga Island:  A short ferry ride from Panama City takes you to the beautiful “Island of Flowers”. The ride is quite fun and it offers spectacular views to the city skyline, Biodiversity Museum, the Americas Bridge and the ships waiting to enter the Canal. On the island you can walk through its narrow sidewalks adorned with flowers, hike to the top peak, or go for a refreshing swim in one of its many beaches.

What to  Do:

There are two main beaches on the island, one to the left and the other to the right of the dock, this last one has a sandbar connecting Taboga with El Morro. During high tide the sandbar disappears and you can walk towards El Morro.

Sustainable Fishing: Taboga is a fishermen’s town, therefore an interesting option is to hire a local boat with captain to explore the surroundings and practice sustainable catch and release fishing.

Hiking The view from the top of the island is beautiful.  There are two options, “La Cruz” which has view back to town, and “El Vigia”, the highest elevation on the island. There are two options to reach the last one, using the main road in town that turns into a dirt road, or using a trail through the forest that starts from the park in front of the church. Sings are scarce so it’s not a bad idea to ask around.

There are some hotels to stay in the island.  Our suggestion B&B Hotel Cerrito Tropical

Boat Schedule Taboga click here

Did you know that Paul Gauguin the famous painter lived in Taboga Island for a short time and worked on the Panama Canal construction during the French years, however he was dismissed from his job after only two weeks.

Boquete Jazz Festival – March 1 – 4, 2012

The beautiful Chiriqui Highlands have long been one of Panama’s most favorite vacation and retirement spots, and the jewel of Chiriqui province is beautiful Boquete. Located at an elevation of 3000ft it is also the home of some of the best coffees in the world. The cool, crisp mountain air, delicious fresh mountain water, an abundant nature with lots of flowers, flamboyantly flowering trees and hundreds of species of birds plus the closeness to two oceans have attracted visitors from all over the world.The natural beauty of Boquete is the perfect setting to stimulate the creative talents and artistic abilities of those who live here as well as those who come for a visit. So it is no surprise that this small town hosts a lively art and music scene which culminates in the annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival.

Right from the start in 2007 the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival has been the biggest music event in the province of Chiriqui. The 2012 edition will also be the first ever festival in Panama to showcase first-class international Blues acts in addition to notable Panamanian and Latin American artists featuring Jazz and Latin American music styles.

For organize trips to Boquete and reservations, please contact us at info@ecocircuitos.com

 

Canopy Bed & Breakfast Grand Opening!

The Canopy Tower Family is proud to announce the opening of its newest venture, the Canopy B&B!   Located in the quaint, historic town of Gamboa on the Panama Canal, and just a 15-minute drive to world-famous Canopy Tower or a 20-minute walk to Pipeline Road, the Canopy B&B offers a quiet retreat from big-city life or a fantastic base from which to explore Soberania National Park. Be among the first to experience the peaceful and serene environment that defines the Canopy B&B!

Located in a restored canal house dating back to 1937, the B&B is just a 15 minute walk to the world famous Pipeline Road-perfect for nature lovers! The B&B is just a 45 minute drive to Panama City, giving opportunity to enjoy exquisite cuisine & shopping, a variety of tours, beautiful beaches and so much more! Also, located right on the Panama Canal, Gamboa serves as an historical landmark and a chance to view the canal up close and personal!
For more information and reservations on this great B&B, please contact us at info@ecocircuitos.com