Little getaway in a fresh start Eco Lodge, in Cocle Province.

By Juliette Darmon

From panama, early on the morning, we set out to discover a fresh start Eco Lodge, in Cocle province: Villa Tavidá

After three hours’ drive, we arrived in this little paradise, where the tranquility and calmness overwhelmed us.

At once exiting the car, we were immersed in a relaxing universe, so quiet, pleasant and restful, where the nature is the queen, so far away from the capital.

After an overview of the site, we were discovering the thalassotherapy area, made up of massage rooms, little sport corner, two saltwater Jacuzzis, and a relaxing place in front of a wonderful nature view.

A library area very friendly and decorated with several old objects is likewise ready to be discovered.

You will also have the possibility to take a mud bath, excellent for the skin, and to rinse yourself afterwards in the large and amazing waterfall, located so close. A unique and wonderful experience we don’t have the chance to live everyday!

As I was, you will be pleasantly surprised by the calmness which reigns in this little paradise.

It’s the perfect place to have a break and forget about our stressful daily life. Just close your eyes in front of Mother Nature and let you dream!

Afterwards, I could go down in the rainforest and looking for the Tavidá waterfall. In the middle of nature, we could have a bath and enjoy the current time.

Even if, we were actually already wet because of the waterfall water sprays…!

Tips: Beware of the current!

After this little getaway, we had lunch in the lodge restaurant, adorned with bamboos and plants, where I could taste delicious Panamanian dishes, as well as a cheesecake with its awesome maracuja jam.

I really recommend you to draw up there and even stay one night! Their large rooms with terrace, are still immersed in a relaxing atmosphere. Not to mention the shower… While you shampoo, you will admire the rainforest and its waterfall! And I swear that it’s weight in gold!

Slight advantage: a lodge area is entirely dedicated and equipped for disabled people, with special rooms.

Like me, let yourself surprise by this charming little paradise, and you will feel relive!

Contact us http://www.ecocircuitos.com

info@ecocircuitos.com

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COIBA National Park – Attractions and Activities

Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Coiba National Park is a marine reserve off Panama’s Pacific coast. Coiba National Park (Nacional Parque Coiba) is comprised of a group of 38 islands including Coiba Island (Isla Coiba) and the waters surrounding them and covers 430,825 acres. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, Coiba National Park offers rich and well preserved natural resources.

Because Isla Coiba served Panama as a penal colony, access to the island was very restricted. Almost by accident, 80% of the islands’ natural resources have therefore survived untouched and flourished through limited human contact.

Coiba National Park is managed by the National Authority for the Environment (Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente, ANAM). The park is accessible only by permit from ANAM.  A number of tour operators in Panama, including EcoCircuitos Panama offer adventure tours, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving trips to Coiba and can assist in obtaining appropriate permits.

The tour operators depart from several different places on the Panamanian coast.

Attractions in Coiba includes:
• Exhibition and Information Center, Park Ranger Station.
• Viewing Platforms (Miradores) El Gambute.
• Thermal Springs and Nature Interpretation Trial.
• Monkey Trail.
• Nature Interpretation Trail to ancient Mangrove Forest of Santa Cruz.
• Trial to the Waterfall at Juncal.
• Nature Interpretation Trail to the Volcanic Rift Valley.
• Volcanic Fault.
• The Island Granito de Oro (Grain of Gold)
• The Penal Colony, La Central Camp.
• Nature Interpretation trails of Jicaron and Jicarita.
• River Kayaking. Rio San Juan and Punta Hermosa.
• Nature Interpretation Trail on Isla Rancheria.
• Nature Interpretation Trail Isla Brincanco, Archipelago of Contreras.

Source:  http://www.coibanationalpark.com/