The Canopy Tower is one of three hotels owned by an environmental activist. it is a decommissioned "listening post" of the United States, a relic from the Cold War. it is right in the middle of a National Park, Soberiania, which has lakes and jungle and trails filled with lush plants, flowers, wonderful trees, animals, birds, butterflies and green, dappled sunlight. the Tower is behind a locked gate as it is on public grounds.
The Tower has been renovated to house a number of guests and accomodate their food needs. This is a top notch staff who are pleasant and kind and quite helpful to any and all individuals in need. It is a place of steps however, so if you have problems climbing them, this is not going to be easy at all.
but....it is a mecca for birds and butterflies. the guides are incredible at both sighting and hearing birds, and can point out what they are hearing in even the densest of vegetation and the worst of lighting. and they make sure that EVERYONE has seen the bird. and the same goes for monkeys and other wildlife native to the area.
the food was excellent in terms of the recipes used, which were from the wife of the owner, who published her book of Panamanian recipes some years ago, however, some of the dishes were overcooked. but flavorful and a wonderful blending of cooking styles that reflected the international nature of Panama.
sound travels in this place because you are living in a renovated, hollow steel tower so guests are asked, thank God, to be restrained. There is a great dining area that has 360 degrees worth of large windows, and a top balcony, also 360 degrees, that puts one over the canopy itself, so you can see Panama City in the distance, but more importantly for a birder, the birds waking up and flying around in the dawn air. and to be served coffee up there is a dream.
this is a wonderful experience and hard to beat anywhere. except maybe this owner's second property, the Lodge, which is upscale and just plain incredible. it was very hard to leave both the Tower and especially the Lodge, to return home.
Rooms right below the dining area (third floor) and in the middle canopy area so some of them look o...
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