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“definitely worth the visit” 5 of 5 stars
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Up In The Hill
Up In The Hill from Isla Bastimentos Town | Old Bank, Panama
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Owner description: Beautiful & secluded cabin on the highest hill of Isla Bastimentos, overlooking Pantai surf break. Fully equipped with kitchen, queen sized bed, bedsofa, living area, deck and hotwater shower. The cabin is solar powered, with a rain water catchment system.The cabin sits a short distance from Up in the Hill Coffee Shop on an organic chocolate and tropical fruit farm. A 15 minute walk, through beautiful tropical jungle, from the Caribbean town of Old Bank, and 20 minutes from the stunning Wizard Beach, an ideal place for surfing or sunning. The cabin is a perfect base for surf trips, hikes or ideal for a quiet retreat away from it all. Delicious breakfast or home-made pizzas, gnocchi, organic salads can be ordered from the Up in the Hill Coffee ShopStaying Up in the Hill is a truly unique experience where you can have luxury, healthy living, and adventure while being away from it all.
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“definitely worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Delicious banana bread, probably the best brownie I have had with delicious coffee served by charming Santiago and Maria on the verandah overlooking the peaceful garden of different trees, flowers, birds and butterflies. We also bought some of the organic products made there. It is definitely worth the walk - wear sneakers and bring a walking stick if it has been raining - through and above town with some beautiful views across town and out to sea. We were lucky to see a mother and baby sloth - pointed out by the equally charming little boy who lives up there. It was open on Sunday.

Visited January 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Amazing stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We had an amazing time at Up in the Hill. Janette and Javi could not have been better hosts - so helpful, accommodating and the nicest family you could ask for. The cabin had an incredible view and was very comfortable. It really was the perfect getaway for a couple with tons of fun and exciting things to do nearby. Make sure to bring headlamps for up and down to town in the dark.

Visited December 2013
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“BEST THING TO DO IN BOCAS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We had such a great time visiting Up in the Hill. we have 2 young children and visiting the organic farm and witnessing the process of making chocolate from scratch was fascinating and delicious. What we loved the most:
- The owners (Javier and Janet and their 3 boys) are really genuine people and extremely welcoming. The 3 boys were adorable friendly polite and so articulate. It was a pleasure to meet them.
- The farm is beautiful and trully organic and sustainable. They have build an amazing cafe and cabanas up on this hill.
- We saw 2 red frogs
- They sell lots of great organic home made products and local handycraft. Great to load up on gifts.... since colon is lacking so much of this.
- Javier makes the best empanadas and the brownies are just the best brownies you will ever eat. (Made with coconut oil)

We really recommend this little paradise to everyone.
Congrats to Janet and Javier for building such a lovely place and family.
Nicolas Sayaka Taiyo and Kai


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“Jungle fever?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Went there with my GF for a jungle retreat! We needed to relax and have fun adventure outside the beaten track! And this was the best place, perfectly remote and an convenient 10 mins boat ride to the main island if you need anything.
Get ready for the muddy jungle hikes on the Island many trails. There no roads but trails on this Bastimentos - which make it even more awesome :-)

Visited December 2013
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El Valle de Antón, Panamá
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“ideal for nature lovers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

The must do when you visit Bocas; take a boat to Bastimentos Island and take a walk to Up In The Hill.
An amazing organic farm, coffee shop, organic producer, art shop, cabins for rent!
If you have the time, rent a cabin for a couple of nights, you will enjoy observing the nature and the scenic views of the place. Great place for Birding, The famous Red Frog lives in the farm.
If you can´t spend the night, a must do is the tour of the farm. This people produce Cacao, many great veggies and local fruits. The best Chocolate Brownie of Bocas! Great coffee also.
A real sustainable farm! And the family behind this place, even better!
We had the best time!

Visited December 2013
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