Spent a couple of days here with a local (Volcan) hiking group. Saw a male Quetzal within an hour of arriving. More varieties of humming birds than I've seen anywhere (they've documented 15!).
The micro-hyrdoelectric plant gives them plentiful and reliable elecrtricity so you also have all the conveniences too ... including WiFi Internet.
Our group stayed in "The Cabin" and brought our own food. Great deal for a group. A very well built and comfortable cabin with kitchen and hot water.
Summited Mt Totumas (very strenuous hike, but non-technical ascent). The rarely visited summit is home to one of the most amazing and pristine ecosystems I have ever seen...a cloud forest at over 8,000 feet...think a tropical version of the Hoh Rainforest on steroids. Species of plants there include many minature orchids and, quite a surprise: several species of palm trees flourishing at this altitude in a cool damp climate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mount Totumas Cloud Forest is a 400 acre eco resort with private cabins and rooms located in a remote cloud forest wilderness bordering La Amistad National Park in western Panama. In 2014 we just completed the Bellbird Lodge perched on a ridge with views directly on to the canopy of the Cloud Forest. The lodge has a restaurant and 5 private rooms with bath and common area living area with large windows with stunning views into La Amistad National Park. Access to Mount Totumas Cloud Forest requires a 4WD vehicle and we provide transportation services from Volcan, David and Boquete for those guests that do not have their own 4WD vehicle. For guests with 2WD rental cars we provide a secure place to leave your vehicle in Volcan. There are 9 trails covering over 40km that provides access to 2nd growth and old growth forests, pastures, riparian and edge habitat. The Resplendent Quetzal, Three Wattled Bellbird and 200 other bird species have been recorded. Three species of monkeys and a great diversity of flora await you on the trails. We have accommodations that fit every budget from private rooms sharing kitchens where guests can prepare their own meals to exclusive cabins and full service restaurant. Great for families, birdwatchers, and those looking for a pristine natural environment. Climate is perfect for hiking, mornings are cool and mid day reaches warm but not hot temperatures. We are 1900m above sea level and border directly La Amistad National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Panama/Volcan