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Canopy Lodge
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Rochester, New York
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“Wow! What a delightful surprise.”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Canopy Lodge is special. A haven for birders, it is also a lovely lodge for anyone seeking good old "peace and quiet.". Our room was roomy, quiet and comfortable with a deck overlooking the gardens. Meals are buffet style and taken with other guests. We enjoyed the company of an array of experienced travelers and birders, of course. The grounds are beautiful, designed for bird watching. Don't miss a swim in the natural pool. The owners are attentive and the staff takes care of every need. Hospitality is A+. The little town just down the road has a lively market and several good restaurants.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montréal
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Staying here is like staying in another world. Quiet, great to relax and appreciate tranquility and nature. Everything is spotless clean, very comfortable beds, private bathrooms that have good amenities. The staff is there and available at every moment.

The buffet style food is really delicious and the owner doens't hesitate to come and eat and chat with you every so often if you're up for it. Wifi is available in the lounge and the chairs set up for birding where they feed them bananas are great.

Really loved the place even if I'm not a birder.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Compared to our lodging in Panama City, the lodge was an oasis in the desert. We had a great time bird watching with a very capable guide. Disappointed that we didn't see any mammals at all, our guide told us he hadn't seen a monkey in six months. We felt a little duped judging from the pictures on the brochure. It was still fun but it was very expensive fun.

Room Tip: We had a corner room and it was the best of the bunch.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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St Ippolyts, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We purchased a four night all inclusive birding package and it did not disappoint us. The bird guides were excellent and were on hand from early morning until dark. In the garden bird tables were set out and during free time we enjoyed watching the various species of Tanagers, euphonias, motmot and others fly in to feed on bananas with hummingbirds visiting their special feeders. The adjacent stream was home to water thrush and kingfishers and visiting birds who bathed and drank from it.
The rooms at the lodge were spacious and decorated with colourful embroidered collages made locally. The shower room could have been improved with some tiling rather than bare concrete rendering. Food was well presented and of a good quality and the staff were friendly and helpful.

The lodge is a quiet retreat set in a valley near trails that lead to water cascades and we could have happily spent longer at this destination.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge are both fabulous places to stay if you're interested in birds and wildlife. The guides at both lodges are fantastic, and know all the birds by sight and sound. I have stayed at both accommodations twice now, and can't wait to go back.

The Tower is a fairly simple lodge (particularly the single rooms which share a bathroom). The twins have en suite bathrooms. The accommodation is in an old radar tower, which makes for interestingly shaped rooms, and for great access to the top of the tower to watch birds and mammals, but does mean the whole place can be noisy (they provide ear plugs to guard against snorers!).

The Lodge is more luxurious, with lovely ensuite rooms for both twin and single. It is located by a rushing river, and has bird feeders.

The food in both lodges is good and tasty. I would highly recommend visits to both the Tower and Lodge. I stayed at the Tower for 7 nights and at the Lodge for 3 nights, and that wasn't long enough in either place!

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice, but I would recommend the upstairs rooms since you have better views from y...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We wanted to spend a couple of nights inland and away from Panama City but were tight for time so needed to find a location relatively nearby. After doing some research, we opted for El Valle de Anton and by all accounts there was one place to stay that stands out - the Canopy Lodge. A quick look on the website and we were sold - it looked fantastic. Our one reservation was as to how we would fit in and what we might do given that neither of us had any birding experience.

Nonetheless, we jumped on a local bus in Panama City (an experience in itself) and made our way up to El Valle. We were met by Tino, the local host, and an absolutely delicious lunch. The common area of the Lodge is very relaxed, sort of 'safari-style', with an open air eating area, sofas and a communal library. We were actually the only guests during our stay - sandwiched between two busy periods for the lodge. As a result we had truly exceptional service although I'm certain that this is common regardless of when you come to visit. We dined with the owner and his guests one of our nights and on our own the other. Throughout, the food was absolutely delicious, varied and true to local cuisine. Our room was equally well appointed - big bed, very light with lots of natural light, a great shower.

What I really want to underline is how much fun we had during the stay - we spent a full day in the gardens of the Lodge spotting all sorts of wonderful birds, taking lots of pictures and just enjoying the setting. There's also a natural swimming pool that is very refreshing to swim in. Throughout the time we spent in the grounds, Tino was on hand to offer us expert guidance on where different birds were, what they were, what birds were making different sounds and so on. Just in the grounds we must have seen 15-20 different types of bird, including Toucans, Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, a Mot Mot and a whole host of Tanigers and so on.

We also really enjoyed doing one of the trails with Eliecer - another of the expert guides. We were joined on the trail by two experienced birders and yet our guide still struck a really good balance between seeking out really difficult to find species and giving us a general education as we went. In total, we saw over 60 different species of bird in our two day visit and really enjoyed the experience.

I can't recommend the Canopy Lodge highly enough - it's a fantastic place to stay, with great nature to explore and run by a great team. I'd especially like to thank Tino and Raul for their generosity and time - it was an absolute pleasure to spend the two days in your company. Ps - we'll be emailing some of our photos as promised!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at the Canopy Lodge for five nights in December. (We also stayed at the Tower.) The Lodge The Canopy Lodge is relatively luxurious and located in a mountain rainforest. It is well designed, with large rooms and each with a porch overlooking a beautiful tropical garden. The garden attracts many birds, and includes a swimming pond. There is no air conditioning, but the location is high in elevation and is much cooler than in Panama City. The Lodge staff is excellent. The owner joined us one night for dinner and was very interesting.

The food is served family style and is excellent. The staff accommodates food issues with no problem.  My wife is lactose intolerant and can't eat red meat or salads, and the staff accommodated these and other food issues with no problem (e.g., another guest at the Lodge was vegetarian).

Both the Lodge and the Tower cater to birders, and many of the guests we were fairly intense about it. My wife is an avid birder, while I just enjoy seeing the birds and other wildlife. Between the two locations, by my wife’s accounting we saw some 170 bird species.

We both had a great time and we found other guests at both places to be quite congenial.  There were several non-birder spouses like me, who just enjoyed seeing a rainforest.  The bird/nature guides are incredibly good. They can spot a bird in the far distance, identify it, and find in their spotting scope within minutes. They are also quite tenacious in seeking rare birds. The Lodge also has activities for non-birders which are listed on their web site.

We had a good time on our stay at the Lodge and recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Canopy Lodge
Address: Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, El Valle de Anton 0832-2701 WTC, Panama
Location: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in El Valle de Anton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Full service lodge specializing in nature activities, particularly birding and nature-watching. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Canopy Hotel El Valle De Anton
Canopy Lodge Panama/El Valle De Anton

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