This was one of the best stay-experiences I have ever had. First of all, I am a student with little cash and I am working on my thesis project that explore ecotourism within Panama. Jeff and Alma were one of the very few people to keep in contact with me and help me out with my research in Panama, which by itself says loads about their character. When I arrived at Mount Totumas I was blown away by its beauty, comfort, and seclusion. During my stay I say 4 different types of primates, quetzales, hundreds of wild mushrooms, dozens of species of hummingbirds (some of which landed on me and fed on the "hummingbird hat", Ask about it!!) and much much more. Each day I had a new experience and was able to go on a new hike through pristine cloud-forest habitat. The property has more than a half dozen hiking trails that are clearly marked and that were created by local Panamanians with some paint and a machete.
On top of all these amazing experiences, Jeff's knowledge about ecotourism is unprecedented. He was so helpful that Mount Totumas is now a focal point and my main case study in my thesis! If Jeff and Alma happen to be around, definitely take advantage of their knowledge! Mount Totumas is self sustainable, creating its own energy from hydropower. There is nearly zero net waste and there is a lush garden from which you can pick your own vegetables.
- 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