Leading a group of 3 single women and a couple on an exploration of the untrodden areas of Panama with an excellent naturalist guide took me on a long trip to Santiago today via La Tavida, Panama. Off the Panamerican Highway north of Penenome about 1 hour up steep and winding roads, we climbed to about 2500 feet where we found a paradise in the mountain. We stopped for lunch before taking a hike with guide-provided walking sticks down to the impressive waterfall and watering hole in the gully.
We could see the waterfall from the secluded lodge run by a local graduate of a tourism program. Once we got to the bottom of the gully, the lodge looked like a spec in the sky as we looked back up at it. With only 4 cabins ranging from $150 to $250 per night, it would be a perfect spot for a honeymoon couple. Hardly anyone knows of the place, it’s astoundingly beautiful in its seclusion.
While swimming in the watering hole, a group of men from Colorado joined us. They had also discovered this place