Los Quetzales Lodge & Spa, Volcan Baru National Park
Tel: 507 771 2182
Tel: 507 771 2291
Concierge.com's insider take:
The highest-altitude lodgings in Panama—7,200 feet above sea level, to be exact—are this property's five private duplex chalets. These are set on a mountainside in a spectacular 700-acre rain forest preserve—part of the larger Volcán Barú National Park, near the Costa Rican border. Each chalet sleeps between four and ten people, and has log-cabin-style walls, rustic furnishings, a full kitchen, and many windows and skylights for enjoying the greenery outside. If you'd rather be near, rather than in, the mountains, the hotel also has a complex with rooms, suites, and dorms on a riverbank in Guadalupe; the trek from the complex to the private chalets takes 30 minutes on foot, 15 minutes on horseback, or 20 minutes in a four-wheel-drive vehicle provided by the hotel. The whole point of coming here is getting into nature, and the hotel obliges with an array of guided hiking, horseback and whitewater rafting tours.