Four months in Panama . . . and we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what this incredible country has to offer, particularly for nature lovers such as ourselves. With a total population of just under four million, Panama is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the Western Hemisphere, with many areas that are still relatively wild and unspoiled.
One such place is the Mount Totumas Cloud Forest, a bit of heaven at 6,200 feet on the edge of La Amistad National Park in northern Chiriqui Province. The 400-acre resort was created by two brothers, Jeffrey and Michael Dietrich, who share a commitment to preserving and protecting this highly unique area as a buffer zone for the wilderness in the national park. This dedication shows in virtually every detail of the property, from the micro hydro power station that provides the resort’s renewable energy, to the buildings that were hand-crafted from sustainable timber milled right on the property.
A couple of weekends ago, we visited the Cloud Forest with our Boquete hiking group, led by Jere McCormick. It’s about a three-hour drive from Boquete, north to Volcan and through mile after mile of spectacular scenery. Here’s the photo record of our unforgettable visit!