Inexpensive Ecological Mountain Cabins - Birders Welcome!

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Last updated: 04/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Cabanas Potosi, with mountain views of El Valle de Anton and the Sleeping Indian Mountain, is a 31 year old family business remodeled in July 2009. The cabins are nestled at just under 3000 feet above sea level, 35 minutes from the Pan-American highway (28km), in the world's second largest inhabited extinct shield volcanic crater. It is a lot cooler than the coastline with temperature in the mid 60's at night. The crater, created 75,000 years ago, is five kilometers wide and 2 kilometers across. (2.4 x 1.2 miles) El Valle is the (HOME OF 311 SPECIES OF BIRDS), golden frogs, square trees, Chorros El Macho and Las Mozas (Water Falls), La Piedra Pintada (Pre-Columbian rock cravings), Mercado (Crafts Market), El Gaital (national nature park), El Nispero (Zoo and Amphibian Conservation Center)), Pozos Termales (hot springs), Museo de El Valle (Historical Museum), Aprovaca Orquideas (Orchard Gardens), Canopy Adventure (Jungle Zip-Line Swing), Butterfly Garden, mountain hiking, and horseback riding. There are no fast food establishments here but there are many family owned restaurants with typical food and drinks that cost between $5-$25. Many retired people are starting to relocate to El Valle where your alarm clock is the songs of birds and roosters.

has four one bedroom cabins for $59.00 (Double Occupancy), in season (November-April), plus 10% tourist tax. May-October we give a (20% discount), (Monday Thru Thursday) plus 10% tax, if you stay for longer than one night. An additional renter is $10 extra. The porches of Cabanas Potosi offers our quests a view of the Sleeping Indian Mountain from your comfortable personal hammock or porch chair. The rooms feature a very clean and comfortable double and single bed. The eco-logical rooms feature peace and quite are furnished with a mini-refrigerator, room fan, mirrors, lamps, chairs and tables. Also, the bathroom features a walk-in hot shower. We do not offer daily hotel maid room service but provide items as needed.

The people of El Valle are very friendly and move about during the week by walking or riding a bicycles. On the weekends, however, the community becomes populated with tourists from the Europe, Canada and the United States as well as with Panamanians who have weekend homes in El Valle. A visit to 'The Market', a place to buy Panamanian pottery and art, is a must see. In the evening a light jacket may be needed. The serenity of this eco-logical mountain hide-a-way is a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. El Valle is a charming little community of 7,000 people with abundant family owned restaurants, small stores surronded by vocanic peaks, lush forests, waterfalls and mountain trails. Also, El Valle is home to the rare golden frogs and square trees.

Beaches and golf courses are located 45 minutes away in Coronado to Decamoeron.

Keywords: Eco-logical
Bird Watching
Hot Springs
Water Falls
Square Trees
National Parks

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 225 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Only have room for two adults and one child....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in the cabins or terraces is not permitted by Panama Law. Smoking areas are provided. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets are not permitted in consideration of our other clients....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Transportation shuttle to and from local tourists sites or local restaurants is provided for a small fee....moreless


  • Ping Pong Table


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The cabin patios have a view of the western edge of the crater mountains and the Sleeping Indian Mouintain, which is one of El Valle's tourists attractions. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    On the outside house terrace or in the gazebo ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Mobile Phone:

    Use of cell phone for local calls for a $1 charge...moreless

  • Parking:

    Free on the property next to your cabin...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Protected fenced in property...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Use of office phone for local calls for a $1 charge...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Ask for clean towels when needed....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laudermat is located in El Valle...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Located at Cabanas Potosi, El Valle's local Library and in some local restaurants...moreless


  • Refrigerator:

    Mini frig in all cabins...moreless

  • Shared Kitchen:

    A Gazebo is located on the property where clients can cook using charcoal or an electric burners. Accessories, except charcoal, are provided ...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Can be rented by the hour or day from Don Pepe in the center of town....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Has you own individual hammock to relax in...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Has a charcoal/wood grill, sink with running water, counter top, electricity and large 4 x 8 table with chairs...moreless

  • Golf:

    Located 45 minutes from El Valle off the Pan-American highway...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Cabanas Potosi sits on 3.8 acres or 1.75 hectors ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Located in two areas...moreless

Pool / Spa



Write a review 4.8
from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rainy Season Non weekend
Jun 1 - Oct 3, 2016
1 night min stay
$64 $69
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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Once a reservation is made a 100% deposit is required to confirm. The 100% deposit is refundable if a cancellation takes place more than 30 days before your stay. A 50% is given if you cancel within 2-weeks of your stay.

During raining season, May 16-Sept. 30, a 20% discount is available for a two night stay, not including weekends (F, S, S).

Wifi available

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/28/2016
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150 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Panama City, Panama - Tocumen International Airpor
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Coronado 18 hole Golf Course
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Pan-American Highway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Brochettas Italian Restaurant
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Santa Clara Beach

Car: Recommended

The following (BIRDS) have been seen on our property: Gray Necked Wood Rail, Roadside Hawk, Yellow Headed Caracara, White Tipped Dove, Blue Headed Parrot, Orange Chinned Parakeet, Tropical Screech Owl, Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Blue Crown Motmot, Keel Billed Toucan, Black Chested Jay, Red Crowned Woodpecker, Lincated Woodpecker, Buff Throated Woodpecker, Barred Antshrike, Tropical King Bird, Social Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Yellow Olive Flycatcher, Crimson Backed Tanager, Blue Gray Tanager, Great Kiskadee, Yellow Bellied Elaenia, House Wren, Rufous Breasted Wren, Clay Colored Thrush, Yellow Throated Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Red Legged Honey Creeper, Rufous Capped Warbler, Thick Billed Euphonia, Spot Crowned Euphonia, Plain Colored Tanager, Lesser Goldfinch, Palm Tanager, Streaked Saltator, Black Striped Sparrow, Variable Seedeater, Black Hawk Eagle, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, and others.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Dennis & Mireya Wenthold are retired teachers from Florida now making their home in El Valle, Panama. Dennis is orginally from Iowa and Mireya is from Panama. They met at the University of Northern Iowa during 1970 and have been together ever since. They have two children and three grand children, who live in Erie, Colorado.

Why the Owner Chose Panamá Oeste, Panama:
The property was purchased from Mireya's mother, Patria, in 2003. We retired to Panama in 2009 to manage Cabanas Potosi and have been coming to this area since 1970. Also, Mireya has three brothers who have homes near by. One of her brothers, Mario Bernal, is a national well know eco-tourism and bird watching guide in Panama. He can be introduced to you if you care for his services. He charges $45 for a half-day of bird watching here in El Valle.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The main benefit of Cabanas Potosi is laying in a soft hammock or sitting in a comfortable patio chair with a good book enjoying the sounds of nature which surround you 24 hours a day. Also, the cabins are within a mile of the market, gas, ATM, resturants, etc. Come and have your alarm clock be the blue parakeets of the valley.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • 'Cabanas Potosi'

    'Cabanas Potosi'

  • Entry path to Cabanas Potosi

    Entry path to Cabanas Potosi

  • Cabin #1 and table

    Cabin #1 and table

  • Cabin #4

    Cabin #4

  • Wine table

    Wine table

  • Garden and table

    Garden and table

  • Resting area

    Resting area

  • Cabin Interior

    Cabin Interior

  • Go bird watching with Mario Bernal, well know Panamanian guide - Speaks English

    Go bird watching with Mario Bernal, well know Panamanian guide - Speaks English

  • El Macho Waterfall with natural pool for swimming.

    El Macho Waterfall with natural pool for swimming.

  • Las Moshes Waterfall - 30 min. walk from Cabans Potosi

    Las Moshes Waterfall - 30 min. walk from Cabans Potosi

  • Entrance to Cabanas Potosi

    Entrance to Cabanas Potosi

  • Pathway to the cabins

    Pathway to the cabins

  • Cabin #3

    Cabin #3

  • Guest Room Patio

    Guest Room Patio

  • Gazebo for grilling and ping-pong

    Gazebo for grilling and ping-pong

  • Bird Cabins

    Bird Cabins

  • Resting area

    Resting area

  • The sleeping Indian Mountain - Walk the one hour trail to the top

    The sleeping Indian Mountain - Walk the one hour trail to the top

  • Cabans Potosi will pick you up at 'The Market' at the bus stop in El Valle.

    Cabans Potosi will pick you up at 'The Market' at the bus stop in El Valle.

  • El Valle Hot Springs and Mud Baths

    El Valle Hot Springs and Mud Baths

  • One of the animals in the El Valle Zoo

    One of the animals in the El Valle Zoo

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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