Valle Escondido Villa - Escape to the Cool Highlands of Boquete...
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Welcome to Hacienda Salsipuedes!! (translates as 'Leave if you can!') Consider that you can reserve this private home with fully stocked kitchen and huge patio with open views in the secure and quiet subdivision of Valle Escondido for much less than the cost of rooms in a hotel. Prepare a few meals instead of dining out and add to your savings. We love to start our day with fresh brewed local estate coffee, toasted bakery bread from the Belgian Bakery, and a fruit salad of sun-ripened papaya, mango, banana, pineapple, with fresh yogurt from the area. Eggs, sausage, bacon, ham as well as lunch and dinner items can be found at one of the several local supermarkets and deli's. Good cheeses, local and imported, very acceptable wines (especially Malbecs from Argentina under $10) and some spirits are available. A truck brings fresh fish from the Pacific to the local farmers market in big coolers of ice daily. Even shopping is an adventure!
Boquete and the western highlands of Panama have been a destination for adventurous Europeans and savvy Americans since the 1920's. An agricultural area, the farmers here send coffee, vegetables, fruit and cut flowers from the Chiriqui district to restaurants, shops and homes all over the country. The microclimate and soil on the many fincas near here consistently produce award-winning, delicious coffees. Some growers are under contract with Starbucks, others will give you a tour of their operation from bush to roasting. Fascinating! Tourism and Retirement Living are growing market sectors, but the area is still largely being discovered by visitors. We have found the merchants in Boquete and the larger city of David, pop. 50,000 to be welcoming and courteous, always doing their best speaking English when our Spanish runs out. Our Panamanian neighbors in town are always helpful and enthusiastic about the beauty and history of their Chiriqui home.
Valle Escondido, a gated, 9 hole golf course neighborhood, is just a short walk (15 min) from the small, bustling downtown area in Boquete. For us, a day of hiking, shopping or birding usually finishes up with a cool drink along the river somewhere where we ponder our choices of Italian fare (Il Pianista), American-Familiar (Bistro Boquete), Peruvian seafood (Delicias de Peru / Machu Picchu) or charcoal-seared steak from the Argentine parilla. For fun, add zip-line tours, river rafting (class II up to IV+), horses or rented ATVs to your To-Do list. Or just put your feet up on our large terrace and enjoy a cold, handmade pina colada as you take in the view across the valley with the Quebrada Grande stream chuckling below.
Spanish lessons/tutoring are offered by a couple of small schools who can evaluate your starting point and move your personal abilities forward.
This home is perfect for one or two couples, or a family group of 4-8 as the Master and Guest bedrooms each have a private bath. Traveling with teens? They can have some privacy. Infant? There is a playpen which doubles as a sleeping crib. Close to town, yet away from traffic in a secluded and private corner of Valle Escondido, you will enjoy a nice combination of convenience, privacy and quiet.
Email with specific questions and, once you have made your reservation, peruse our orientation guide with info on Boquete / Volcan / David areas, details, photos and activities.
This home was built by us with another couple as a winter getaway, NOT as a rental, but our work schedule intrudes on our traveling this year, so we are sharing it via VRBO. Allow more time than you think you will need. There is lots to do (or not do). We absolutely love it here and daydream often about our next holiday, living in Hacienda Salsipuedes.
Warm regards, Nancy & Bruce, Connie and Jeff, Owners
Keywords: villa, hacienda, house, casita
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Member since: 2008
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- WiFi zone in the house works well. Bring your laptop or iPad. Golf Pro Shop also rents Internet and computer time about 5 minute walk from the house, plus there are several CyberCafes in town. Ask for details about guest use of the Country Club indoor pool, workout room, steam, sauna, classes, massage on-site....moreless
- CD Player
DVD's can be rented in town. Note that some streaming services like NetFlix will not work on a foreign IP address. Amazon now allows downloading of movies from your subscription before you leave....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Town center of Boquete is a 4 minute drive or 15-20 minute stroll. Taxi home from downtown is a couple of dollars. Walkers get along fine with renting a car locally for a day or two as needed....moreless
Golf Course View:
Mature trees & views across the valley and to the river below. Sections of golf course visible from different parts of the property, but not from inside the home. The views across valley are outstanding. Daybreak paints the entire opposite valley wall with orange and pink on the greens of the canopy. Smashing!...moreless
- Mountain View:
For an additional $50pp registration fee, guests may use Social Membership at the VE Country Club. Includes tennis, mini-golf, indoor pool and jacuzzi, steam, racquetball, weight room, classes....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking
Fitness Room / Equipment:
Nearby Country Club has gym. Membership is included after $50.00 one time registration fee per guest. Fitness / Workout room, classes, racquetball, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam, mini-golf, tennis....moreless
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
some guests will bring a MagicJack that can be plugged into an ethernet connection or the USB of their own laptop. Test this before leaving the states. Or have your cell carrier set you up for here....moreless
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
Open wifi in the home has good connectivity. Speeds vary with level of users on the overall network. Bogs down a little when neighbors get home from work. But email and browsing work fine. Skype and MagicJack quality not guaranteed....moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Birdwatching Tours - The rare Resplendant Quetzal is sometimes seen January-March, also Coffee Finca and Production Tours, Zip Line Canopy Tour, ATV Rentals for area riding. Horse rental available. On the Pacific coast, there are deep sea fishing charters, surfing, beach fun. Fresh water rivers are stocked with trout, check license requirements. A car can be rented in Boquete area for $40-50/day if you only want to explore for a few days of your visit.
Year Purchased: 2005
About: This photo was taken on a hike of the Sendero de los Quetzales around the north shoulders of Volcan Baru in January. Next time we will arrange to have a vehicle on the other end of the trail so we can walk all the way to Cerro Punta, have dinner at the Quetzales Inn, then drive back to Boquete by way of Volcan. Breathtaking primary rainforest, chuckling streams and a mirador (overlook) about 2/3 of the way to the other side. This walk is rigorous with some hands and feet climbing but the path is somewhat marked and there are other hikers to talk with. For healthy walkers 3.5 to 4.5 hours from the ranger station on the Boquete side to the village in the next valley. What a nice winter break from the cold, brown prairie around Denver, Colorado!!
Why Boquete, Panama:
Having lived in Belize and traveled extensively in Mexico & Guatemala, we found that the Panama highlands offer a captivating combination of climate, warm welcome from the locals and pristine nature to enjoy. Close to the beach but not so hot and buggy up here. Plenty of cool walks in the jungle, birds and easy to buy fresh food to fix our own healthy dinner or go out to any of a dozen enjoyable restaurants. Our cost of living while we are down here is about 35-50% of the U.S. and each visit gives us a new opportunity to explore more wonders...
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Still on our list of Things To Do Next Time: Hook up with the group Boquete Birders for local birding walks - Zip line canopy tour, petroglyphs and hot springs near Caldera, rafting (class II is sufficient, thanks), blue water fishing and island hopping on the Pacific, white sand beaches about 2hrs drive at Las Lajas, dining in the cliffside palapa at Isla Boca Brava, visiting El Valle the village built in a volcano crater on the drive from Panama, 5 day Hike/camp in treehouses from Cerra Punto over the divide and down to the Caribbean plains, ride the open air banana train to Almirante, catch a clear day at the summit of the volcano to see both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at once, river fishing, river swimming, boating in Gulf of Chiriqui, seeking out live music venues. To Do AGAIN! More birding, Orchid Plantation (Finca Dracula! near Volcan) more snorkel and scuba in Bocas, more ATV exploring, more horses, more golf, walking tours in the back trails of Dolega and the entire Boquete valley, more dinners with friends, old and new, out to restaurants as well as dinner guests right here in the comfort of the Hacienda. Borrow a couple of guitars and invite other musicians...whew! And we MUST remember to include down time for just sitting and enjoying the house, its gardens and awesome setting. Quiet time is a funny thing to put on a To Do List but if we don't, it will surely get displaced.
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Welcome to Hacienda Salsipuedes...your home in Boquete.
Enjoy views across the valley, esp. when sunrise hits the treetops cross the way
Living Room opens to wide patio overlooking the valley & river below.
Tree-ripe fruit is mouth watering and readily available at markets in town.
Happy Hour on the porch is a great way to host new friends over.
Pueblecito Shops, cybercafe and Golf Course, a 5 min. stroll from the home...
Bird walk the Pipeline Trail ends up at waterfall and pool. And we saw quetzals!
Great training, attn to safety. Still quite rigorous and upper body workout!
'Boquete Birders' invites (quiet, attentive) visitors to join some bird walks.
View of Boquete as you enter from Alto Boquete. Great coffee at Tourist Center!
2 hrs drive is a fantastic beach at Las Lajas. Small fee to use palapas, baths.
Quiet & private setting, well away from street. Rear patios hang over valley.
Covered veranda is ideal for relaxing or entertaining...
Bring a book or Kindle, put on some tunes and enjoy all the weather in Boquete.
Fully furnished kitchen with stainless appliances, gas range, microwave.
Open Great Room and kitchen plan are great for casual enjoyment or entertaining
Smaller covered patio off each Master Bedroom
Pineapple Mango Smoothies at El Higueron cafe, 5 min walk down the hill. Wow.
Boquete Tree Trek - Zipline canopy fun with friends.
The only thing better than going on your own is to share it with friends/family.
Dormant Volcan Baru several miles away. ATVs are for rent in town.
Sunset at Las Lajas. Day trip or stay overnight.
We hope you will consider Hacienda Salsipuedes (Leave if you can)...
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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