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Valle Escondido Villa - Escape to the Cool Highlands of Boquete...

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 5)

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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Boquete Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen in Master BR and Queen plus twin in Guest BR. Baby Cribs (1) We have a Pack & Play playpen for infants that can serve as a crib in parents bedroom overnight.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
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.


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Valle Escondido Villa - Escape to the Cool Highlands of Boquete...
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Welcome to paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay in Bouquet. All was great. Place well equipped and clean.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jiri, you and your family are welcome to stay at our hacienda anytime. Bruce & Nancy, Jeff & Connie
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Bellingham, WA

Great location and property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Boquete and enjoyed the house and amenities. The house is comfortable and has a well provisioned kitchen. The property manager was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We love the home and look forward to our next visit. In the meantime, we enjoy sharing Boquete and the hacienda with other travelers. Safe journeys!
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Amazing and quiet comfort

  • 4 of 5

Overall an amazing stay the house was comfortable and very nice...

Had a great and fun back yard and the privacy was amazing very quiet and nice

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer, you and your family are welcome anytime. Glad you spent your Christmas holiday in our home.
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Panama (But from the UK)

A perfect stay, beautiful house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very comfortable stay in this beautiful house in the middle of the hills of Boquete. It was well equipped, plenty of space, comfy beds, lots of big windows and doors for the fresh mountain air to breeze through.

There's a lovely big terrace and garden to have meals in or simply sit and watch nature.

It's about a 20min walk into town but a very quick drive. The house is on a great resort which has a wonderful spa/pool included in your stay as well as the option to play golf.

2 nights in this place was not enough, I could have stayed all week! tranquil and an escape from reality.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

I spend roughly three months each winter in Boquete and always in Valle Escondido. Because of the length of time I am there I look for a nice comfortable home. This one fits the bill just fine. Owners are great and local manager is very helpful. Ten minute walk to town.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback and for your help with suggestions to keep the home in good shape for future guests. We hope to see you in years to come.
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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Wonderful stay in a gorgeous villa!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two young children and I spent a little more than a week in this wonderful villa in April 2012. The pictures are completely accurate and in fact the home is more beautiful than the photos depict. We arrived to a basket of wonderful fresh local fruits and vegetables and a lovely bottle of wine. The space was clean and the caretaker, Linda and her husband, were extremely helpful and responsive, as was the owner when we realized we'd left something behind and they made sure it was mailed back to us in Canada! The villa is decked out with everything we needed.. full kitchen and laundry. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Bruce

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!!

Bruce purchased this villa in 2005

Why Bruce chose Boquete

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...

What makes this villa unique

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.


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
David - Enrique Malek International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Valle Escondido Cantina, a 5 min stroll away
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
9 hole course on-site, not included in rent
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Pan American Highway (Interamericano)
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Sabor Escondido - 1/4 mile stroll
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Las Olas-closest, Las Lajas-nicest
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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