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Lita's is a unique Hostal and Flea Market in the mountains of the province of Chiriqui in Panama, where you could be passing through or staying for an extended time. We are located in Cordillera, on the newly paved road that connects Boquete, Volcan and Cerro Punta
We have two apartments for rent that are equipped with a queen bed, day bed, TV and DVD (DVDs available in store), kitchen complete with refrigerator, stove, microwave and cookware, kitchen area, shower/hot water, towels, wi-fi, and more. We also have a suite with bathroom, which has a large window facing the Tilapia ponds. The rooms are located upstairs from the Flea Market, at treetop level, and there is a stream below, which makes for a restful sleep. There is a Koi pond and two Tilapia ponds right outside the door. And next to the Tilapia ponds there is a bohio, with hammocks, chairs, and tables, and a barbeque. There are also 2 private cabanas available, located behind our house, which have all of the amenities of the apartments. They have private patios, which provide a beautiful view of a valley, with hammocks and table with chairs.
We have a 2-story house that can comfortable sleep 30 people, and what we call the Mirror Room, which can sleep 6 people, has a bathroom, and a small refrigerator and coffee maker.
And we have fruit trees, tropical flowers and orchids everywhere. There is also excellent bird watching both on the property and in the local area.
Fred and Raquel (Lita) met the first time Fred was stationed in Panama as an Army soldier in 1981. Fred is originally from Arizona and Raquel was born in Chiriquí. Fred retired from the Army in Alabama, where Raquel had several stores where she had collectibles, collections, one-of-a-kinds, and antiques, and Fred sold Beanie Babies at a Flea Market on the weekends. We moved down to Panama permanently in 2008 and have been on the go ever since with different projects to improve the property. We love dogs and have 10 rescue dogs on the property, of which some always greet our visitors.
Raquel Tejan (Phone # has WhatsApp) purchased this studio in 2009
The area is beautiful, with lovely flowers and orchids growing in the wild. It is rural, yet close to nearby rainforests and beaches. David, the capital of the province, is only 45 minutes away, and it has everything you need. Also, the weather is beautiful, just warm enough during the summer (dry) season, and cool in the winter (rainy) season, sometimes requiring a blanket at night. We have a direct view of Volcan Baru, which is the tallest mountain in Panama at 14,4000 ft. It is also known as the 'Pregnant Indian' as that is the view it presents and that is the story behind it, which Lita can provide. On a clear day, one can see both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from the top of the mountain.
There are many things to do in this area. The birdwatching in this area is incredible, as people come from all over the world to see the birds during the migratory season. There are rivers, and we have the Macho de Monte canyon just down the road from here, with waterfalls and stunning views. Many people go swimming there year-round. And many people visit the botanical gardens that we have nearby, we even have an eco-agricultural study nearby.
There are many things to do in the area. People enjoy bird watching, going to the rivers and waterfalls, visiting the gardens or just learning about the history in the area.
Our first vacation in Cuesta de Piedra, Chiriqui, Panama was just what we were looking for. At Lita's Hostel we found Raquel and Fred very friendly, treating us like family and answering all our questions. We were in a secluded, peaceful cabaña towards the back of the property surrounded by beautiful flowers, mountain views and fruit trees that we were able to pick from as much as desired. Raquel provided us with a juicer for fresh juice. Thanks to Misael, we were able to eat a traditional homemade tamal from Panama. We were able to wake to the chirping of the birds, even the toucans came to greet us. We could fish on the property and have fresh Tilapia for lunch. When walking the property we were escorted by friendly wagging tails who would sleep by our front door. We felt very safe and protected. Cuesta de Piedra welcomed us with gentle rain and everyone seemed to greet us with a smile. While taxis were available, we were able to ride local buses from the front of the property and make connections to Concepcion, David,Volcan,Cerro Punta,Guadalupe,Boquete, Paso Canoa at the frontera with Costa Rica, and Puerto Armuelles on the Pacific.
We stayed in Casa Verde September 6 – 30th. The accommodation had a kitchen stocked with basic cooking items, small appliances, a gas stove/oven and fridge with freezer. The bathroom is small but adequate and bath towels are provided. The queen size bed was very comfortable with nice linens. The house was cool enough to sleep comfortably. There is Wi-Fi and satellite TV but if it rains hard you might miss the football game when the satellite goes out.
We enjoyed the cement patio on the west side as it was the perfect place to sit out of the rain, to read a book, to enjoy the landscape or garden view or to watch birds. Bird life is abundant and diverse here. The gardens have numerous fruit/food trees/plants. We often had fresh orange juice for breakfast and chayote and avocado for other meals.
The owners, Raquel and Fred were happy to answer any questions or respond to any needs. They gave us valuable restaurant, shopping, and travel advice and destinations. We had issues with getting our cell phone set up to call home, but both Raquel and Mishael (manager) helped us sort that out.
The location is central to traveling by car in any direction for day trips. A vehicle is recommended as travel is required for shopping and site seeing. There are buses running there but we did not try them. We enjoyed the Volcan flower fair, Cerra Punta, Finca Dracula (orchid farm), and Sitio Barriles. We could also travel to Puerto Armuelles, Boca Chica, Boquete, Caldera, and David, easily for day trips.
Fred and Raquel have several adopted/rescued dogs who were friendly, happy, and our frequent companions. Mishael (manager) is an excellent bird guide and a patient Spanish teacher! He, Joel and Gerania (staff) were super friendly and helpful if needed. We enjoyed getting to know all the folks there, learning a little bit about their life and work.
Overall, it was a good place to stay but the true enjoyment came from the relationships we developed while there.
Raquel and Fred (and their grandson) are such lovely hosts. They really do treat you like family and made our stay very pleasant. They assisted us in advance on where to shop so we would arrive with groceries and a full tank of gas. They are very knowledgeable of the area including services available in David. The location is not in town, but in a very peaceful and relaxing location. We rented one of the 2-room apartments away from the store and had a private patio with hammocks. This is a very Panamanian style apartment which is the experience we were seeking. Hot water only in the shower, but you can heat water on the stove for dishes. Check in advance with Raquel to make sure you bring what you need to cover all your bases. There is fruit you can pick all over the property - and we loved that! This property is about 15-20 minutes on good roads from Volcan (groceries, gas, restaurants, hiking) and about 45 to Boquete (all of that and more). The weather there is perfect! They do take in rescue dogs - who also treated us like part of the pack- and we enjoyed them so much! However, if you are not a dog lover and not good with this, then don't stay there. Fred and Raquel's dogs should be considered part of the package. A special thank you for letting us watch football in their home!
Lita and Fred were warm and welcoming. They treated us like family and created a comfortable environment. The property and surroundings are beautiful and relaxing. There are many sights and activities within reasonable distance. Cordillera is a small community but we really enjoyed calling it home for a month. The apartments and cabins are furnished with everything you could possibly need. They really feel like home. And the beds are super comfy. We would highly recommend staying here.
Information that needs to be shared up front: We rescue dogs, there are many homeless dogs in Panama, and you will see them in the streets during your travels here. 1 June 2016: At this time, we have 10 rescue dogs on our property. All of them have been neutered/spayed, and they all get along with one another. The property is secured in front by a locking gate, with keys furnished to our guests.
Please note that we have 2 fully-furnished apartments, and an economy apartment, two private cabanas, and a two-story house on our property. So when looking at the calendar for availability, do not be alarmed if you see that dates show up as being reserved.
Guests have said that our property has a Jurassic Park view. Located in a rural setting, and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery (featuring the famous Sleeping Indian) that is Volcan Baru, waterfalls, and lovely tropical gardens. Cordillera is a quiet farming community where our electric bill is delivered by hand, and trucks pick up 10 gallon milk containers left outside local farmers' gates. International bird watching tours stop here to view the many birds found on our property. We are within easy walking distance of the hydro-electric dam (for swimming), waterfalls are a short drive away, and the drive to La Amistad and Baru National Parks is less than 45 minutes. We have 2 Koi ponds, and Tilapia ponds for fishing right next to the apartments, and next to the ponds we have a bohio with hammocks, chairs and tables.
Our studio apartments are located at tree-top height (above our Flea Market) and there is a stream outside which helps you get a good nights' sleep. There is a nice patio area with hammocks and tables with chairs. The apartments are fully accommodated with a queen sized bed, day bed, stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cookware & dining ware, TV & DVD player (we have a wide selection of DVDs to choose from) and Wi-Fi. Hot water in the shower.
Additionally, we have two private cabanas located behind our house, which feature all of the amenities found in our studio apartments. The Cabana Verde includes 2 rooms, a private patio with a lovely valley view, along with hammocks and table with chairs. The Casa Blanca is larger than the Cabana Verde, and has a separate Master Suite. It can comfortable sleep 7 to 9 people. It also has a private patio with hammocks and table with chairs. The cabanas share a BBQ.
The 2-story house can sleep 30 people, and has a wonderful terrace on the second floor; while the downstairs has a wide patio almost 3/4 around. There are bathrooms on both floors, and, of course, a kitchen and dining area on the first floor.
We also have what we call the Mirror Room located in the front of the house, which is separate, and can sleep 6 people and has a bathroom small refrigerator, and coffee maker.
The rates for the cabana are $10 higher for daily, weekend and week, and $100.00 higher for the month. For those staying a month or longer, we offer satellite TV service.
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