We visited Los Quetzales Lodge having read good and bad reviews that eventually decided us against actually staying there.
The lodge is tucked back at the end of the street in the small settlement of Guadelupe. The structure is wooden with a reception downstairs and outside steps leading to the restaurant and lounge area. It's lovely up there, rustic and comfortable with a little balcony for outdoor drinks or food on a sunny afternoon. The menu is small and the food very good; a little more expensive than some places in the area but one of the better places to eat.
The accommodation offers quite a few choices and, as far as staying in the main lodge is concerned there are plenty of reviews about that - the majority of people seem very happy.
I really wanted to mention the 'cabins' up in the National Park. Volcan Baru is 'up the road' and a hilly, moderately difficult walk for anyone reasonably fit. Up there Los Quetzales have some 'cabins', they offer tractor/wagon transport up and down and will even bring meals - otherwise you need to self cater. On one of our walks in Volcan Baru National Park we came upon one of the cabins, high up on a ridge with a winding path leading to it. (I'm pretty sure this was cabin no 8- it's octagonal) Birds were flocking around the place (we saw Quetzales close by) with its lovely little garden immediately outside the house. We held back in case the place was occupied but a very friendly couple, Sonja and Scott and their pet Red Lored Parrot, Coco summoned us up. Sonja showed us around the lovely 'cabin, deck, log fire and two levels with a balcony up top. What a fantastic spot! They told us 'Olingos' came down to eat bananas from the deck at night. This is really in the wilds and not for anyone who needs a lively nightlife (or even any other people at all - the other cabins are nowhere in sight)) but if you are looking to get back to nature it is well worth a little more investigation.
So, all in all we liked Los Quetzales a lot and next time we are in the area we will definitely stay!
- Also Known As:
- Los Quetzales Hotel
- Los Quetzales Hotel Guadalupe
- Los Quetzales Lodge And Spa
- Los Quetzales Lodge & Spa Panama/Guadalupe