Mount Totumas Cloud Forest is 400 acres bordering La Amistad National Park. Visitors to our homestead will have 1.5 million acres of pristine cloud forest wilderness at their doorstep. La Amistad NP is Central America's largest protected mountain wilderness and on the property there are keystone species present such as Resplendent Quetzals, Three Wattled Bellbirds, Baird's Tapir, Mantled Howler Monkey, Black and Crested Guan, White-Faced Capuchin monkeys, mountain lions, ocelots and even Jaguars have been spotted in neighboring national park. We are in a remote wilderness location with a homestead that offers all the basic amenities thanks to our sustainable off the grid micro hydro power plant that taps the power of a nearby stream.
For your convenience the house has a kitchen and Wi-Fi. You will enjoy the mountain view and fresh mountain air!
Visitors will wake up to the calls of howler monkeys and have 30 km of trails at their doorstep. Horseback riding, hiking.
Access to the site requires travelling 9.8 km on a 4WD road. We provide transport from Volcan and can help you with the logistics of your trip.
There is no nearby store or town. If you are looking for an isolated wilderness experience than our homestead is just right for you. You will bring with you groceries and supplies when you visit and leave civilization behind for the duration of your visit.
My husband is an entomologist and was so looking forward to our stay here. He wasn't disappointed. The road in is certainly a journey on its own, but once we arrived the cabin was lovely. Mornings were glorious and in the afternoon the clouds came in and so did some rain. It was cooler than other parts of Costa Rica and Panama but refreshing. Walks were incredible, some difficulty (esp with a heart condition) but not impossible. The cabin was lovely, it is just as depicted in the photographs.
Our early emails with the owner Jeffrey were without problems. He is most helpful. He does all possible to make sure you have all necessary information, & he arranged all transport for us. This a fabulous retreat, you don't need to be an entomologist to enjoy it. Go find out for yourself!
This property is better than any photo can depict, from the accommodations to the scenery. Jeffrey and his lovely wife Alma were gracious hosts and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed to be comfortable. The house was very clean, well stocked with everything we could have needed and more. Considering you have to drive an hour back to Volcan on a 4WD road if you forgot anything at the grocery store you quickly appreciate even the little things.
Jeffrey took us on a beautiful hike on one of the mountain trails and we spotted Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Quetzals and other wildlife that I cannot name. The place is like none other I have ever visited and I would recommend to anyone looking for a total escape from the norm. You will not regret a decision to visit this mountain paradise.
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great place, great people. very clean and comfortable, amazing natural spot, will definitely return there!
Just returned from a one-week stay at the new guest cabin at Mt. Totumas. The owners, Jeff and Alma, are a delightful young expatriate couple, Jeff is a passionate and experienced naturalist who has built this place pretty much with his own hands, along with the assistance of a team of local craftsmen. Alma does the cooking and is a wonderful chef and gracious hostess. The guest cabin is modern, comfortable, and beautiful to behold. The local wildlife is excellent -- we saw three species of monkey on the same day. My birdwatching friend had thrills every day. I was engaged in insect collection (dragonflies), and we found at least one species new to science during our stay.
Guests need to know that a 4WD vehicle is absolutely essential to reach this place. Rent one, and be sure you know how to use it, or arrange for Jeff to pick you up in the nearby town of Volcan.
An excellent destination -- beautiful, restfull, packed with tropical montane flora and fauna, and the hosts are great company. Strongly recommended.
Our stay at Mount Totumas was a wonderful adventure. This is an ideal getaway for ecotourists, those who enjoy nature, or those who want to research various species in this cloud forest/upper highlands environment. We were there when the owners were there, so we did not rent the entire house. We stayed in one of the bedrooms, had our own bathroom, and shared the living room, kitchen and fabulous deck that borders the cloud forest and is equipped with numerous hummingbird feeders. While we were there the feeders attracted 8 different types of hummingbirds: Violet Saberwing, Magnificent, Green Violet-Ears, Green Crowned Brilliant, Snowy Bellied, Stripe Tailed, Scintillant, and White Throated Mountain Gem. Thanks to our hosts, we recognized the calls and then saw the Respendent Quetzal (the beautiful male bird), the Three-Wattled Bell Bird, and Howler Monkeys. Lights set up at night attracted hundreds of different moth varieties, including a Rothschild's moth and a White Witch moth that measured 10.5 inches. There is a natural hot springs nearby - although it would be quite a hike. Currently, the 6 mile road in from the pavement is 4 wheel drive and I would recommend arranging appropriate transportation and not driving your low-riding rental car there. There is a beautiful, new 2-story cabin being built that will sleep 5 to 7 people which should be complete very soon. There are numerous marked trails for hiking on the property, as well as hikes into La Amistad International Park. Of our three week visit to Panama, our three days at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest was the highlight of our trip.
I went in June for several days to Mount Totumas. It is very remote, about an hour drive up a long, rough, and definitely 4WD road. Don't think you'll go here and just pop down to the local store or restaurant, it is 1.5 hours to Volcan. But at the end of your drive you end up at a surprisingly nice lodge in the cloud forest. The lodge itself is great, they generate their own electricity and have most modern conveniences, appliances, full kitchen, comfortable beds, etc. The lodge was clean and well-maintained. I really enjoyed my stay. During the day I walked the many trails on the property looking for birds and other critters, and just enjoying the scenery and cloud forest habitat. Walking the road up is also a great way to birdwatch, and I saw a lot of species during my stay. The quetzals nesting on the property were a particular treat. I think six species of hummingbirds came to the feeders while we were there, and we saw some others while walking the trails. If you are lucky, maybe they will pull out the powerful lamps and white sheets at night so you can see what kind of insects (moths mostly) show up. That was fascinating.
I would like to return, especially after they build the planned lodge out on the "point", which will be truly spectacular. I would highly recommend this to anyone if what I have described above sounds like it suits you-- if you like to be away from the hustle and bustle, enjoying nature and peace and quiet, and especially if you are into nature/birdwatching or hiking, absolutely come here. But if that sounds boring to you, and you like to be in the middle of everything, with attractions and restaurants and other stuff, this isn't your place.