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Dennis or Mireya Wenthold

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

Inexpensive Ecological Mountain Cabins - Birders Welcome!

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Panamá Oeste Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)


Cabanas Potosi, with mountain views of El Valle de Anton and the Sleeping Indian Mountain, is a 31 year old family business remodeled in July 2009. The cabins are nestled at just under 3000 feet above sea level, 35 minutes from the Pan-American highway (28km), in the world's second largest inhabited extinct shield volcanic crater. It is a lot cooler than the coastline with temperature in the mid 60's at night. The crater, created 75,000 years ago, is five kilometers wide and 2 kilometers across. (2.4 x 1.2 miles) El Valle is the (HOME OF 311 SPECIES OF BIRDS), golden frogs, square trees, Chorros El Macho and Las Mozas (Water Falls), La Piedra Pintada (Pre-Columbian rock cravings), Mercado (Crafts Market), El Gaital (national nature park), El Nispero (Zoo and Amphibian Conservation Center)), Pozos Termales (hot springs), Museo de El Valle (Historical Museum), Aprovaca Orquideas (Orchard Gardens), Canopy Adventure (Jungle Zip-Line Swing), Butterfly Garden, mountain hiking, and horseback riding. There are no fast food establishments here but there are many family owned restaurants with typical food and drinks that cost between $5-$25. Many retired people are starting to relocate to El Valle where your alarm clock is the songs of birds and roosters.


has four one bedroom cabins for $59.00 (Double Occupancy), in season (November-April), plus 10% tourist tax. May-October we give a (20% discount), (Monday Thru Thursday) plus 10% tax, if you stay for longer than one night. An additional renter is $10 extra. The porches of Cabanas Potosi offers our quests a view of the Sleeping Indian Mountain from your comfortable personal hammock or porch chair. The rooms feature a very clean and comfortable double and single bed. The eco-logical rooms feature peace and quite are furnished with a mini-refrigerator, room fan, mirrors, lamps, chairs and tables. Also, the bathroom features a walk-in hot shower. We do not offer daily hotel maid room service but provide items as needed.


The people of El Valle are very friendly and move about during the week by walking or riding a bicycles. On the weekends, however, the community becomes populated with tourists from the Europe, Canada and the United States as well as with Panamanians who have weekend homes in El Valle. A visit to 'The Market', a place to buy Panamanian pottery and art, is a must see. In the evening a light jacket may be needed. The serenity of this eco-logical mountain hide-a-way is a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. El Valle is a charming little community of 7,000 people with abundant family owned restaurants, small stores surronded by vocanic peaks, lush forests, waterfalls and mountain trails. Also, El Valle is home to the rare golden frogs and square trees.


Beaches and golf courses are located 45 minutes away in Coronado to Decamoeron.

Keywords: Eco-logical

Bird Watching



Hot Springs

Water Falls




Square Trees




National Parks


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Dennis or Mireya Wenthold (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

About Dennis or Mireya Wenthold

Dennis & Mireya Wenthold are retired teachers from Florida now making their home in El Valle, Panama. Dennis is orginally from Iowa and Mireya is from Panama. They met at the University of Northern Iowa during 1970 and have been together ever since. They have two children and three grand children, who live in Erie, Colorado.

Dennis or Mireya Wenthold purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Dennis or Mireya Wenthold chose Panama

The property was purchased from Mireya's mother, Patria, in 2003. We retired to Panama in 2009 to manage Cabanas Potosi and have been coming to this area since 1970. Also, Mireya has three brothers who have homes near by. One of her brothers, Mario Bernal, is a national well know eco-tourism and bird watching guide in Panama. He can be introduced to you if you care for his services. He charges $45 for a half-day of bird watching here in El Valle.

What makes this cabin unique

The main benefit of Cabanas Potosi is laying in a soft hammock or sitting in a comfortable patio chair with a good book enjoying the sounds of nature which surround you 24 hours a day. Also, the cabins are within a mile of the market, gas, ATM, resturants, etc. Come and have your alarm clock be the blue parakeets of the valley.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Fellow Travellers,

“Speak kind words, receive kind echoes” the decorative plaque on the wall of our little room here at Cabanas Potosi says. That phrase is descriptive of the attitude of the owners of this place. Their helpfulness and concern for their guests manifests itself in many ways. We have seldom experienced this kind of service and attention at any of the places we have stayed. They make El Valle extra special for anyone visiting here. I put a link to them under the Businesses We Support heading in the right column. If you come here, we would highly recommend Cabanas Potosi and the rates are, to say the least, reasonable. For $44.50 per night, with the 7th night free, you get an extra clean room with a fridge, fans a bathroom with hot water and louvered windows that let the breezes through. There are two beds per room and the mattresses are firm and comfortable. There are only four rooms so you get to meet everyone else that is traveling through. Also, the grounds are beautifully landscaped and impeccably maintained. You also get an endless supply of cheerfully provided helpful information from the English speaking owners Mireya (pronounced Marayah) and Dennis.
Feb 2012
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Inexpensive Ecological Mountain Cabins - Birders Welcome!
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Nice quiet cabins, close to nature

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 2 nights at the start of March and used the cabin as a base to explore El Valle (we had a rental car).

Cabanas Potosi is situated in calming, natural surroundings, with abundant vegetation and wildlife. In fact, without leaving the grounds you can see a huge variety of birds (especially when Dennis and Mireya conduct their daily feedings, very cool).

As a base to explore El Valle, Cabanas Potosi was great. Situated slightly out of the main town, it's quiet, but you're within striking distance of all the local attractions (hiking trails, birding, local restaurants, grocery stores, etc). The cabins, while basic, have everything you need to enjoy your stay (mini-refrigerator and coffee maker, cooking kit available upon request) and you really do feel as if you're in a cabin by yourself in the jungle! Also, Mireya and Dennis were kind hosts and a valuable wealth of information. They were great to talk to and very welcoming.

In short - Cabanas Potosi is a great base for touring El Valle, stay there!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5 days in El Valle

  • 4 of 5

El Valle is a lovely town, majestic in its scenery and unspoiled by an influx of ex-pats.

Dennis and Mireya were cordial hosts; their property was extremely well tended and presented as an oasis of flowers, shrubs, benches, tables, trees, birds, ..... all in all an exceptionally tranquil and beautiful site.

The cabin was basic though adequate and clean. If you are tied to the internet and/or tv, then this may not be the best choice for you. (Internet is available in a common space near their office, but service does not reach to the cabins.)

Dennis is a good resource as to the area.

Although one could walk to town from the cabins, it is a bit of a hike, and use of the inexpensive taxis might be preferred.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Beautiful, restful grounds, basic and very clean rooms, friendly and welcoming owners.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent place to stay in this beautiful cool valley.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Bar Harbor, Maine USA

Birding and Painting

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated the beauty and peaceful atmosphere at Cabanas Potosi. The grounds are lovely and offer many quiet places to watch birds. The cabanas are spacious and spotless. The birding was very good. Mario is an excellent guide and very good company. Mireya's hospitality was gracious and attentive. We highly recommend Cabanas Potosi.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Couldn't be happier

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't be happier with our stay. Mireya was very hospitalible and helped us with things to do in the area. Our cabin was very comfortable. There were several wonderful little areas around the property to relax. I would happily return

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Rome, Italy

Nice Little Getaway in El Valle

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and quiet cabins. Hospitality was exceptional - from the welcome reception with other guests to the fresh coffee in the morning (Thank you Mireya). The owners have a long history in the valley and it is interesting to learn about the history and happenings in the town. A few suggestions would include; an additional plug (or adapter) for charging phones and computers and coffee mugs in the room. The property is well maintained and is an exceptional value.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Panama City, Panama - Tocumen International Airpor
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Coronado 18 hole Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Pan-American Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Brochettas Italian Restaurant
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Santa Clara Beach
Car: recommended

The following (BIRDS) have been seen on our property: Gray Necked Wood Rail, Roadside Hawk, Yellow Headed Caracara, White Tipped Dove, Blue Headed Parrot, Orange Chinned Parakeet, Tropical Screech Owl, Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Blue Crown Motmot, Keel Billed Toucan, Black Chested Jay, Red Crowned Woodpecker, Lincated Woodpecker, Buff Throated Woodpecker, Barred Antshrike, Tropical King Bird, Social Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Yellow Olive Flycatcher, Crimson Backed Tanager, Blue Gray Tanager, Great Kiskadee, Yellow Bellied Elaenia, House Wren, Rufous Breasted Wren, Clay Colored Thrush, Yellow Throated Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Red Legged Honey Creeper, Rufous Capped Warbler, Thick Billed Euphonia, Spot Crowned Euphonia, Plain Colored Tanager, Lesser Goldfinch, Palm Tanager, Streaked Saltator, Black Striped Sparrow, Variable Seedeater, Black Hawk Eagle, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, and others.


Rates & Availability

Panamá Oeste Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rainy Season Non weekend
Jun 1 2016 - Oct 3 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Once a reservation is made a 100% deposit is required to confirm. The 100% deposit is refundable if a cancellation takes place more than 30 days before your stay. A 50% is given if you cancel within 2-weeks of your stay.

During raining season, May 16-Sept. 30, a 20% discount is available for a two night stay, not including weekends (F, S, S).

Wifi available

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Panamá Oeste Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 225 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Hot water showers.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1) The best firm mattresses in El Valle, Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Transportation shuttle to and from local tourists sites or local restaurants is provided for a small fee.

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