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Birders Paradise in Luxury Apt. in Western Panama

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

This property is located in a rural setting surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, and beautiful tropical gardens. Cuesta de Piedra is a quiet pueblo where our electric bill is delivered on horseback and milk trucks pick up 10 gallon milk tanks left next to the local farmer's gates. International bird watching tours set up on the road to view the many birds found on and around our property. One of our recent guests spotted 87 species of birds just on our property (see complete list below). We are within easy walking distance of the hydro-electric dam and the drive to La Amistad and Volcan Baru National Parks is less than an hour.

Our guest suite is private, secure, and well appointed. Enter on the second level into a large living/dining/kitchen area. This level features a full self-catering kitchen, a full bath room, dining for four with a day bed that converts to a king or two twin beds.

The private balcony looks out onto a river valley headed by Volcan Baru, a beautiful 11,000+ foot tall volcano and the highest point in Panama. There is a custom built spiral stair that takes you down to a bedroom with queen bed, full bath room, and a private deck. There is a gated entry and covered parking for one vehicle.

Bird List: Cattle Egret, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Yellow-headed Caracara, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Sandpiper, Pale-vented Pigeon, Scaled Pigeon, Ruddy Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Barred Parakeet, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, White-crowned Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Vaux's Swift, White-necked Jacobin, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Blue-crowned Motmot, Fiery-billed Aracari, Olivaceous Piculet, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Slaty Spinetail, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Greenish Elaenia, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Paltry Tyrannulet, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Piratic Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, White-winged Becard, Masked Tityra,Yellow-winged Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Blue-and-white Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, House Wren, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Clay-colored Thrush, White-throated Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Mournig Warbler, Rufous-capped Warbler, Bananaquit, Hepatic Tanager, Summer Tanager, Cherrie's Tanager, Blue-gray Panager, Palm Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Shining Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Variable Seedeater, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Black-striped Sparrow, Streaked Saltator, Buff-throated Saltator, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Crested Oropendola, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Lesser Goldfinch, Violet Crowned Woodnymph, Scaly Breasted Hummingbird, Charming Hummingbird, Scaly Crested Pygmy Tyrant, Buff Rumped Warbler, White Ruffed Manakin.

Keywords: Guest Suite

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lynn and Jerry Longbons
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Lynn and Jerry Longbons

We moved to this area in 2006 from the mountains of Western Colorado and now share it with our four dogs and one cat, as well as a myriad of resident birds. We spend time gardening, socializing with other gringos in the area, hiking, biking and beach combing and boogie boarding at nearby Playa la Barqueta (and, of course, feeding the birds).

Lynn and Jerry Longbons purchased this townhome in 2006

Why Lynn and Jerry Longbons chose Panama

We purchased in this location because of it's proximity to outdoor activities here in Cuesta de Piedra as well as the nearby rainforests and beaches. It's a temperate climate that is warm during the day and cool enough to need a light blanket for sleeping at night.

What makes this townhome unique

We are fortunate to have mostly cows for neighbors and incredible bird watching almost every day. Our Panamanian neighbors are friendly and this area is clean and well maintained.


based on 31 traveler reviews

Birders Paradise in Luxury Apt. in Western Panama
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Lynn was a great host and was very helpful in recommending places to go and see. We enjoyed the great view from our rental and the grounds that the property is located on is very beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to find this beautiful place that was exactly what we were looking for. The accommodations were beautiful, fully equipped kitchen, tropical grounds, wonderful hosts and an amazing view on the upper terrace! We so enjoyed having our delicious morning coffee on that terrace! Even though we were not official "bird watchers" we loved seeing all the different colored birds flying by and the many calls that they make. There was even one that sounded Iike the static on the radio! There's so many things to do and experience in the local area just a short drive away. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ashland, MA

Birds, flowers, and green vistas

  • 5 of 5

Lynn and Jerry's wonderful home was our first taste of Vulcan, and it could not have been more delicious. Our friends, who have stayed here a few times before, knew how much we would enjoy sharing it. They gave us the lower level with its own private terrace, while they used the pullout King on the upper floor. All was very safe and comfortable for 4 adults.

The views and the birds were a treat. We saw fiery-billed aracaris every day, hummingbirds and flycatchers, and warblers of all colors and sizes. The view of the baru and the verdant river valley greeted us each morning. The temperature was perfect, the mountain air clean and breezy.

Lynn and Jerry could not have been kinder and more helpful. We would definitely recommend this piece of heaven to friends, and should we return to the Volcan area we would return here.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to host you and are even happier that you had such a good experience here and in the surrounding area. We think you did more than about three other guests combined. We loved hearing about your adventures every day and are so glad that we were able to contribute to your stay and tour of Panama. Thanks for taking the time to review our property, or as they say here in Panama, "muchas gracias"!
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Ashland, Mass

Paradise says it all!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed at Lynn & Jerry's apartment several times: alone, with friends, and with family. Each visit has been fabulous. Lynn & Jerry are wonderful hosts, responsive without being intrusive, always available to answer questions or identify birds, and have thought of everything to make the apartment a home away from home. The views are magnificent, the gardens gorgeous, and the birds amazingly beautiful. We've seen fiery billed aracaris every time we've visited along with a myriad of other birds found in these gorgeous mountain highlands. Thank you again Lynn and Jerry for sharing your corner of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys can come back any time and bring your friends with you, especially if they're as pleasant and fun-loving your last friends. We know we'll see you soon, as you're moving to the area, and are looking forward to many more pleasant times with you. Hasta pronto.
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Fort Myers, Florida


  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our trip to Birdwatcher's Paradise, and that it was. We never considered ourselves "bird people", but here, you will be. Birds of every color and flowers to match. Such a beautiful setting. The rental is private and secure. The local roads are excellent and you are central to all that there is to see. La Amistad in Las Nubes and Cerro Punta are within a beautiful hours drive. The beach at Playa Barqueta was easy to get to and deserted on the day we went. The coffee tour at Jansons was very informative and interesting. Absolutely do not miss the orchid farm at Finca Dracula in Gaudalupe. Boquete is easily reached on the new winding road that runs past the property. Volcan is a whole different vibe than Boquete, less touristy. Again, the location can not be beat.

Lynn and Jerry are fantastic. They give you your space but are happy to give you recommendations for both food and fun. Really enjoyed meeting them and sharing travel stories. The four dogs were just what we needed to help with missing our own at home.

We would highly recommend! Exceeded all expectations.

Larry & John

Ft Myers Florida

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Bird Watcher's Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we felt like we were at home. The property is a very clean, well equipped, very modern and beautiful home that will make one feel very comfortable right away.

The Hosts, Lynn and Gerry, are very helpful in making you feel welcome as well.

The property the home is on is beautiful and home to several species of Panamanian Birds who come to feed on The Longbons' bananas so you get quite a bird show.

Location is perfect to explore the area.

You do need a car to get around.

We were really impressed and are definitely going to go back to stay there if we go to that area again.

Loved every minute of our stay there. The dogs were a treat!

Thank you Lynn and Gerry for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Via Volcan
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Street side grill
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Playa la Barqueta
Nearest Point of Interest
Apartment Location
Nearest Point of Interest
Cerro Punta
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa la Barqueta
Car: recommended

From David airport: exit left from airport and go 3.4 km, turn left at the stop light and drive past McDonalds to the next stop light where you will turn left onto the Pan-American highway. Stay on this road for about 21 km to the town of Concepcion where you will turn right onto the Via Volcan. Look for the green sign indicating 'Volcan'. Drive another 20km to Cuesta de Piedra and turn right. Just before you get to the turn for Cuesta de Piedra the road will curve to the left and you will see a church on a hill surrounded by radio towers straight ahead. You will pass some very brightly colored houses on your right and there will be a road that t's off to the right. Turn there and go another 2km until you see a large green water tank on your left. Our house is entered at the drive just past this water tank, turning to your left. There will be a large black iron gate and a sign 'Residencia Longbons'. You're there! Coming from Boquete you will drive towards David and turn right at the Terpel gas station onto the new road to Volcan. Follow the signs to Cuesta de Piedra and notice that there are kilometer markers along the side of the road. Our place is located on the right just before the 2 kilometer marker. You'll see a cream colored column and that marks our driveway. It's a sharp turn coming from that direction so you'll need to swing wide to make the turn. Honk or use the intercom and we'll open the gate.


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Bugaba Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Daybed (1) converts to a twin, two twins, or king.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting

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