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Birders Paradise in Luxury Apt. in Western Panama

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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

More Details

Lynn and Jerry Longbons
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

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.


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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Birders Paradise in Luxury Apt. in Western Panama
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

Serene Escape

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a special place to unwind in the Volcan area, stop looking elsewhere and stay at Lynn and Jerry's wonderful apartment home. The accommodations are amazing! Very private with literally all the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen, washer-dryer, pots, pans, etc. The atrium style window looking out towards Volcan Baru and the fertile highlands is stunning. What a view to wake up to! The grounds are extensive and landscaped with beautiful tropical trees and plants. Many gorgeous bird species visit the property on a constant basis, including the daily visits from the firey billed aracaris. Lynn and Jerry are wonderful people and gracious hosts, always willing to share advice about the area or to ask if there's anything you might need. That said, they also respect your privacy. Their four sweet dogs were an added bonus, especially my little buddy Tucker! Swinging on the hammock in the yard watching and listening to all the nature around you is unforgettable. Truly one of the best places I have ever stayed at, and I have travelled extensively. It's one of those places that will always stay with you.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review brought large smiles to our faces, and enthusiastic wagging to the dogs tails, especially Tucker's. We truly enjoy hosting our guests and are so happy when our feelings are reciprocated.
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Nature lover and bird watching paradise

  • 5 of 5

The attached but private "apartment" was beautiful and was well equipped for all needs including cooking and eating in. There are little restaurants all around, and beautiful hiking spots in two directions about an hour away. There is a river nearby to enjoy and birds galore to watch from the back deck or front. There is also a wonderful view of Volcan Baru and surrounding hills. The residence is gated with good security. The temperature was perfect the whole six days, even when areas to the north were rainy and cool. The hosts were most helpful and there to answer any questions but respected our privacy as well. We probably will not be back, but certainly would stay here again if we did.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Birder's Paradise is exactly as advertised and is a wonderful base for exploring Western Panama. The apartment is comfortable, spacious and very well equipped. We aren't "birder's" per se, but loved seeing the huge variety of amazingly colorful birds at the feeder throughout the day. Thank you Lynn and Gerald for sharing your beautiful property and home with us for a few days. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous Property!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Birder's Paradise apartment in December of 2016, and we were delighted with the accommodations. The apartment is spacious, clean, well-equipped, and very comfortable; and the hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. The setting itself is really remarkable, with amazing mountain views and a perfectly landscaped yard. As the title of the property suggests, there are many beautiful birds, and it is a real treat to watch them at the feeding platforms in all of their colorful splendor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly return.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shangri-La with Open-Air Aviary

  • 5 of 5

This gated property is hidden away in the country-side of Volcan, although well paved roads lead you to it from David or Boquete or away from it only fifteen minutes to central Volcan for shopping. The two-story apartment is attached to the owner's home on a sprawling property that looks out upon lush vegetation beneath the Volcan Baru. The apartment is beautifully arranged. The ground floor is the sleeping quarters with wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the gorgeous scenery. Bathing facilities are also included on this level. A spiral stair ascends to the second level. There, you have a full kitchen, full bathroom (including shower), laundry area, dining area, a day bed and exceptionally comfortable recliner chairs with excellent lighting for reading. Screen doors lead to a wrap-around covered porch that lets you enjoy the out-of-doors rain or shine. If the sky is clear at night, look at the stars. We've watched the night sky around the world and this is one of the best. Your host and hostess will bend over backward to make your stay enjoyable.

About the birds: they'll knock your socks off! If you are an ornithologist, your brain will explode! They are just too numerous and beautiful to describe.

Things we did in the surrounding area included visits to the Finca Dracula orchid preserve, Janson Coffee Farm Tour, and Haras Stable Tour.

Lynn and Jerry (and Zues, Juno, Loki & Tucker) will make you feel like part of the family.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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Dec 10 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

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Rates are based on 2 person occupancy. Add $20 for each add'l. person, max. occupancy is 4.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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