|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
With a magnificent terrace and fabulous views on the mountainous landscape and wild beaches, our exclusive house is perfect for a family or a group of friends. It is secluded, ideal to disconnect from the stress of urban life and relax in the hammocks. You could also walk, within 10 minutes, to several different beaches or enjoy nearby outdoors activities and cultural events (see Features below). My brother being a local fisherman, we can help you plan your fishing/snorkeling activities.
At our request, the house was designed by architect Jean-Francois Potvin (web site: bossesdesign) as a green building. Because we did not want air conditioning, the house has been inserted into the hill without any disruption to the rolling landscape. The back of the house is thus refreshed by the ground while, on the second floor, the high roof, separated from the ceiling, allows the wind to naturally cool the rooms. Ceiling fans do the rest.
We also wanted to live largely outside but protected from the blazing tropical sun, the large covered terrace on the second floor is our main living quarter. It feels like being on the deck of a ship alone between sky and sea.
Following green building guidelines, the materials that we used are local. The walls of the ground floor are in bricks made from clay in Chitre, two hours away, and the rooms on the upper floor are made of wood from a teak plantation in nearby Cana. We collect rain water for the toilets and for watering the plants. Furniture is simple, some of it is carved in tree trunks by a local artisan while decoration features Panama’s rich arts crafts.
The property of 1.5 ha was a grazed pasture when we bought it in 2003. We immediately reforested it, planting more then 600 native and fruit trees. We hope that soon the howler monkeys, that can be heard at dawn and dusk, will come to feed on them. One of the most common tree species on our property is rosewood that is, with ebony, one of the most precious wood for ebenistery. We grow some local crops, from cotton and coffee to manioc and will be happy to share them with you upon availability.
Keywords: Casa de campo
I was born in Pedasi where my family is still living. I move to the Panama City as a child to attend high school. I became passionate for entomology and obtained a Ph.D. in this field. I teach at the Central American Master’s Program in Entomology from the University of Panama. My research explores the diversity of insects of tropical forests canopies (Web site: radeau-des-cimes). With my wife, a plant ecologist, we dreamed a house in Pedasi to relax on holidays and long week-ends and eventually retire.
Hector Barrios purchased this house in 2005
La Otra is perfectly located between Pedasi and Playa Venado (22 Km from Pedasi and 7 Km from Playa Venado) on a one and half hectare property that was reforested with native and fruit tree species in 2004. You will be able to go get the lemon from the tree to make your margatira after a great day at the beach.The site, 60 m above sea-level, was chosen for a breath taking 180 degree view on Oria beach and the mouth of the Oria river and for the lovely access to the beach using a small shaded public road alongside the Oria mangrove forest. This makes for a wonderful 10 minutes walk and, arriving on the beach you will in all likelyhood have the beach all for yourself.
The house itself was built between 2008 and 2010 following plans from award-winning architect firm. The architects were asked to design a house that would (1) maximize the shaded open-space and (2) would be maintain an agreeable temperature without having recourse to air-condition. The architect was inspired by the view and explained “the main upstairs terrace gives the feeling of being on the deck of a ship at sea”.
Several innovations ensure La Otra natural air-conditioning. On the second floor, stunning teak blinds allow to transform the western wall of windows to a solid wooden wall allowing light to filter but preventing the afternoon heat to enter the living room. The roof of the house rises above the roof of the upstairs quarters allowing the wind to refresh the rooms. Finally the back of the first floor was embedded in the hill on which La Otra was built allowing the rooms downstairs to benefit from the freshness of the ground.
We are two couples who stayed here for eight fantastic days in Nov. With a car rented in Chitre, we tried to experience as much of the area as possible and after our stay felt we had lots more to do. The grounds and house were really remarkable and the quiet beach a short ten minute walk away. With the help and guidance of "Chi-Chi", the host and property manager, we had lots of adventures. We tried to experience as much of owners Hector and Catherine's list of "to do" list.as possible. We seemed to be perfectly located to explore the Azuero Pen. We snorkelled fantastic Isla Iguana, fished successfully for tuna and dorado from a panga, played in the surf around Venao, watched turtles big and small at Canas, watched a rodeo in Pedasi and much more...... If you want to have an experience away from resorts and tourista beaches, this is your place !!
This house is a truely remarkable structure, which, from a distance looks like a boat floating on top of the trees. We spent time laying in hamacs looking at the fantastic view of the ocean. We only had 2 days, and visited isla iguana, where we saw beautiful tropical fishes, a few sea turtles and hundreds of fregates (this is a nesting area for these birds), as well as many iguanas and red crabs waiting for us on the beach. The next day, we visited several beautiful beaches with white sand, where we were alone! The owners, Catherine and Hector, will give you all sorts of wonderful tips and make you feel like you belong a little bit to this beautiful country. The little town of Pedasi is charming, and has quite a few small restaurants, and a nice church. We would therefore highly recommend this place.
Los Otras is a beautiful home within a fantastic botanical garden close to beaches in a secluded setting. Everything we expected and more. If you are looking for a quiet, private setting with stunning views this is the place on the Azuero Pennisula. If you are a surfer, the break at Playa Venao is worth the trip with consistent left and right break. Off shore fishing was fantastic and very affordable. Be prepared to eat lots of fresh fish. The caretaker (Chichi) is a wonderful source of information and provided concierge service beyond our expectations. Owners provided detailed house and travel information prior to our departure, clearly with the intent to make our first visit to Panama enjoyable - which it was.
A great place to stay, walk the beach, visit a different region of Panama, experience hilly landscapes and large mangroves, try birdwatching and surfing, live outdoors and enjoy hamac naps. All this to say, I had a wonderful stay. Go for it!
I really recommend this property. I stayed there fo three days in august 2010. This is a peaceful place and the Ocean view is incredible.
The description correspond to the reality of what you will find there. I really like the feeling of space, nature and vacation! I made a fishing trip and that was really interesting because I saw turtles and wales, a lot!
I will go back there with my family, any time.
Restaurants in el Ciruelo (3 km), Venado (8 km) and Pedasi (22 km).
Horseback riding and Whale watching.
Besides enjoying the famous surf beach of Playa Venado (8 km), you can spend a day at the natural reserve of Isla Iguana, a coralline island with reefs in excellent conditions, or visit the turtle conservation center in Isla Cana. For the adventurous one, you can watch turtles digging their nest if you stay on the beach of Oria or Cana during the night.
You can also enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the Province of Los Santos. We love: Corpus Cristi in Los Santos (June), the Festival nacional de la Pollera (Las Tablas July) and the Festival de la Mejorana (Guarare, September). Santa Catalina, Pedasi’s saint patrons’ day, in November features ox carriage parade in traditional dresses while March hosts the Festival del Valle de Tonosi. Around New Year there will be numerous dances and folkloric activities in the nearby villages.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
50% when reservation is confirmed and 50% when the travelers arrive