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Finca la Suiza


Finca la Suiza has been selected by Darn Good Digs as one of the best locally-owned hotels for budget-minded travelers!

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Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice

Finca la Suiza, Hornito, Panama
Nominated By: Allison and Michael, Brooklyn, NY, February '08


Price Range: US$45-$58 # of Rooms: 3 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Finca la Suiza so Darn Good? Finca la Suiza is located in the beautiful Chiriqui Highlands of Panama. We loved the walking trails through the rainforest and the delicious communal meals. If you are a birder, this is the place for you!

Location: Finca la Suiza is located just about in the middle of nowhere, about 40 kms up the road from the Pan American Highway on your way to the very cool Bocas del Toro Archipelago. You can’t see Finca la Suiza from the bottom of the 1 km driveway so, except for the sign, you wouldn’t even know it is there.

Rooms: Finca la Suiza has three rooms, all connected in the front by a big porch where you can sit and take in the view of the gorgeous green mountains. The rooms are big, airy, and decorated with simple, tasteful furnishings.

Food: The owners, Herbert and Monika, serve up delightful breakfasts and dinners in their big dining room. The food is super fresh and many of the fruits and vegetables come right from the organic garden. The communal meals were memorable for the great wine and friendly conversation.

Vibe: Finca la Suiza is paradise for nature lovers. The owners have created several well-marked trails throughout their property, including a three hour circuit through virgin cloudforest. All trails begin right at the house. We spent a morning hiking the trails, and saw waterfalls, spectacular overlooks, and birds galore! The owners were very friendly and even bandaged Michael up after he slipped on some rocks while exploring a waterfall.

Things to Keep in Mind: It is a 1 km long walk up the driveway to get to the house. No children below the age of 12 are allowed on the trails. In addition, be sure to let Herbert or Monika know if you're arriving late at night or if you plan to go for an early hike because they let their guard dogs out at night.

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Our Finca la Suiza Online Bibliography

We spend hours and hours researching each new nomination before we decide to post a review on darngooddigs.com. For those hotels that we call Darn Good Digs (our editors' choices), we post a bibliography of our online resources.


"Sail Gemini: The SW Caribbean: Panama Land Trips" - 2005 journal with photos and text about Finca la Suiza

"Focus Panama: Chiriqui" - article about Chiriqui Highlands and Finca la Suiza


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