They also reuse gray water from showers and sinks in the garden, to ensure that all of their water is used carefully.
‘Canopy Lodge is nestled within an incredible forest, with an inviting climate that feels like spring all year-round. Relax in the natural swimming pool or read a book on the veranda to the sound of birdsong.’
- A veranda with a surrounding stream
- A natural swimming pool
- A signature trail & waterfall hike
- A vegetarian-friendly menu
- World-class, bilingual guides
- Birdwatching and nature tours
- A plastic-free commitment
- ‘Pack for Purpose’ initiative
- Just 2 hours from Panama City
- Children 13+ welcome
- Check-in: 12:00pm onwards
Minimum stay: 1 night
Equivalent price per night: From $260-$300 USD (season dependent)
El Valle de Antón is nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano and is home to hundreds of species of birds, so birding and nature tours are the activities this lodge is famous for. Nearby places to visit include:
- Museo Padre José Noto, 5 min drive (2km)
- India Dormida hike, 5 min drive (2km)
- Butterfly Haven, 8 min (3km)
- Panama City, 2h 13 min drive (130km)
- Laguna de San Carlos, 49 min drive (19km)
Canopy Lodge is in El Valle de Antón, a mountain valley town in the Coclé Province, just two hours from Panama City. It is a quiet and slow-paced town, surrounded by misty mountains and lush cloud forest.
- Distance from airport: Tocumen International Airport, 2h 33 min drive (150km)
- Key attraction: Chorro El Macho, 7 min walk (500m)
- Nearby restaurant: Casa de Loudres, 13 min drive (5km)
As part of what we do here at Kiwano we advise hotels that don’t meet the criteria on how they can reach the renowned Kiwano seal of approval, sharing knowledge; working tirelessly to get more hotels inspired to join the green movement.
ArchitectureThe wooden floor of Canopy lodge's library has been upcycled: materials salvaged from the old Panama Railroad ties made from Manikara Zapota Sapodilla, a native evergreen tree.
WaterThe lodge works to reduce water consumption where possible. The toilets at the lodge only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush which is a significant reduction compared to the 5 gallons used by typical toilets...
EnergyLightbulbs at the lodge are energy-saving compact fluorescents that save over 80% of the energy that conventional bulbs use. ACs (air conditioning) are known to have a negative impact on the environment...Read More >>
so they are not used at the lodge.
Engage GuestsGuests at the lodge are informed of the efforts taken to conserve water and energy, and are encouraged to take part during their stay. Linens and towels are changed only when necessary...Read More >>
and to avoid the single-use plastic bottles reusable bottles are sold at the lodge. The lodge hopes that guests will return hone and apply some of the principles in their daily lives.
WasteThe reduction of plastics is a major commitment at Canopy Lodge. Guests are encouraged to refill water bottles rather than use plastic. Food waste is composted and reused in the garden...Read More >>
so that as little as possible goes to waste. Soap and shampoos offered to guests are provided in reusable dispensers, as opposed to plastic bottles that will be thrown away after use. The lodge buys food supplies in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging, especially plastic. Any waste that is produced by the lodge is dealt with responsibly, so aluminium cans, plastic bottles and Tetra Pak products are all collected and sold to a recycler.
FoodAll fruits and vegetables are all bought in bulk from a local market in Panama City. The lodge is working to reduce the miles the food has to travel, and therefore the carbon emissions produced.
ConservationAll of the tours offered to guests at the lodge are designed for nature lovers. They specialize in birding tours, but there are also tours on tropical biodiversity, mammals, plants...Read More >>
butterflies and herpetology. As a result of these tours, the lodge has been able to compile very detailed lists of species over the years that are available to the scientific community for important research. Nature observation is key at Canopy Lodge, big efforts are made to protect the wildlife, so that future guests can enjoy it for the years to come.
HousekeepingTowels and linens are only changed every three days, unless there is a request by the guest for changes to be more frequent. This initiative saves huge amounts of energy that would be used for washing and drying.
Kiwano BonusThe lodge is a proud member of the Pack for a Purpose initiative, which encourages travellers to have a lasting impact on the community by saving space in their suitcase to bring supplies needed...Read More >>
in community projects. This initiative can have a priceless impact on the lives of local children and families.
"Amazing experience in the forests of Panama"
"We have now been twice, once on their "Tamarin Tour" package (birds and mammals), and once on their Herps package (reptiles and amphibians). Wonderful experience both times. Most guests are there for birds only, and we were really pleased they offer these other packages. They did a great job taking care of our dietary needs. We were there right at the start of the rainy season, but the weather was still great."
"Scintillating wildlife watching in comfort"
Canopy Lodge is still an A-grade wildlife destination. El Valle itself is a big tourist town with plenty to do, the rooms are large and airy, it’s cooler than the Tower due to being higher in the mountains, and the food and hospitality are every bit as wonderful. The guides are wonderful; manager Aiden creates a perfect atmosphere and takes care to talk with every guest, understanding and meeting their needs perfectly; and the rest of the staff are equally brilliant.
"A magical place"
A magical place, if you are lovers of nature and birds you will love it.
Liceth, Google Reviews
Wonderfully run jungle lodge, mainly for birders, but others could also have a wonderful relaxed time (or become birders). The accommodation is spacious and well equipped (no air conditioning, but not needed because it cools off nicely at night). The food is home-style comfort food with lots of local products. The service is always with a smile and the staff seem to be very well treated. The highlight, though, is the team of bird guides who are superbly knowledgeable and great people to get along with.
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