La Montana y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn

Jim and I went to La Montana y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn for our 20th wedding anniversary at the end of July and beginning of August.  We had a wonderful time staying with Jane and Barry.  They took great care of us and helped us to find all of Boquete’s hidden gems.  We thought it would be a good idea to create a video of our stay with them for our guests to consider adding on a stay in Boquete to one of their Panama vacations.  Take a look for yourselves.

Honeymoon Destination Four Weddings

Tranquilo Bay prepared a special honeymoon adventure escape itinerary for the winning bride and groom on TLC’s Four Weddings for their episode Four Weddings and a Wax Museum. This itinerary includes seven-nights at Tranquilo Bay with a different adventure or romantic escape each day. This itinerary gives a honeymooning couple the best of two worlds, action and respite. One night during their stay the honeymooners will have a private candle-lit dinner outside on the porch of the main building.

For more information about this particular itinerary – see here:

If you are ready to book your honeymoon at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, contact us so we can help you.

Looking for a cook/chef

We are looking for a chef/cook.  We are looking for someone, preferably a Panamanian woman, to begin working with us as soon as possible so that we can do the training during our low season.


This position is responsible for managing the kitchen and meals in their entirety. Menu planning is not the chef’s responsibility; however someone with the right experience may have this responsibility. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to 20 in the dining room and up to 8 staff each day. Our hotel is secluded – access to other islands is limited. Approximately 8 other staff members live on site in the staff dormitory. Our boat goes to town twice weekly for supplies, etc. Due to our secluded location and since our staff is housed on the premises, the environment is very much like being on a ship. It is vital that our chef is secure, friendly and teamwork oriented. It is key that our employees get along with others well, both guests and staff. We need an person who is healthy and highly dependable. English is not necessary (we have this job description in Spanish if you need it). We prefer a Panamanian for this position. This position calls for an individual who is professional and presentable. The chef position is a challenging yet rewarding one. Split shifts combined with the limited vacation schedule require a self-starter who is dedicated and remains focused on the job. Because of our location, it is very difficult to replace any of our crew. We do expect a commitment from our employees to stay at least a year. It is important that our applicants understand the operation and what responsibilities will be required of them. Under normal circumstances, our staff works a six or seven-day week for five weeks with a week off at the end of the five-week period. This schedule is dependent upon guest reservations. It is possible during high season that the leave week be delayed due to guests on site.

We do not allow “partying” or dating within the staff living on site. We require that all staff abide by posted rules and regulations.

Under normal circumstances there is a second person in the kitchen to help this person with meals and an extra person to assist with dish washing, etc. following each meal. We need a person who is ready to work and does not have specific lines set about what is and is not a part of the job. This position is a great one for someone who thinks they are ready to have their own restaurant but do not yet have the funding to do so. This position allows someone to save money as it is impossible to spend money here. We do not need someone with experience. We will manage the responsibility level based upon the applicants and the ultimate hire.


The salary will be between $800 and $1200 a month and is completely dependent upon the applicant’s experience, etc.  We pay transportation costs to and from this person’s home at the end of the five-week period by bus. After a three-month temporary period, we pay all social security and other governmental requirements. The person who fills this position will live on site. On site all meals are provided. Personal expenses are limited to mobile phone and personal toiletries. We do have internet and phone access which are available to this person during their off hours until 10:00 pm each night.

If you know of anyone who might fit this position, please have them contact me at info @ tranquilobay .com. Thanks.

New Canopy Wildlife Observation Tower

Bocas Canopy Tower

Our canopy wildlife observation tower is complete and in service.  We built the tower to fulfill the needs of our birding and wildlife enthusiasts who desired access to the most exciting and vibrant part of the forest, the canopy.  It is here where birds openly feed on fruits and seeds, monkeys forage in treetops, iguanas seek energy from the sun, sloths laze within the trees, and constrictors search for their next meal.  The biodiversity at Tranquilo Bay is incredible, but there is only so much that can be seen from the ground.  The tower gives you a vantage point of the canopy that is just not possible from below.  There is a completely different world once one emerges from the canopy with so much to explore, we hope guests will enjoy the view.

Learn more about it here:


Navigation improvements

Panama Eco Lodge

We completed an upgrade on the website over the weekend.  The look and feel remain basically the same, but we had a few comments that improved navigation would be helpful for prospective guests navigating around the site and we thought it was a fair request so we spent the time to change things around a bit.  These improvements also make it easier to browse the site from your mobile devices.  We hope everyone likes the changes.  We are also working on adding many more of our staff’s great photos to the site in the near future.  If you have a chance to spend some time on the site, please let us know what you think.