Luxury rainforest eco-lodge, off-grid sustainability and a chocolate farm … where do we sign up?! The La Loma Jungle Lodge and Farm offers a unique rainforest vacation experience in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Located inside the Isla Bastimentos jungle and only accessible by boat, the 55-acre property is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime accommodation.
The La Loma Jungle Lodge property is known for its private hiking trails, natural rock pools, private artisanal bungalows and unique Central American wildlife; however, eco-conscious travelers will undoubtedly be mostly interested in its on-site permaculture farm. Apart from chocolate, the farm produces a varied list of fresh fruits and vegetables to accommodate the property’s gourmet farm-to-table restaurant.
Rates start between $299 and $499 for parties of two depending on the season, but the price includes a private, open-air cabin, three daily meals, farm tours, access to all of the property amenities including kayaks or other ocean sport equipment and round-trip transportation by private boat. Toiletries are all organic, biodegradable and zero-waste, while the en suite shower uses purified rainwater collected on-site. The rooms feature handcrafted furnishings, many of which are made with locally harvested hardwood, as well as mosquito nets and hammocks to enjoy the open-air space.
The eco-lodge borders Panama’s Parque Nacional Isla Bastimentos, so there is plenty of unique wildlife attracted to the property. The 13,000-hectare national marine park is a popular spot for snorkeling and is home to many of the area’s endangered sea turtles.
According to the company, its commitment to working with the local Bahía Honda community extends well beyond providing fair wages and contributing charitable donations. Over the past decade, La Loma Jungle Lodge has collaborated with a variety of community development projects providing education, environmental awareness, health, income generation programs and more to help empower the local people. For example, in 2011, The Lodges Community work partnered with the nonprofit organization Education is Power in order to fundraise for educational programs in the local area.
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