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Filo del Tallo Lodge

Darien Jungle, near Meteti 1.5 Miles from mainroad, via Puerto Kimba, Meteti 0542 Panama
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Darien Jungle, near Meteti 1.5 Miles from mainroad, via Puerto Kimba, Meteti 0542 Panama
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schlegal1 wrote a review Jan 2016
Rural Virginian963 contributions233 helpful votes
As noted in another review, you can't book this place online or on Trip Advisor, you must contact the hosts via email and book a package with them. Then for payments you need to plan to wire money to them for a deposit and then either wire final payment or bring cash. We booked four days and loved it. Michel and his wife are excellent hosts and they employ friendly, wonderful staff. They have good relationships with local indigenous people so we were able to visit a Wounaan village and see their way of life and their crafts (this included an opportunity to buy but while that was a bit awkward, there was absolutely no pressure or begging from the women displaying their wares). We visited the province's capital, La Palma, and spent most of that day checking out Spanish fort ruins and seeing some wildlife on the lake. Our other days included nature hikes that were wonderful--full of interesting flora and fauna with an excellent local guide. We saw lots of great wildlife and had fun doing it. The lodge is rustically enchanting. There are traditionally styled round thatched buildings that have comfortable beds with mosquito nets and en suite bathrooms (cold water only) and a porch with table and hammock in the back. We felt quite comfortable in our peaceful room, which is open to the outside so you enjoy the night sounds and air. The main lodge has the dining area and we loved our evenings spent with our hosts and other guests where we enjoyed cocktail time and then a delicious meal. I am vegetarian and they easily accommodated me. Breakfasts were also delicious. You also get the company of loads of hummingbirds, two cute parrots, two dogs and can enjoy the pretty grounds. Michel and Elizabeth take care of you from the moment your journey begins until you bid them farewell. Only Michel speaks English and they are both fluent in French and Spanish. Bring your bug spray and sunscreen and long pants are a must for the hikes. We got kind of either eaten up by bugs or covered with poison ivy while we were there so take care to keep protected.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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L B wrote a review Apr 2015
Dublin, Ireland55 contributions75 helpful votes
We had an amazing trip to the Darien for 4 days and stayed at Filo del Tallo. It was a wonderful place to stay as well as beautiful. The huts were rustic while being luxurious at the same time-just ideal! The combination of excellent meals and hospitality by Michel and his staff made it all the more memorable. We got to go on really interesting hikes through different parts of the rainforest with a local guide Lincon who was very knowledgeable about all the wildlife and plants in the Darien, so we were able to see and learn a lot throughout the trip. We also went on a boat trip through mangroves and to the gulf where we saw dolphins and then through a river in a dug-out canoe which had amazing views of plenty of wildlife. In addition to that, we had the unique experience of visiting villages of two indigenous tribes in the Darien which made the whole adventure complete! Definitely the biggest highlight of our travels around Panama.
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Patricia wrote a review Feb 2015
Rancho Mirage, California125 contributions49 helpful votes
Michel welcomed us to his home in the jungle and treated us like family. The location is ideal with mountain top views, abundance of wildlife and a pristine garden environment. Each meal was delicately prepared and served and a gastronomical delight. The tours and guides he coordinated where fantastic and activities varied between indigenous tribal villages, net fishing, river exploration and kayaking. Dani, his assistant, was attentive and delightful and a wonderful addition to the already spectacular adventure. Memories were made and are treasured...
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Date of stay: December 2014
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Emer58 wrote a review Mar 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions27 helpful votes
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We've enjoyed our total stay in Panamá, but the stay in the Filo del Tallo Lodge and the many things we've experienced in the rain forest made our vacation unforgettable. Everything was perfectly arranged by our host, Michel. We felt like family and were treated not as ordinary guests, but as VIP's. Excellent breakfasts and dinners were served at the lodge, and we ate together with Michel and our guide, Lincon, who was an enthusiastic guide. We've learned about the jungle, about Darién, but also about the history and culture of Panamá in general and Darién in particular. Michel had so much to share with us and we enjoyed his stories. The Lodge itself is simple, of course, but with the basic things you need: A good bed with anti-mosquito net, a shower, a toilet. It was really Paradisely, waking up in the morning on the sound of monkeys who were setting out their territory.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Room Tip: There are only three lodges, we had, if I remember well, lodge number 3, which had one double bed...
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systembenlaget wrote a review Dec 2012
Paris, France5 contributions7 helpful votes
Paradise? maybe it's here. Perfect place, perfect hosts, perfect crew, perfect food.. So peaceful.. Landscape is so beautiful, and Michel has always many things to share, to tell about Darien. Discovering the rainforest with its indians is something so interesting, so unique. Please protect future of such places. Just contact Michel. If u go there, u'll never forget it. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: July 2012
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netway5 wrote a review Sept 2012
Houston, Texas15 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I were visiting our daughter who is in the Peace Corps, serving in the Darien of Panama. She assured us we would never find a decent place to stay near her site. We went through out travel agent and were thrilled that she had contact with an adventure group in Panama who set us up at the Filo del Tallo Lodge. It was a wonderful experience and Michel was a great host who gave us a lot of information about the area, the people, and the culture. We did not get to experience all that his usual guests experience because our main goal was to visit our daughter although we did take a dug out canoe down the river to the Wouhnaan village and spent a day out on the river seeing dolphin and local sights. I am only giving this a 4 star rating because we have actually experienced the very highest level of lodging in Adventure safari travel in Africa and this did not quite hit that level, but is probably the best you are going to get in Panama, and especially in the Darien. In addition, Michel has a true heart for the area and the people. I also know we were there during the low season, and the lodge was not functioning at full capacity. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a ecofriendly but gracious and comfortable exerience in the heart of the Darien.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Cjmj77 wrote a review Dec 2011
Newquay, United Kingdom46 contributions13 helpful votes
Just to let you know and save research time, this is not a hotel. It is a private lodge owned by a Frenchman in the darien province of panama. The only way you can stay here is by booking on one of his tours through Panama Exotic Adventures. We have just done a four day trip with him that can only be described as unique, staying in a Waanoun indian lodge, followed by a couple of nights at the Filo de Tallo. This is not for the faint hearted, or those looking for luxury - hot water and AC are irrelevant and are nowhere to be found. However, this should not put off anyone wanting real adventure and the chance to be at one with both nature and traveling in relatively undiscovered part of the world. Michel, our host, is a true professional and his passion is the Darein and the life within it. Jungle trails, integrating with the idigineous communities, river trips in dug out canoes are just some of the things to look forward to. And of course being French, a good meal is never far away.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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alixmendoza wrote a review Aug 2011
Panama City, Panama15 contributions6 helpful votes
Great place to be one with Nature. Very relaxing in the hammocks from the rooms, overseeing the beautiful view. I would return anytime
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Date of stay: May 2011
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Sebastian G wrote a review Oct 2009
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic4 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at Filo del Tallo in September and it is as close to heaven as you can get...If you want to remember what is really important in life, this is the place to go. You will feel like being among family, they are so friendly and (something you would not expect) food is actually excellent!! This place is like an oasis in the middle of the jungle and yet they offer so many activities. Last but not least, the views from the lodge are just something you will never forget. I would definitely go back and recommend the place to anyone who needs to revive.
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Date of stay: September 2009
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