Rancho de Caldera is an extraordinary, solar powered eco-resort located in the Boquete district, in the mountains of Chiriqui province, Panama, near the border to Costa Rica. Despite the fact that the resort is completely off the grid (using a combination of hydro-electric power, wind power and solar power), the 9 comfortable, terraced bungalow suites boast such amenities as air conditioning, wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, satellite TV and small kitchenettes.
Rancho de Caldera is an environmentally friendly boutique resort catering to those who want an extraordinary, healthy getaway. Soak in the beautiful vistas from your comfortable, spacious suite, relax in the solar powered pool, enjoy a ride on one of our 8 horses - or visit the nearby Caldera hot springs. And savor the sumptuous food at Madre Tierra, Rancho de Caldera's onsite Boquete area restaurant, where the focus is on sustainability and buying fresh, local ingredients. Please explore our website to learn more about the rooms, our off-the grid electric system, the facilities, activities, prices and philosophy at Rancho de Caldera.
You can choose from 9 standard and deluxe rooms at Rancho de Caldera, with 2 additional, smaller discount rooms. The standard and deluxe rooms all have a 20' wall of glass facing east, ideal for viewing the sunrise from the comfort of your huge, comfortable bed. Other amenities include a microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, TV, A/C, free wireless Internet, and iPod docking station. Rooms all have large, walk-out, covered porches - ideal for drinking coffee and watching the clouds drift in and out, bird-watching, enjoying a siesta, reading a book, or watching the horses romp in the fields.
- King Bed, 2 Queen Beds or Queen Bed
- Massage Chair
- Full Kitchen
- Dining for 6
- Sofa Set
- Multiple Head Shower
- Large Shower/Bathtub
- Large Walk-in Double Shower
- Free Internet (WiFi)
- 20' Wall of Glass
- Large Covered Porch
- Coffee Maker
- Hair Dryer
- Satellite TV
- DVD Player
- Air Conditioning
- iPod Docking Stereo
- Shared Bathroom/Kitchenette.
Note: Depending on chosen room/suite.
Nearby attractions and activities:
There are a variety of enjoyable activities here at Rancho de Caldera including horseback riding, hiking, birding, cloud watching (yes, you read that correctly), lounging by the pool, swimming, massages, and experiencing the creative international cuisine at our restaurant, Madre Tierra. If you'd like to get out and explore Chiriqui, try these Boquete area activities.
Horse Back Riding
There are 8 horses at Rancho de Caldera, all of which are ready and willing to take guests to the local hot springs, the petroglyphs or just on a tour of the area. For experienced equestrians, weekly horse "rentals" are available. For more information, please contact us.
At Rancho de Caldera there are many, many types of birds for the bird-watching enthusiast; the type and variety are somewhat different than those in Boquete due to the lower elevation. Binoculars are a must for serious bird watchers!
Sombra and Nita (our two yellow labs) are available to guide guests to the waterfall or the property high point, where the views are even more spectacular (only because the views are 360 degrees, rather than the 320 degree views at the pool area). No charge for the guided tours with the dogs, though they wouldn't turn down a little snack...
Guests can arrange for onsite massages in advance. A couple of excellent, trained massage therapists live close by and provide massages in the cabins, or out on the porches.
"Activities" would not be complete without a few words on "cloud watching". The views change constantly here, especially in the rainy season; clouds move in and out, up and down, fill the skies with rain and/or completely hide the mountains and Rancho de Caldera. At sunrise and sunset, the clouds turn many shades of orange and pink. We highly recommend sitting on the porch and watching the weather - it is a glorious way to spend a few hours!
Rancho de Caldera is a unique eco-resort located 25 minutes from downtown Boquete, Panama. Experience a Panama vacation like no other!
Madre Tierra is a refreshing change from the ordinary. Creative drinks, unique ingredients, and evening prix-fix menu. The most interesting dining experience in Chiriqui!
Engage in a variety of fun activities or relax and enjoy your visit!
- Horseback Riding
- In Room Massage
Solar, hydro-electric and wind power are just the beginning of our long term goal toward complete self-sufficiency at Rancho de Caldera.
10 minutes to Caldera Hot Springs.
25 minutes to Boquete (nearest town, district capital)
45 minutes from David (provincial capital, nearest regional airport).
- Space limitations do not allow us to include all of the important information and policies here. Below is an excerpt.
- For complete information and policies please contact us.
- It is very important that your passport be valid for at least 3 months after your departure date or you may be denied boarding at the airport.
Reservations will be confirmed with a one night deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due on check-out. Rancho de Caldera accepts cash, Master Card, VISA and American Express; no checks. The room rate is non-refundable, in accordance with the cancellation policy outlined below.
Check In and Check Out:
Check in is between 2 and 6 pm. Check out time is 11 am. If you do not check out, we will charge an additional night. Early check-in or late check-out are available on request, space permitting.
High Season (November 1 - April 30): No penalty for cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the arrival date. For cancellations made 15 - 30 days in advance, we'll charge 50% of the room charge to the credit card at the time of cancellation and will hold a 100% credit toward a future visit for you (good for 1 year from the cancellation date).
For cancellations made less than 15 days in advance, we'll charge 100% of the room charge to the credit card at the time of cancellation and will hold a 75% credit toward a future visit for you (good for 1 year from the cancellation date). Rancho de Caldera is not responsible for cancellations or delays due to weather or transportation problems; travel insurance is strongly recommended. Guests are responsible for all nights booked. No shows for any reason will be charged the full amount, and will not receive credit for future visits.
Green Season (May 1 - October 31):
No penalty for cancellations made 15 days or more in advance of the arrival date. For cancellations made 8 - 14 days in advance, we'll charge 50% of the room charge to the credit card at the time of cancellation and will hold a 100% credit toward a future visit for you (good for 1 year from the cancellation date).
For cancellations made less than 8 days in advance, we'll charge 100% of the room charge to the credit card at the time of cancellation and will hold a 75% credit toward a future visit for you (good for 1 year from the cancellation date). Rancho de Caldera is not responsible for cancellations or delays due to weather or transportation problems; travel insurance is strongly recommended. Guests are responsible for all nights booked. No shows for any reason will be charged the full amount, and will not receive credit for future visits.
Reception: Reception hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.
Minimum Stay: 2 nights.
Our rates are subject to change without notice. Additional guests: $35 per night, with a maximum of 3 to a room. In addition to the daily rate, a 10% tax on the room and a 5% tax on food and services must be added to the bill.
Discounts must be discussed at the time of booking, and not on arrival.
For deposits and advance payments, guests may pay by credit card via the website or make a direct deposit to our Panamanean bank account (contact us for details). Room payments, restaurant charges, horseback riding and incidentals at check out can be made with cash, American Express, Visa or MasterCard.
Rancho de Caldera is a smoke free environment; there is no smoking in or around the restaurant, or in the rooms. We have spacious covered balconies outside the room for smokers. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly and safely.
If you are renting a car, please notify us so we can give you the code for the gate.
At the present time, the following items are provided in the rooms so that guests may prepare their own breakfast whenever they choose: English muffins, jams, butter, coffee, milk, flavored yogurt, bananas, apples and pineapple.
Lunch and dinner are not included in the room rates. The restaurant, Madre Tierra, is open for lunch and dinner, Thursday through Monday in the Green season and every day in the High season. Lunch is served from 12 PM – 2 PM and dinner is served at 6:30 PM.
Please see our website for information on current specials, long stay discounts, packages.
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.
High Season Special: Enjoy a discount of 25% off the rack rates November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 for stays of 3 days or longer. This applies to all rooms except the discount rooms.
Green Season Special: Enjoy a discount of 20% off the rack rates May 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011 for stays of 3 days or longer. This applies to all rooms except the discount rooms.
Discounts for Chiriqui residents: 50% off of rack rates, based on availability; only available within 5 days of desired arrival date. This applies to all rooms except the discount rooms.
Jubliado; Jubliado discounts for Panamanean residents are honored.
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