It is basically in the middle of the jungle but close to the main road. The room is very comfortable, the employees very useful and wiling to help. Very clean, no restaurant, hot water, no a/c, tv or wifi. Perfect if you want to get in contact with the nature with facilities.
The expats running the Cabañas are indeed friendly, even though they try to sell you some jungle excursions every day. At a price of 50$ for a room, one would expect a quality far superior than what is given. Mattresses are outdated. Double bed is very small. Towels are tiny. And the location of the hammock is right at the entrance of the room making it an either / or between getting in and out of the room or using the hammock. An update of the bedding is a priority if they want to keep that level of price. Otherwise it’s a 25$ room at most. (That’s what I’ve paid for similar lodging that included fountain water and coffee, with A/C here in panama).
We stumbled across Casita Rio Indio by mistake when looking for hostels in the area and are so lucky that we did! This became one of our favourite places in the whole of Central America. Casita Rio Indio is ran by three fantastic french hosts and consists of 4 cabanas right next to the jungle. It was easy to access via public transport - we took 2 different buses from panama city which took about 3 hours. The location is stunning - a river runs through the land and the jungle is on your doorstep, with howler monkeys, hummingbirds and toucans all around. My boyfriend, a friend and I stayed in the two "old" cabanas, which were basic but comfortable and clean and consisted of a bed with mosquito net, fan, detached bathroom and a basic outside kitchen. There are also more expensive cabanas which are bigger and more bug proof, but we thought ours were perfect. We stayed 3 nights and did the jungle tour and night cayman tour with Pascal and Sebastian, which were both fantastic experiences! We saw lots of wildlife and Pascal and Sebastian were fantastic, knowledgeable guides. My partner also did a fishing trip with Pascal and caught us lots of delicious fish to eat one evening. The rest of the time we spent relaxing to the sound of the jungle in the hammocks, though Portobello is only a bus ride away. There is only a very basic shop nearby so I strongly advise to take any food you might want with you. Alternatively you can pay about $4 and $12 for delicious breakfast and dinner. Unbelievably beautiful location and fab hosts! A must-do in Panama.…
Stopped by to see old friends who started this casita in the jungle many years ago. They have done a fantastic job..it is more beautiful than ever!! Great place to hear the silence... Barbara and Rick
We stayed for three nights at Casita Rio Indio and were so sad when our stay there ended. We even tried to get our rental car for an extra day so that we could stay longer! If you're looking for a relaxing escape or an exciting jungle get away, this is the place. We stayed in two other hotels while in Panama--Radisson Summit and Toscana Inn--and neither were on the same level as the bungalows. We had breakfasts and dinners at the bungalows for a reasonable price. The dinners we had here ended up being the best food we had in Panama! Super cheap, too. And it was fun to hang out with our hosts and drink a couple beers. The hosts offer various outings: searching for caimans (day or night trips), treks through the jungle to gorgeous locations, horseback riding, and a few other things. We went horseback riding and they set us up with a guide a mile or so away. We drove to that location and went on an amazing ride. Our jungle trek was amazing! Pascal was our guide and he was always looking for new creatures to show us. We spotted two fer-de-lance's on our hike! We also went searching for caimans at night. Pascal and Sebastien were our guides and tried to catch a meter long caiman for us. My partner even got to hold a baby one. There was an amazing beach near the bungalows that our hosts told us about--Turtle Cay. Definitely worth checking out. We stayed in the yellow bungalow with a private bathroom. They offered towels and a fan. The bugs stayed out pretty well, too. If you're visiting Portobelo or Panama, it's definitely worth it to stay here. I found Portobelo to be a very quick visit, but could spend days at the bungalows!…
We stayed there for two nights and it was almost not necessary to leave and go anywhere else. The property is very quiet and when there is no one around you can hear the sounds of the jungle or spot all sorts of wildlife. We woke up to the beautiful song of a bird and during the night, the crickets just coo you with their Hemi-sync melodies. Rooms are cool and the kitchen is furnished. PS: It would be nice if you didn't steal the pots :)
The hosts, Seba & Annick are great hosts, along with Pascale. We stayed in the older cabins which were fine but they have built 2 new cabins which are beautiful. We had a good breakfast and an amazing dinner prepared by Annick who is practiced in French cuisine. Yummy! We went on a Caiman hunt and saw large and small Caimans. Thank you for the great stay :)
It is much better than whatever you can find in this area. The complete bathroom with hot water was a very nice surprise. Don't go to sleep late because the jungle wakes up soon. But then, the morning is magic.
We only spent one night there and regretted we had not booked for more time. It is such a peaceful and beautiful place, great transition for us between a cruise ship and a week in the bustling Panama City. We had no trouble finding it, simply gave the bus driver a piece of paper with the name and address when we boarded in Portobelo. The owners are great, they had no meals available due go an injury but drove us to a great restaurant in the next town.
we had a very nice experience staying at the camping in casita del rio indio, at seba and annick's place! a very good place where you are in the nature, seeing many animals and enjoying the quietness and the shadow in the camping (and its kitchen!). good access by bus, nice vibes, a lot of respect of the people and the environment. thanks a lot for the experience!