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bsweettours wrote a review Mar 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States137 contributions53 helpful votes
If you visit Burbayer Lodge be ready for a remote, off-the- grid experience. This is a very basic property, no wifi, no hot water, lizzards in the rooms kind of experience. My room was so dimly lit I need the door open to see well. I fault the property for not even having a over-the-bed reading light. Questioning that omission I was told it had "rusted out". Getting there is along a very rough (paved with abundant pot holes), winding road. The driveway into the property takes an all wheel drive vehicle. The provided food was basic but tasty and adequate. The redeeming quality of the place is the birding and the provided guide. If you visit for that reason you will likely not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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murphymurphy wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada40 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed for 2 nights. The couple who hosted us were so lovely and kind. We went birdwatching with our guide Rich Cahill, who was so interesting and fun. He grew up in Panama and English is his first language, so it made everything easy. We went birdwatching 2-3x/day, and saw a ton of different birds. Toucans, laughing falcon, rufous motmot, parrots, about 10 different types of hummingbirds, and so many more! The meals were delicious. The room was basic and lovely. Beautiful flowers and trees. Good shower. I loved our jungle trek.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sean o wrote a review Oct 2019
Deep River, Connecticut7 contributions
A friend and I stayed at Burbayar for 6 nights. I wish it was longer. The staff really took care of us whether it was making us delicious meals or showing us birds they went above and beyond. I will go back. Great, great birding day and night. Beautiful scenery. Just a good time. Sean
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chambs wrote a review Mar 2019
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Any reviews written prior to 2019 should be ignored, it is completely changed. The lodge in now operated by Ancon Expeditions. They have refurbished or newly built all the cabins. All cabins are now stuccoed with synthetic tile roofs and lovely screened shutters to open or close, depending on how much of the world you want to see. They are hooked up to electricity, so no noisy generators, just the most marvelous peaceful quiet, only interrupted by bird or monkey calls. The grounds around the lodge are beautiful. You are high up in the rain forest and surrounded by glorious, bird-attracting trees. The full-time caretaker, Tonio is wonderful and makes sure everything is perfect. The food is delicious, local Panamanian fare. In short, Burbayar is a wonderful lodge for peace, quiet and being in nature. Several great hikes or bird walks from the lodge or just sit and enjoy nature from patio and veranada of main lodge building. The photos of Burbayar on the website do it more justice than our words
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ignacior441, Guest Relations Manager at Burbayar Lodge
Responded 10 Mar 2019
Thank you for taking the time to share your Burbayar experience. We are very happy to know your stay at our lodge met your expectations.
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Marco G wrote a review Feb 2019
Panama City, Panama14 contributions
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Burbayar Lodge reopened last month after almost 4 years being closed to visitors. The new management revamped the old facilites. The cabins are quite comfortable. They come with a full bed and a twin bed (perfect for the 3 of us), a ceiling fan (not needed for sleeping as it gets comfortably cool at night), a very good shower head (no hot water). The cabins are well kept. The food is served family style and I must say it was among the best tasted in Panama and well balanced. The experience altogether was amazing. Our main interest was the birds and we got much more than expected. Tanagers, hummingbirds, raptors like the Plumbeous hawk and the Sapayoa were the highlights. The flowers, orchids in particular and the wide variety of frogs (night outings) were spectacular. We also saw a troop of howler monkeys. Burbayar is only 90 minutes away from Panama City (60 minutes from the international airport). We stayed 2 nights. Should have stayed 4 nights. Next time!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from ignacior441, Guest Relations Manager at Burbayar Lodge
Responded 10 Feb 2019
Thank you for the feedback. We are happy to know you enjoyed your stay at Burbayar Lodge. And we heard you listed over 80 species of birds in just 2 days. That’s awesome. You are welcome to return any time to keep adding species to your Burbayar and world birds’ lists.
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Richard L wrote a review Feb 2019
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Burbayar Lodge is open again. We were very pleased to able to spend 4 nights at Burbayar. It has been renovated and been very well done. The cabins are very comfortable with great screens on the windows. The views are wonderful. It is possible to see a lot of wildlife right at the lodge and the trails close by are filled with birds, frogs and other wonders. The people were all very helpful and accommodating. It is a place of simple fare and not in the luxurious category. The food is well prepared and more than satisfied our needs. MIrna, the cook, is very accomplished. The guides that we worked with were very knowledgeable. Although we speak Spanish, any people who speak English can be accommodated. I would highly recommend this as an adventure. This is not a place to be dependent on internet connection.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Cabins toward the top of the hill have better breezes.
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Response from ignacior441, Guest Relations Manager at Burbayar Lodge
Responded 9 Feb 2019
Dear Richard and Lesley, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Burbayar Nature Reserve. You were the first guest at the lodge since it reopened last week. Burbayar Lodge has been completely renovated under new management. You are welcome to come back any time. And internet access is now available!
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Eskivelito wrote a review Apr 2017
Medellin, Colombia232 contributions16 helpful votes
Very cool for photos, bird watching, hummingbirds and nearby san blas islands. Is not hot enviroment. Electricity, Water, and cellphone signal. If you walk you will see a lot of different animals such a Birds, Tucan, Frogs, Turkey, Wild Pigs, Coatis, etc, etc. I recommend this place
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ignacior441, Guest Relations Manager at Burbayar Lodge
Responded 9 Feb 2019
Thank you for the review. You are welcome to come back and stay at the new cabins in Burbayar Nature Reserve
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Roger V wrote a review Apr 2015
Leuven, Belgium95 contributions54 helpful votes
I was a little bit anxious when I read some of the reviews, but since we love nature and don't need a luxury place to stay, we said "yes!" to this adventure. And I must say that we didn't regret any minute of it! If you need luxury, don't stay here but of course you will miss the experience of a lifetime! We drove with our own 4WD and were picked up at the airport by Ignaqui, the owner and José, our personal guide. We followed them with our car to the lodge. Since there is no beer, wine, coca cola, ... in the lodge you best stop in Margarite, a small village near to Chepo to buy some drinks. Some kilometers later there is a junction to the left which brings you in Guna Yala territory. After a drive of about 15km you find the lodge at your left side. It is located in the middle of the rainforest. The lodge has only electricity from a generator, which runs from 6pm till 10pm, but there is a refrigerator, working on gas in the lodge. So, no worry... having a cool beer is no problem. We were sleeping in the cabin on top of the hill, ... a real recommendation. Sitting here in the late afternoon and watching the evening fall, with only jungle sounds around you is the ultimate experience. Meals, juices and coffee are included in the price and they are of good quality. But you don't come here to have a culinary adventure, but to enjoy nature and wildlife. Our interest goes to dart frogs and glass frogs and our guide José knew exactly where to find them. We hiked on several occasions in the forest on the different trails by day and by night and we discovered a lot of wildlife. The most interesting discovery was the Atelopus limosus, a frog with status "critically endangered". And of course we saw a lot of different birds, all kind of glass frogs, some Dendrobates auratus, Ranitomeya's, spiders, scorpions, ... We also were able to visit a Guna Yala indian family; the only problem is the language. Their English was very limited, but we used our hands to express ourselves. Since we had a car available we also made a day trip to Bayano lake and further to Torti. If you do this make sure not to forget your passport, since there are some checkpoints on the Panamericana. The days and nights at Burbayar are moments we will never forget and on our next trip to Panama we will certainly stay again in this fantastic place!
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 9 Feb 2019
Thank you for the review. You will be happy to hear that Burbayar Lodge has 24 hour electricty now so beer (available at the lodge) is now colder than ever. The trails are still teeming with wildlife as you experienced 4 years ago. Come back!
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MRCONNOLLY wrote a review Dec 2014
Tegucigalpa, Honduras34 contributions27 helpful votes
this is a dream family vacation place, for birding and wildlife. fine food and great guides with great paths to explore and up to 90 bird species in two days of hiking. come prepared and be ready for an adventure you will never forget
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Responded 9 Feb 2019
Thank you for your review. Burbayar Lodge is under new management as of 2019. The accommodations are better than ever and so is the experience in the surrounding trails. What hasn’t changed is the good service, the savory home-made food and the magical feeling of being surrounded by spectacular rainforest. Come back any time.
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APMontreal wrote a review Jan 2013
Montreal, Canada21 contributions19 helpful votes
What nobody tells you about Burbayar Lodge is that you are essentially sleeping in an open air shed fit only for animals. In fact every animal that can creep, crawl, and fly will be found in your shed, as it is open to the outside environment all around the "so-called walls", and along the ceiling as well. We were never prepared in advanced for this experience in our tour literature, and were we extrememly apalled at the terrible living conditions we had to endure for 4 days and 3 nights. The wind blows through the openings between the slats of the walls (the "walls" of the shed are essentially slats like those which make up a fence, with an inch of spacing in between them), carrying dust, leaves and all manner of debris into your room, covering your bed, clothes, and floors. We had frogs on our walls, cockaroaches and katydids and spiders on our floors, bats flew around our heads in our shed while we tried to sleep at night, moths the size of of my fist were fluttering about and a dead one remained in our shower drain the whole time we were there. I was too freaked out to touch it to get it out. While showering, a gecko dropped onto my son, and a second gecko skittered across the shower wall. Lizards also skittered around inside our shed. Twice a hummingbird came buzziing into our room, flittering all about looking for a way out, which was not hard to find with all the openings in the shed. Do not romantisize this kind of experience; it was not charming in any way. There was no single moment when we felt calm and at peace in this environment. The weather there is very hot and very humid, and at night the wind blows cold through the slats of your shed walls, so the moisture on your body gives you a real chill. We awoke to stiff necks and stiff upper backs---partly from the chill wet weather, and partly from the unforgiving mattresses layed over wooden slats on our beds. It was very painful to spend the days with our stiff necks and backs, trying to crane our necks up to search for birds with our binoculars. Even three extra strength Ibuprophen tablets, every 6 hours, did not help. We slept only one hour the first night and only a few hours the nights after that. When they say there is no electricity, they mean it. In Panama, the sun sets in the blink of an eye around 6:30 pm and you have to walk with a head lamp. The way is not lighted to your shed. It is literally pitch black. They put on a very loud and noisy generator for 3 hours during which time you have a single exposed bulb in your shed giving off such paltry light that you have to wear your headlamps to shower and dress. The showers only have cold, cold water, so you have to shower fast. Anyone can see you in your shed, as there is no real privacy and therefore no real "down time" to relax and chill out and be alone for a little while. You can hear everything everybody is saying and doing in the neighboring sheds. So everything I have described involves the sheds you will be staying in (don 't think for a second that they are real lodges, or bunglalows, as I have stayed in logdes and bunglaows in Kenya, Dominica, and Torturguero in Costa Rica and those seem like 5 star hotels in comparison). The people who work at Burybayar are hard working and they made us good meals everynight. The trails are really jungle trails, and hot and humid (as expected) and sometimes quite challenging to traverse over mud and through streams. For all of that, we only saw a few birds at a time during our 3-4 hour hikes. They were uncommon birds, but not really worth all the effort it took to see them for us. And we had already seen many of them along the Pipeline Road earlier in the week. We were lucky enough to see a mixed flock after an hour of hiking up what I call the "Roller Coaster Road", which is the road that takes you to Burbayar Lodge, and that was at least gratifying. I will say that I unequiviacally will never, ever stay at this lodge or any place like it again, and feel that the tour brochure and the reviews on Trip Advisor never gave a clear picture of what life at Burbayar Lodge is really like. For some of us who love the wilderness, take many nature trips,and can hike outdoors for hours, this "lodge" is too much to bear. Even my 19 year old son, who is studying Wildlife Management, and is an outdoorsman found it unsettling and creepy and uncomfoprtable, and in no way a place we would ever visit again. But that is because the accomodations were unfit for humans. If we had slept in tents we would have at least had a barrier to the outside world, with some real protection from everything creeping and crawling and flittering around our heads all night long. Even sleeping pills could not induce us to relax and sleep. On a good note, the guide we had was knowledgeable and patient, the food was well prepared and tasty, and the people were kind, if not particularly friendly. Decide for yourselves if this is the kind of place that you think you can endure----you may be alot heartier than we are---but at least know what it is really like so that you can decide ahead of time if it is for you, and not be surprised once you get there (and realize it is too hard to bear) and there is no way out! Good luck!!!!
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There are no good rooms. HOwever, if you want it quieter during the day, get a shed far from the...
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Responded 9 Feb 2019
We are happy to let you know that Burbayar is under new management and the lodge reopened last month. A lot has changed since you visited. New cabins with very comfortable beds and showers (no hot water). What hasn’t changed are the home-made, hearty and tasty, the hosts and the Naturalist guides. The grounds and surrounding trails are teeming with birds and wildlife in general. Sincerely,
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