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New horizons in eco-tourism: Nature lovers discover newly top-rated TripAdvisor eco-vacation hot spot

New horizons in eco-tourism: Nature lovers discover newly top-rated TripAdvisor eco-vacation hot spot ( CLEVELAND, USA & BOQUETE, Panama) – In search of unspoiled tropical getaways, honeymooners, retirees, nature lovers, and soft-adventure travelers increasingly look beyond traditional favorites like Costa Rica.

While the natural splendor of Costa Rica still appeals to many, there are also concerns about the rising cost of living, as well as development and infrastructure issues.

In search of still greener pastures, eco-travelers venture across the border to Panama, which is ”the most beautiful retreat in the world and almost undiscovered,” according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine. 

And Lonely Planet readers rated Panama one of the top 10 countries to visit. National Geographic Traveler reveals the secret in a nutshell:

“A cornucopia of wildlife wonders side by side with fortresses and sleepy colonial villages, Panama is a country just awakening to its vast potential."

Besides eco-travelers, Panama's “vast potential" attracts retirees and green entrepreneurs mostly from Canada, the US, and Europe.

Says one North American retiree who had settled in Costa Rica first and then moved to Boquete, Panama, “Hotel accommodations are 30 percent to 50 percent cheaper than those in Costa Rica; good restaurants similarly economical.”

And Gina Cronin from Ohio was looking for a place to escape harsh winters and an environment supportive of a more self-sustaining life style.

On her first visit to Panama, she fell in love with the spring-like climate and the green hills of Boquete – an area sometimes called “Panamas Sun Valley," favored by Panamanians for vacations, near the Costa Rica border. “I knew right away that I had found my new home,” remembers Cronin.

Today, Cronin - an avid world traveler herself – is a green hospitality eco-preneur in Panama, operating a luxurious boutique resort in nature.

Her guests are big city dwellers and business people taking a break from stress and hectic schedules, families with teenagers, Yoga fans, nature lovers, honeymooners, horseback riders, and workshop groups.

Gourmets in search of culinary excellence in Panama are attracted to her pleasant open-kitchen Madre Tierra restaurant, where Chef Craig enchants palates with sumptuous lunch and dinner creations.

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Rancho guests are there to smell flowers, watch birds, butterflies, fireflies, stars, and sunrises. They hike, trek, jog, or explore the area on horseback.

After a day in nature, they can relax in luxurious, terraced bungalows – or stay connected with the outside world from their laptop. (Free high-speed Internet access is available, even though the Rancho is 100 percent off the grid.)

The Ranchos casual, friendly ambiance lets guests be as social or secluded as they wish. Some reach out, make new friends with fellow travelers from around the globe, others prefer to stay by themselves.

There is plenty to do outside as well: from nearby hot springs to Volcano climbing, white water rafting to relaxing on the beach. Panama is small, so nothing is very far away, and its beaches are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.

No wonder Panama is increasingly popular among honeymooners. Many combine a few days on the beach with a stay at the green Rancho, one of central America's first Green Globe certified eco-resorts. ( )

Rancho guests from North America usually arrive in Panama by plane. But one traveler says he cycled 4,000 miles to get here from the US. Read his story at .

Tip: for reports from travelers who have stayed there, look up Rancho de Caldera on

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