We awoke during the night to the sounds of rain beating down on our big stone deck. It didn’t last long and when the morning came, the deck was dry. After breakfast, we discovered that we have new neighbors in the next house. More Canadians! This guy and his son were down for a couple of weeks. He has owned the house for about five years and comes down two or three times per year. Take a look at the view he gets from his living room. It’s the top-level with wall to wall glass. Spectacular!
I visited with Antonio while updating the blog this morning. He is a warm, hospitable, interesting character who is helpful by nature. He has two suites in his house that he rents out. Accommodation here in Cerro Azul is pretty hard to come by. I mean, there seems to be lots of for rent signs around but I would bet that you would never find them on the Internet. I know the effort it took me to find the place we are staying. There is supposed to be a Hostel in the area but that is outside the main gate and part way down the hill. If you want to stay here and experience this place, you need to rent a house or a suite in a house. You will also need to rent a car to get here and around.
There is a one bedroom suite on the lowest level that has a full kitchen, a bathroom and a nice living room. It comes with a WiFi connection and a flat screen TV. It is nicely finished and immaculately clean. The view from the deck is to die for! Nothing but trees and birds and hills for as far as you can see. This little gem rents for $US75 per night with a minimum of two nights or $US450 per week or $US900 per month! Along with this you get an onsite owner that speaks fluent English and Spanish and has lived there for 15 plus years. There won’t be many questions about Panama or the area that he won’t be able to answer for you.
On the level above there is another unit that can be rented as a one or two bedroom suite and has a private bathroom. Each bedroom has its own access to the large deck with a spectacular view. There is no TV (which is not uncommon here) but there is a WiFi connection so you can stream to your heart’s content. Rates are $US50 per night for the one bedroom or $US75 per night for the two bedrooms. Weekly for the two bedroom you pay $US450 and for the one bedroom, $US300. No monthly rates for this accommodation. For some pictures of the accomodation check out www.cerroazulsuite.blogspot.com/
If you are interested in renting either of these suites, just email Antonio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the weather wasn’t all that great, we decided to head down the hill and do some comparison shopping. Today’s feature image is of the local Do It Center. These modern big box chain stores are kind of 75% Canadian Tire and 25% Home Depot. We prowled the store and found prices are much the same as at home for things like appliances, ceramic tile, lighting fixtures, and plumbing stuff like faucets etc. You will find both unfamiliar brands and those that we know. We went next door and checked out a furniture store with similar results. This store really didn’t have anything much different from what we have at home. We need to find a furniture store that has furniture more Panamanian!
We next headed to a mall! We stopped at the Metromall, a modern gigantic super mall with three or four levels and all the stores we have at home plus a few. If you didn’t know better, you would think you were in a shopping center in Canada or the US. We ate at one of the many restaurants before returning up the hill at the end of the day.
We will be getting company in our little house tomorrow. Some friends of the owner will be moving in to the upper part of the house so we will have to tone our noisy partying down a bit. If the weather is good tomorrow we will be off for another hike in the jungle. See you later.