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  1. 1. Rancho
de
Caldera
 www.ranchodecaldera.com

What guests are Saying at Rancho de Caldera 
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“Wow! Rancho De Caldera is literally a dream come true! Not only is it an exceptionallybeautiful resort with all the amenities, but it is run with an enlightened view of ecologicalintegrity and sustainability.You can enjoy the superb cuisine in arestaurant with a view knowing thatChef Craig personally knows many ofthe producers from whom hepurchases. I enjoy cooking and, unlikesome chefs, he generously shares hisknowledge with people who expressinterest, so I picked up a few tips fromhim that I can use at home.If you have any interest in emergingeco-tourism, you will find the fact thatRancho De Caldera is permanently offthe grid to be another attraction. Theyuse a combination of hydro-power andsolar panels for their electricity...” --A guest from California remarks on Rancho de Caldera sustainable eco-project
  2. 2. Rancho
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 www.ranchodecaldera.com

Rancho de Caldera’s Power system: Solar power, Wind power, and hydro-power:“Rancho de Caldera is a magical place… I spent 4 amazing days there in mid-September,and haven’t stopped raving about it to friends and family ever since. I work for theUnited Nations and so have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world, butRancho de Caldera is truly special. This is due in part to the natural beauty thatsurrounds it – one can spend a long time watching the clouds drifting over themountains, or taking in the view from a quiet spot by the pool, or gazing at the stars ona clear night. But Rancho de Caldera is above all the result of a unique vision – acommitment to making a dream come true in a way that is deeply respectful of theplanet and of the surrounding community. Like many places worth visiting, as a friend ofmine pointed out, Rancho de Caldera is a short plane ride away from Panama City, but itcan reached from New York City the same day. Gina’s directions are remarkable – I haverarely felt so certain all logistics of a trip would work out perfectly, and indeed they did.And once at Rancho de Caldera, there is lots to do: horseback riding, hot water springs,visiting the nearby town… Visitors can be as active or as laid back as they wish. My onlyregret is that I did not have more time to spend there, but I’m really looking forward tomy next visit.” --United Nations worker from New York“I was going on a bicycle tour from Atlanta to Panama whenmy friend showed me Rancho de Calderas website.Paradise -- It became the end destination for my trip. Forfour months, I lived very simply -- camping, showering witha basin of water, eating street food -- waiting and waitingfor Rancho de Caldera. It was magic. The setting, up in themountains, makes it seem unreal!! The rooms and serviceare top-quality luxury, and the food that Craig (the chef)serves is beautiful and exciting ... and delicious. Rancho deCaldera was an amazing reward at the end of a long bicycletrip. And it was tough leaving, having to return to reality.In writing reviews for Rancho de Caldera, TripAdvisor reallyshould provide shortcut keys for ‘amazing’ and ‘beautiful’.”
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 www.ranchodecaldera.com

--Philadelphian bikes over 4,000miles to Rancho de Caldera “…We ate most lunches anddinners at the restaurant. The food is creative and delicious. I don’t know if Chef Craig isin the witness protection program, but this guy could easily be cooking in some of thebest restaurants in the U.S.. Then again maybe escaping to this pristine landscapeinspires some of his dishes. Both lunches and dinners were outstanding. We foundourselves buying his homemade applesauce, breakfast sausages, and granola. Also a jarof his ketchup to bring back home… Gina the owner is a warm reflection in this rain dropof paradise. “Siesta for the soul”, you bet it is.” --Family of four reflect on theirexperience dining at our restaurant,Madre Tierra, with Chef Craig“We recently stayed at Rancho deCaldera for five nights. We had heardabout this eco-lodge through a friend.Rancho de Caldera far exceeded ourexpectations. The web site, thoughvery well done, does not fully capturethe beauty of the scenery surroundingRancho de Caldera. The landscapeconsists of rolling hills and lushvegetation and the sky is full of the most amazing clouds we’ve ever seen-- it’s hard forthe eye to take it all in and even harder for photography to capture it. You can stand inone spot and turn 360 degrees and find picture-worthy views at each vantage point.With such dramatic scenery, the only thing that we wanted to do was just sit andobserve, feeling ourselves part of this dynamic environment.There are lots of activities offered in the area: hot springs, hiking up the volcano, naturewalks, bird watching, tree trekking, coffee plantation tours, white water rafting, etc.However, beware that upon arriving and seeing the amazing view from your room, youmay spend your stay at the ranch very content to while away whole mornings sitting outon your balcony sipping coffee and enjoying the surroundings. It is so beautiful therethat you simply feel no need to go elsewhere……It was an incredibly memorable and restorative vacation. If you have the chance to goto Panama, stay at Rancho de Caldera. You won’t be disappointed.” –French guest, who visited Rancho de Caldera on a romantic getaway“…Built on a hillside, each spacious and well-appointed cabin has a stunning southernvista of the surrounding mountains and foothills, dry tropical forest and ranch land withgrazing cattle and horses. On a clear night, the sky is sprinkled with millions of stars... …We slept very well, and, in the morning, were content to sip our coffee and absorb the pastoral peace of our surroundings. We birded from our deck with binoculars and saw Fork-Tailed Flycatchers, Crested Oropendolas, Blue-Gray Tanagers, White- Collared Seedeaters, Egrets, Muscovy Ducks
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and parakeets. Walking and hiking are recommended activities. The Caldera hotspringsare less than a 10 minute drive away. For the more adventuresome, rent a couple of thehotel horses and explore the foothills…” - Owners of an Inn in Boquete“My daughter and I traveled to Panama to get some relief from a frigid, ice and snow-covered landscape in Cleveland, Ohio….In the seven days we were there, we rode theirhorses, hiked their 1.2 mile driveway daily, hiked several other trails, went white-waterrafting, spent one morning "tree trekking" (known other places as "zip lining") in aharness hanging from a wire cable 100s of feet above the mountainous forest, visitedsome hot springs tucked away in a remote area, shopped in Boquete on the sides of the11,500 volcano named Baru, swam in the Caldera River and in Gina and Chriss infinitypool, napped on our private decks overlooking the mountains and awoke to rainbowsnearly every day.Other reasons to choose this location: Panama uses US dollars as its currency, is friendlyand safe and does not get hurricanes because of its location south and west of Columbia(Columbia gets hit instead). If you go, spend one day in Panama City touring the Canalto make your trip the perfect Panama experience.” --An American visits with her teenage childrenThis eco-resort is totally off the grid (it uses renewable energy-solar, wind and hydroelectric). We had total luxurious comfort with none of the guilt of using up naturalresources….My husband and I came with our 14 year old and 12 year old sons. The boysespecially loved the hiking, horseback riding, infinity edge pool and photo opportunities.Through conversations at dinner withthe owners and the chef, our boyslearned about alternative energy,sustainable agriculture, sustainablebuilding practices and other valuableinformation for their futures. Thesepeople care about preserving Panamasnatural resources. What an experienceto eat gourmet dinners by Craig thechef whospecializes in sustainable agriculture.Each meal was so much fun, like onepleasant adventure after another. Therestaurant has a rooftop garden whereCraig got the marigolds for themarigold iced tea he made for us. Eachdish was presented beautifully.Our 14 year olds advice: "You definitely would want to come to Rancho de Caldera".Our 12 year olds advice: " You will want to try the chefs food as many meals as youcan".…We felt very well cared for throughout our stay. I wish that more resorts would followthis model.”” --Family vacation, guests from Phoenix, Arizona
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“…Kudos to Gina and Chris, the owners, who have created an eco-friendly, selfsustaining, healthy, beautiful and serene environment none of us wanted to leave. Aninspirational place! Most definitely the highlight of our trip to Panama. We hope to returnmany times.” --says guest from Paris, France “…The people at the resort were very attentive when we needed something and at the same time never disturbed our privacy. My girlfriend and I are foodies and we were excited to hear that they have a chef at the resort. We had a fabulous 5 course meal and enjoyed some of their signature moothies…. There are other things to do besides eatingthe great dinners, swimming in the pool or enjoying the great view from your cabana.We went horse back riding, an excursion that the resort set up for us. Boquete has a lotof offer as well. We went on a coffee farm tour at Fincha dos Jefes ([--] I definitelyrecommend this tour). There is white water rafting in the area and we had anadrenaline-surging experience with one of the local companies we went with. Gina andthe staff at the resort can help you schedule anything you need. I almost forgot tomention how helpful Gina is! We received an email before we arrived asking aboutdinner preferences. We also were given travel information that proved invaluable and thecontact info for a great driver in Panama city. If you got to Boquete definitely check outRancho de Caldera, you wont be sorry. Although we have many places we wish to travelto our experience at Rancho De Caldera temps us to make a trip back there in the nearfuture, I fear that other exotic trips may never be as good.” --New York guest and girlfriend rave about the service“We stayed at Rancho de Caldera for our honeymoon in July. It was the last stop on ourtwo week tour of Panama before heading home. After researching all the choices inBoquete, we booked three nights at R de C and we couldnt have been happier about ourchoice. The surroundings are spectacular! Being married to a photographer, I know thatphotos can be enhanced and sometimes when you get there you can be let down. Nothere, the website is a good representation but the actual beauty is extraordinary……The dinners were scrumptious. Chef Craig has an amazing gift and our last dinner stillstands as the best meal Ive ever had. We still dream of that masala dipping sauce andthe curried trout! Gina was always available when wed call from the road because wewere lost or needed some assistance. She made sure our every need was met. And letme tell you about the shower! Oh my goodness, the showers and water pressure wereout of this world! We loved their attention in providing luxury accommodations whilehaving minimal impact on their surroundings.My favorite past time while at R de C was sitting on the balcony, watching the horsesgraze below with the rain providing the soundtrack. The smells, scenery and sounds arewhat I try to remember when life today gets a little to hectic. We will be back, soonerthan later we hope!” -Michigan honeymooners
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de
Caldera
 www.ranchodecaldera.com

“I went to western Panamato teach locals and Ex-Patriots how to trim theirhorses hooves. Little did Iknow I would be staying inparadise at Rancho deCaldera.I had a phenomenal roomlooking out to the mountains.Owner Gina stocked mykitchenette with local fruit,organic coffee beans, andbreakfast foods. Tropicalbirds shared my breakfastcrumbs on my porch…. Every morning and evening, I swam, stretched, sipped coffeeand admired the view in total peace and quiet.Chefs Craig ethnic cuisine offered at lunch and dinner is exquisite. Treat yourself to alarge bag of his homemade granola too! Gina and Craig are now designing vegetablegardens so no doubt you will be eating some of their bounty.For those of you visiting for pleasure, Rancho de Caldera is within driving distance toinnumerable sights and experiences. I visited the nearby town of Boquete but am soglad I stayed in the perfect solitude of the Rancho away from the tourists. It isadvertised as a Siesta for the Soul and it is!Western Panama is a well kept secret and I cant wait to visit again next year. ” --Delaware guest“…Owner Gina Cronin will go out of her way to be sure you have a great experience - doas little or as much as you like….The rooms are too amazing to describe accurately -every room has a huge glass wall of doors that leads out to a huge porch full of furnitureoverlooking the gorgeous mountains - the sun rises and sunsets are indescrible. Theresort is small but boasts an infinity pool, horses, and a first class chef making amazingmeals from food grown right there in many cases… All rooms have mini fridges andmicrowaves, the suites have full gourmet kitchens. Internet access is available but youwont want to work - too relaxing!!!!” --Florida family vacation“…Romantic beyond compare!” --a couple from Indiana celebrates their relationship“…We ate dinner twice at the resorts restaurant, Madre Tierra, and had an incrediblethree course gourmet prix fixe meal for just a little more than we paid for lunch at amediocre place in Boquete…” --guest from DC compares experience dining at Madre Tierra to dining in Boquete
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de
Caldera
 www.ranchodecaldera.com

“…Words and pictures cannot do justice to the incredible views, the peaceful setting, andthe out of this world meals we enjoyed while on our vacation. This is a place we willdefinitely be coming back to.”--A married couple reflects after vacationing 7-days with their parents at Rancho deCalderaAdditional guest comment who participated in an art principles workshop:"I attended an art principles workshop this past weekend, taught by artist Marni Craigand hosted at Rancho de Caldera by Gina Cronin Such a treat! Beautiful surroundings,wonderful accommodations, pleasant company, good course content, and great food.The website advertises ‘A siesta for the soul’ and they make good on the promise.Soooooo glad I went, and can’t wait for a repeat experience"
 www.ranchodecaldera.com


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