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Cerro Azul is a small gated mountain community that sits around 800 meters above sea level, making it a comfortable climate year-round when you need a break from the hot & humid coast. The perk is that it’s one of the closest “cool” escapes from Panama City and will only take 45-minutes to 1.5 hours to arrive based on where you’re coming from.

While here you can enjoy one of the many hiking trails, waterfalls, swimming in natural pools formed by the river, or spend time at the country club. To enter this gated neighborhood you will need to have accommodation booked beforehand and there are some super cozy cabins available. 

Here are some of the best places to stay in Cerro Azul. 

Masha Alla Mountain Cabin  

Starting at $94USD/night – BOOK NOW

This cozy mountain cabin offers a tranquil setting surrounded by pine trees and beautiful gardens. With space for up to three people, it comes fully equipped with a small kitchen and everything you need for a relaxing stay. At night, stringed lights light up the outside and are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. Breakfast is also included in the rate. 

La Semilla Ecolodge 

Starting at $110USD/night – BOOK NOW

La Semilla is exclusively set within beautiful private gardens surrounded by colorful flora and fauna. This Ecolodge is for people looking to experience nature combined with the amenities of a boutique hotel. On-site amenities feature a gourmet restaurant, full bar, open-air terrace with a retractable roof, jacuzzi, billiards, and movie lounge. The hotel also has a private nature trail that’s home to howler monkeys leading down to the river exclusively for guests. Coming in 2021 you’ll also be able to enjoy a new swimming pool, steam room, spa, and more! 

Double Cabins 

Starting at $49USDBOOK NOW

This small family farm has two cabins available for rent, making a perfect small group trip or a romantic getaway with your partner. You’ll find beautiful gardens on the property and a small waterfall, plus you’re steps from enjoying the surrounding hikes. 

Villa La Vista 

Starting at $327USD/night – BOOK NOW

Villa La Vista is a beautiful home with gorgeous views and space for up to 16 people. Enjoy nature activities like bird watching, beautiful river walks, waterfalls, many hiking trails full of wildlife or you could simply relax in the pool, jacuzzi and hammocks by the terrace with a full view of Panama City and the surrounding mountains. 

Tiny Cabin Lost In The Jungle

Starting at $48USD/night BOOK NOW

Enjoy a super secluded, rustic cabin in Cerro Azul. The cabin is situated right in front of the river so you’ll have amazing views and get to enjoy the sounds of the river while sleeping. A quick walk up the river leads to a waterfall and natural swimming pool. You’ll get to enjoy the surrounding nature in complete privacy, and many guests have mentioned seeing monkeys and toucans. Electricity is solar-powered (no cell service or internet in the area) and cooking is done on an open fire so this is for people looking to totally disconnect.

Hacienda Los Gallos 

Starting at $221USD/night BOOK NOW

Hacienda Los Gallos is a cozy mountain cottage with a rustic feel and stylish decor. Surrounded by beautiful nature and the sounds of native wildlife, it is a perfect place for a getaway. If you enjoy a hot tub with an unobstructed panoramic view of the city, sunbathing by the pool, or simply exploring nature, then Hacienda Los Gallos is the perfect place and has space for up to 11 guests. 

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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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