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Known as the last bastion of wilderness in Central America, the Darien is still as intriguing as it was almost 500 years ago when the first Conquistadors visited the area in search of riches and ultimately a passage to the Pacific Ocean. The 60,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve is the largest private natural protected area in Central America and it is part of the Darien National Park complex of preserved lands.

Within Punta Patiño there are marine and coastal environments, wetlands, rivers, secondary growth forests and primeval rainforests, as well as Embera indigenous communities. The Punta Patiño Lodge is located atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South and surrounded by the natural splendor of the area. It's 10 well appointed cabins are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms with hot water. A dinning hall and a chapel dating back to the early 20th century are all part of the lodge's facilities. Tours to Punta Patiño are guided by a Naturalist.

Location: Gulf of San Miguel, Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, Darien Province, Panama