The combination of forest and shaded coffee bushes at this gourmet coffee farm 27 km (16 mi) west of Volcán makes it one of the country's best bird-watching spots. The farm borders Parque Internacional La Amistad, so it's home to an array of wildlife ranging from hummingbirds to collared peccaries. To date, 282 avian species have been identified here, including the brown-hooded parrot, collared trogon, golden-browed chlorophonia, and king vulture. You can take a coffee
tour during the October–March harvest season. Two rustic cabins without electricity are available for overnight guests. Getting here is half the fun, since the road winds through amazing scenery.
Road to Río Sereno, 27 km (16 mi) west of Volcán, up gravel road on right 300 yards after gas station, Santa Clara, Panama
Oct 24, 2009
Actually the gravel road into Finca Hartmann is only about 300 feet after the gas station. There's a nice wooden sign there. I've been staying on their Finca since 1976, mostly to collect butterflies, moths, and insects, but also to enjoy their Ojo de Agua area that is nestled in the rain forest. Howler monkeys and white-faced monkeys are regular visitors there, as well as dozens of bird species and other tropical animals. It's amazing how little
the upper finca area has changed over the last 30+ years. The family enjoys having visitors, and has very reasonable rates. You can really experience and enjoy the tropical rain forest in their upper finca, called Ojo de Agua, named for a spring located near their 2 cabins in the jungle. As of Oct 2009 there's still no electricity up there, but you can arrange to rent one of the generators they keep there for me if you want to have electricity. Plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days there, and be sure to visit their daughter and son-in-law's Italian Restaurant, IL FORNO, opened in late 2007, down in Volcan, about a 40 minute drive from the finca. Outstanding home-style Italian food prepared from scratch by Joe Mattina, Aliss's husband. When my wife and granddaughter were visiting, we drove down to Volcan 4 nights in a row to have dinner there.