Discover the rainforest in a wide variety of different habitats around Portobelo and witness the incredible biodiversity that makes this such a unique location!
While hiking in the areas around the village can allow us the chance to see monkeys, sloths and toucans, exploring a bit farther into the mountains gives us the chance to encounter more exotic species like the beautiful poison-dart frogs, and excellent places for birdwatching.
In 1904 during the construction of the Panama Canal, a temporary settlement known as New Portobelo was built where El Otro Lado now resides. The settlemente was evacuated in 1914 and during this 80 years nature retook its territory leaving no traceof this settlement with the exception of our private historical Dam. Take a walk deep in the jungle sorrounding this magnificent lake.
Dive right into the rainforest of the Portobelo National Park.
This protected area extends over 34.846 hectares. Monkeys, reptiles, turtles, crab-eating raccoons and many other species call this ecosystem home.
We believe that El Otro Lado is the perfect place to recharge and refresh our senses. Join us in our power hike up our neighboring forts: San Fernando and San Fernandito. You will have a good workout and enjoy the best view of the whole bay.
Packing tips: Since the major part of our activities are outside and take place in the tropics, we recommend light clothing, hat and comfortable shoes.
In your room: you will find sun protection and insect repellent which can be useful during your stay.
Our staff: Most of our collaborators are born and raised in Portobelo and are perfectly familiar with every corner of the estate and its surroundings; take advantage of their knowledge. Do not forget your camera, observe and enjoy. Every place is unique.
Our boats are equipped with life jackets, as well as dry towels and, depending on the activity you have chosen, picnic service or refrigerator. We also provide snorkeling equipment.