A personal note from Andrea, the owner of The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel.....
Dear Cyclist or Camper:
I would like to introduce you to my dear personal friend that I have known since
I arrived in Panama as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1999.
Her humble home is located in an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AREA
for you who are cycling through Panama, to stop and spend a night.
It is a perfect logistical choice for any of you who are riding between David City and Santiago.
She lives just a 2 minute ride off the Interamericana Highway in the San Felix/Remedios area of the Chiriqui Province.
You won't actually stay inside her home...rather you will be able to pitch your tent or hang your hammock in this safe outside area.
If it is rainy weather, you can camp on her porch.
At some point in the future, we hope that she will be able to offer you the option of staying inside her home in a room.
You'll be able to store and protect your bicycles and personal items inside her house in her living room area.
You can take a refreshing bucket shower in her outdoor shower area.
You will be able to relieve yourself in the latrine area. (bring your own toilet paper...)
For an extra fee of $1.00 you will be able to use her simple kitchen. No refrigerator so plan accordingly.
If you stay for a while, maybe she'll make a meal on her outdoor wood heated fogon.
She lives just 5 minute walk to this clean river where you can jump in and cool down!
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact us so we can contact Maria. She has known us for many years and she is very comfortable with travellers. Of course, if you speak Spanish, things will be a bit easier for you. The most important thing is that you know that she is an honest person. She has asked us to explain that she doesn't want guests that come to her village that will want to get drunk and party with the locals. She doesn't mind that you bring a few of your own personal beers, but she doesn't want you to buy them in her village or to go to the bars in her town.
She also would want you to drop off the empty bottles or cans somewhere else after you leave.
She charges $5.00 per person per night.