Day Hike to Romulo Vega’s Homestead

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Our closest neighbor here at MTCF is Romulo Vega. He is 78 years old and his property lies within the boundary of La Amistad NP. Unlike national parks in the US, here in Panama old homesteads are grandfathered in once national park boundaries are established. Mr. Vega cleared his forests with an axe long before the park was established in 1985 and today his “finca” is a beautiful homestead surrounded by forests within the park. A day trip visiting Mr. Vega is a journey to Panama’s rural mountain past. His cabin has no electricity, just a transistor radio. He cooks on an open fire pit inside his cabin.

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Coffee Pot preparing hot water for coffee

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Mr. Vega tending the fire

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Coffee steeping in a wire rimmed cloth sack.

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Timeless space hanging in the cabin sharing stories of jaguars and the misty mountains.

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The walk from MTCF to Mr. Vegas homestead is about 2 hours and passes through beautiful mountain scenery.

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Timo on the trail.

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Bromeliads in full bloom

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Alma and Jeff holding orchid flowers from a fallen orchid.

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