Location

Eco Venao overlooks Playa Venao, which is situated on the easterly tip of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula in the province of Los Santos.

Currency

The Panamanian currency is the Balboa, which exists only in coin format. Paper money is the US Dollar. The closest ATM to Eco Venao is at the Banco Nacional in Pedasí where most major credit cards are accepted.

Language

Spanish is the main language and only a few locals in the area speak English. Most employees at Eco Venao have very limited English, but will certainly try to help out as much as possible. Our managers speak English and French also.

Health

There is a good, although small rural hospital in Tonosí and a clinic in Pedasí, both of which are a 30 minute drive from Eco Venao. Both towns also have pharmacies stocked with most basic medicines. There have been no cases of Malaria or Dengue in the immediate area. This is largely due to the absense of mosquitos. Thankfully, they are only occasional visitors here. Noseeums (sandflies) can be a nuisance during sunrise and sunset. Herbal repellants may be helpful to bring with you.

Weather

Temperatures range between 24º and 33º Celsius (75º and 91º Fahrenheit) in both the rainy and dry seasons – so there is no need to bring woolly jumpers to Eco Venao. The dry season is from December to May and the rainy season is from June to November – approximately.

The dry season usually brings months of sunny days without a cloud in the sky. The rainy season is very unpredictable – a week of fine weather is not uncommon. The tropical rain can be an awesome specticle. Both seasons have their magic.