Melisa & Luciano
Cooking and Guest Management
Fluency: Spanish (Argentina), English
Our Argentinian hosts bring warmth, kindness, and delicious food to Cocovivo. Their five-star meals are a fusion of Argentinian classics with a Panamanian twist. Ask them about tours, bioluminescence or anything else that would make your stay at Cocovivo more comfortable.
Esther & Leo
Fluency: Spanish (Panama)
Esther and Leo are the heart and soul of Cocovivo. From construction and cleaning to tours, they are involved in all aspects of daily life here on the farm. Born and raised in Tierra Oscura, they have a sixth sense for spotting wildlife like sloths and howler monkeys.
Fluency: Responds to all languages
What can we say about Capitan? Our loveable waterdog will be the first to greet you when you set foot on our dock and will stay by your side throughout your stay. His favorite spot is at the helm of your kayak or paddleboard, and he'll be your captain - whether you ask for it or not!
The Cocovivo family is equal parts local and expat. Ulrich bought the property and started the project in 2001, as one of the first foreigners in the area. At the time, the land had been stripped of vegetation for grazing, and Ulrich began planting trees with the mission of returning it to its lush natural state. In the process, he fell in love with the natural beauty of the area and wanted to share it with others, creating comfort without losing closeness to nature.
Today, Cocovivo is home not just to its human caretakers, but also families of sloths, kinkajous, howler monkeys and dozens of other species.
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Contributing To Local Communities
CocoVivo maintains strong relationships with the local community of Tierra Oscurra, by providing employment opportunities, purchasing local produce and offering housing space to local Ngobe Bugle workers and trades people. We aim to support and strengthen the regional development and standard of living.