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Cocobolo Nature Reserve

Cocobolo Nature Reserve (and field station) is a privately owned reserve and conservation research site in Central Panama’s Mamoní Valley. Right on the southern slope of the continental divide, it straddles a mountain ridge between the country’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

It covers some 410 hectares of primary cloud forest and secondary lowland forest, constituting a vitally important part of the Mesoamerican Corridor.

Because it is located at the narrowest stretch of that corridor, it forms a crucial biogeographical transit area connecting Mexico to South America, home to Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots, Margay Cats, critically endangered harlequin toads, Crested Curassows and thousands of species of invertebrates.

It is an extension of Chagres National Park and Narganá Wildlife Area, which, combined, constitute hundreds of thousands of hectares of intact forest. Accommodations here are very basic. There are no beds, just covered platforms where you set up tents and inflatable mattresses. The station provides tents, but guests need to bring their own bedding. Cocobolo is entirely off-grid and runs on

**Cocobolo’s website is not explicit about whether or not it accepts non-academic or non-student visitors, but there are volunteer opportunities if you have any of the experience/skills they are looking for.