One of the longer-term residents here in our neighborhood sent us a link to some videos that had been taken by a previous resident just a few months ago. The previous resident had purchased a remote controlled drone and used it to take several videos of the area where we live, called Hacienda Los Molinos (usually referred to as Los Molinos). I thought they were really impressive and I wanted to share them, to give you a bird's-eye view of the housing development and the dramatic canyon that borders the property.
Here is a link to the first video: vimeo.com/112763421 . Unfortunately, I can't embed this video in the post. It will open in a new window and I recommend viewing it full screen, if possible. In this video, the drone takes off from an open area that is just a few hundred feet from our condo building and flies out over the canyon. At about the 1:05 point in the video, you'll get a view of 3 condo buildings on the edge of the canyon. Our building is the one in the middle. The mountain you see in the background is Volcan Baru, a volcano that is the tallest peak in Panama - about 11,400 feet high.
Here is another video link: vimeo.com/112939234. This video features the boutique hotel and bar that are part of the Los Molinos gated community. The bar is perched on a point, actually sticking out over the canyon. You also see the beautiful waterfalls that flow down into the canyon. While these are not flowing right now, since we're at the end of the dry season, they will again be flowing as the rains start up over the next month or so. At the end of the video, there is a nice aerial shot of the whole Los Molinos community. The only time you see our condo buildings in this video are at the beginning - they are on the far left side of the screen.
Hopefully, after seeing these videos, you can appreciate why we like it here in the Los Molinos development. The landscape is dramatic and the views are incredible.
And speaking of views, here is a picture of the valley in which the town of Boquete is located. Boquete is about 15 minutes from where we live. It's not quite an aerial shot but I found a place that has great views of the whole town and valley:
I hope this give you a better idea of the landscape around the area in which we live. As we head into the rainy season, things will get even greener.
Posted by Mark