The palafitos are shacks on stilts made of palm fronds and mud with roofs of trimmed branches and palm-leaf thatch. They are authentic but they are anything but plain and basic. They are all different and vividly colourful.
The rooms have impressive four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting, doors and windows made of woven palm, outdoor showers, bathrooms with colourful tiles, oiled wooden floors and a riot of native paintings on the walls.
As you descend from the mountains towards the distant palm trees that tell you the Pacific is not far away, nothing can compete with your first glimpse of this palm-fringed lagoon and its long strip of unending beach.