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Altos de Campana National Park

Written by Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:09

This protected area, located near the coasts and floodplains of the town of Chame, was created in 1966 as the first national park. The topography across its 4,925 hectares rises from 400 meters above sea level at its lowest point up to the 1,030-meter Cerro la Cruz, and from this natural attraction and hilltop you have a spectacular view of both oceans and the Panama Canal basin. You can also take in panoramic views of other landscape features, such as rivers, estuaries, the rocky outcrop Espave and the Chame Bay. The area is delightful to observe wildlife and go on nature walks during the cool temperatures. At dawn and dusk a fog descends and you will find yourself surrounded by nature.

Location

Located 50 kilometers from Panama City in the province of West Panama, along the Pan-American Highway.

How to arrive

  • Car: After crossing the Bridge of the Americas, also known as Centennial Bridge, drive along the Pan-American Highway until kilometer 60. About 10 minutes after passing the village of Capira,you will see the Loma Campana park entrance on your right hand side.

  • Bus: At the Albrook Grand Terminal you can board a bus taking any of the following routes: Panama - Chame, Panama - Chitré, Coclé, Los Santos, David. Tell your bus driver that your destination is the Altos de Campana park entrance, right off the Pan-American Highway and marked with a sign on the right hand side. From there you can take a taxi up to the park ranger's booth so that you can receive an orientation, precautions, and instructions for your visit.

What to bring

  • Tent and camping gear
  • Water bottles
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Map of the site

Activities

  • Mountain hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Observe wildlife
  • Camping

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Punta Chame

Written by Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:00

The first thing you'll see is the vast series of beaches that comprise the province of West Panama and connect with the beaches of Coclé. The scenic drive down this peninsula is on a highway flanked by beaches and also affords breathtaking views of the highlands of Chame, Campana, Taboga, Otoque, and Boná. Along the way you can stop at craft booths or roadside restaurants for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Location

Located 100 km from Panama City, in the area of ​​West Panama after the city of Chorrera.

How to arrive

  • Car: Take the Pan-American Highway for about 72 kilometers until you reach a Terpel gas station in the town of Bejuco. Turn right to access the Caracol Beach project, which will take you directly to Punta Chame in another 30 minutes.

  • Bus: From the Albrook Grand Terminal you can board a bus taking any of the following routes: Panama - Chame, Panama - Chitré, Coclé, Los Santos, David. Tell your bus driver that your destination is the entrance to Punta Chame, right off the Pan-American Highway.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Tent and camping gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Swim floats if with children

Activities

    • Camping
    • Surfing
    • Walks on the beach
    • Leisure and recreation


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Coronado Beach

Written by Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:07

Known as one of the beaches with the most tourism development and infrastructure in the country, excellent hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, private homes and housing projects, and all sorts of commercial services have been attracted to Coronado. 

Nueva Gorgona Beach

Written by Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:00

Following the Pan-American Highway and after passing the well-known hill called Cerro Campana, you will be en route to this beautiful beach with large waves. The national decree passed in 2014 makes it now part of Panama's tenth province named West Panama.

Rio Mar

Written by Tuesday, 12 March 2013 08:38

Rio Mar is the next beach immediately after El Palmar, situated on the left-hand side of the Pan-American Highway if coming from Panama City. The entrance is very well-marked, so you won’t have any problems finding it.

San Carlos Lagoon

Written by Monday, 13 August 2012 16:59

For mountain lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and campers, the perfect place indeed exists. It is at San Carlos Lagoon, located 800 meters above sea level and about two hours from Panama City. It is not natural but a man-made lagoon, formed on the slopes of Picacho Hill (1,182 m).