This country offers diverse natural settings to go hiking, whether in mountainous areas or flatter places.
Even inside the urban area of the capital city we can find these well-marked trails:
- Titi Monkey
- Small Swamp
This trail system is within the 232-hectare Metropolitan Natural Park, the only protected area of tropical forest in Central America that is located within the city limits.
Near the city are also:
- Soberan√≠a National Park (with marked paths)
- Pipeline Road
- Plantation Path
- The Pond nature trail
- Trail of the Crosses and Spirit of the Forest
Another nearby site for hiking is along the banks of the Panama Canal:
- Between the towns of Para√≠so and Gamboa.
- At Summit Municipal Park, one of the largest sites in Panama devoted to a botanical garden, where well-marked nature paths take you through this haven of tropical animal and plant diversity.
If you would like to combine swimming on beaches with hiking, Taboga Island has it all:
- Hike on the Trail of the Three Crosses, Hill Trail, and the Trail of the Cross on Cross Hill, topped with a huge cross and affording excellent views over the town, beach, and the neighboring island of Urab√°. From atop El Vig√≠a, the highest elevation at 333 meters above sea level, you can see the islands of Bon√° and Otoque behind the island and the brown pelicans when they nest in the summer season (January to April).
- St. Peter's Cave, the ruins of the Spanish Convent, and the house of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, are other attractions. When you come down from the hill, refresh yourself with a dip in the sea and a rest on the beach.
What to bring
- Rain jacket
- Long pants
- Walking shoes
- Water bottle
Walking Panama is a nonprofit organization that advocates this activity and provides complete information. www.caminandopanama.org
Come to Panama to enjoy its scenic trails.