It is possible to say that the Chagres River originated the idea of building a Canal. In the time of the Hispanic conquest their fairways were part of the Way of Crossings that crossed the isthmus connecting the Caribbean with the Pacific. This powerful river discovered by Cristopher Columbus runs throug a thick tropical forest and in its waters the fish, otters and lizards abound. In the average course of the river, in the neighborhood of the Alajuela Lake, indigenous communities of Emberá exist and offer to the visitor the opportunity to be in contact with the life of the native ones, while the amazing landscape can be enjoyed. This landscape covers the shore with the river. In these places the fauna characteristic of the jungle abounds, mainly birds, monkeys, jaguars tapires and serpents.