This trail is called El Oleoducto for its former military use of transporting oil by pipeline. Today these pipelines line the trail shrouded in moss and forming part of the landscape.
Located within Soberanía National Park, the trail is one of the places in Panama that has won a world record for the number of bird species sighted on a single day. A total of over 525 birds were observed in the vicinity of this trail.
If being in nature sounds like your idea of fun, then you will enjoy a tour along this trail.
As you stroll along the trail observing the vegetation, you might just spot a sloth creeping from branch to branch. Afterwards you can climb up the observation tower called Discovery Center.
Material from houses built in the former Canal Zone was used to erect this tower. The diversity of birds within sight from its platform is impressive, ranging from toucans, parrots, and macaws to hummingbirds.
Be sure to bring a rain jacket in case it rains, comfortable walking shoes to hike the trails, a water bottle, and a trail mix or small snack if you get hungry along the way.
If you go on a guided tour, you will be provided useful information along the trails, transportation there and back, and recommendations to best enjoy a relaxing get-away. You can contact the staff at Ecocircuitos to request one of these tours.