Enjoy the best panoramic views of both the capital and the Canal from Ancon Hill, the highest point in Panama City. This is also where you can behold the true essence of Panama: a city enveloped in nature. Ancon Hill is the remnant of the eroded core of an ancient volcano that served as a quarry during the construction of the Canal. Today, it’s completely covered by the rainforest and home to keel-billed toucans, green iguanas, geoffroy's tamarins and other amazing wildlife.
Ancon Hill is 199 meters (650 feet) from base to summit, and will take you about 30 minutes to hike. When you get to the top, you’ll be able to see the old, rebuilt and modern cities, all from one point—plus views of the Panama bay! Besides the incredible views, a climb to the top means you’ll also get to see the largest flag in the country. The massive flag was installed there in 1979 to celebrate the treaty that returned the Canal Zone to Panama, and has been flying there ever since.
Hail a cab, or drive to one of the two entrances: the first entrance is located next to the Mi Pueblito Tourist Center on the Avenue of the Martyrs, and the second entrance can be accessed from the Panama Canal administration building.