The Chagres National Park is the forest that shelters the source of the most important river in Panama and is the perfect place for the most daring hikers. Its 309,000 acres are crossed by countless streams and waterfalls, which lead the water to the mighty Chagres River and to Lake Alajuela, formed when a dam was built on the river. Its rugged terrain is crowned with hills and peaks covered in cloud forest.
One of them is the 3,300 feet tall Cerro Jefe, which offers spectacular views of the Canal and, with a bit of luck, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This forest also holds the remains of 30 miles of the Camino Real, the colonial route where gold and silver were carried through the Isthmus during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
November to April (Summer, Dry Season)