Type of trail: Loop Round-Trip Distance: 2 km (1.2 miles) Round-Trip Time: 2-3 hours Elevation Gain: 123 m. (403 ft.) Max Height: 816 m (2,677 ft.) Attractions: cloud forest, streams, plants and animals Activities: hiking, bird watching Use: Low Rating: MODERATE Activity combines some easy stretches with others that require more physical effort. It applies to long walks on uneven ground (river crossings, dense vegetation, large rocks very slippery floor), or short walks on trails with steep slope.
You must have a 4x4 to reach trailhead. From Panama City (East): 17 km after Penonomé off the Inter-American Highway to your right is the community of La Candelaria. Take a right at the sign announcing Omar Torrijos National Park. Take that road to the community of El Cope (approx. 35 km ) and then keep going up through the community of Barrigón. The asphalt road ends and turns into a dirt road all the way up to the park headquarters. From Nata (West): 14 km after Natá along the Inter-American Highway is the community of La Candelaria. Take a right at the sign announcing Omar Torrijos National Park. Take that road to the community of El Cope (approx. 35 km) and then keep going up through the community of Barrigón. The asphalt road ends and turns into a dirt road all the way up to the park headquarters.
This trail, that allows you to hike in a cloud rainforest is narrow at times and can be steep eroded in others. There are bridges over creeks and steep steps up hills. Unfortunately you can no longer see golden frogs due to a fungus that has swept through the region and taken out the local population. Seasonal Elements: Dry Season - Accessible Rainy Season - Trail slippery in sections Additional Information: http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=321&Itemid=322&lang=en
At the headquarters there is a bathroom, cabins for rent.
Go with a local guide who is part of a community tourism cooperative. This way you won’t get lost and help support the local economy. Even if you think you know the trail we recommend using a guide that will be there in case of an emergency. Bring: Sufficient water, shoes with good tread or hiking boots (do not walk in sandals ) you will get your feet wet in the streams, cool clothing, raincoat (rainy season), repellent optional - headlamp in case cloudy or night falls, hiking poles and a change of clothes in case of rain.
THE HOURS, FEES, LOCAL GUIDES
Management: National government Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente - (Parque Nacional General de la División Omar Torrijos – Santa Marta) Hours: 8AM-5PM Fee: National Students- B. 1.00, National Visitors - B. 3.00, Foreign Visitors B. 5.00, Seniors - B. 1.50 Contact Information: Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos Administration: (507) 997-9077 Regional ANAM Administration office en Coclé - (507) 997-9805 / (507) 997-7538 National Protected Areas Department: (507) 500-0855 / (507) 500-0839 Local Guides: Macedonio Perez 6549-7321 (Spanish Only) Additional Information:http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307&Itemid=322&lang=en
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