Type of trail: In and Out Round Trip Distance: 2 Km (4 miles) Round trip time: 1.5 hours Elevation gain: 120 m (393 ft.) Max height: 200 m (656 ft) Attractions: Forest, view, history, plants and animals Activities: Walking, birding, running, mountain biking path, walking the dog Use: High Rating: EASY Activity involves some physical effort due to steepness. The road is paved all the way.
Take Avenida de los Martires towards the Bridge of the Americas and at the right is the entrance to the Cerro Ancon, which is right beside Mi Pueblito. Another possibility is to take Quarry Heights Road that takes you right by the Panama Canal Administration building (if you have the time pop in and take a look at it). Follow that road up past the Quarry Heights entrance and take a left at the fork. You will run right into a parking lot where you may park and head right to begin your walk up Cerro Ancon.
Cerro Ancon is a protected area has become an "island" of forest cover within an urban area. Here you can find wildlife such as sloths, armadillos, coatis, and deer. Along the hill is a paved road that is used by vehicles during the day and only used by visitors walking up the hill on foot to observe the wildlife and the beautiful views of the city, the Bay of Panama and the Zone Canal. During the weekends many cars drive up, especially on Sundays. There is less traffic during the week. Seasonal Elements: The road is accessible all year.
Since the 1977 Torrijos- Carter Treaties Panama regained control of the hill from the United States and one of the first acts was to hoist a flag on top of the hill as a symbol of the reaffirmation of the old Zone Canal and Panama.
Benches to sit on top and along the way
What to Bring:
- Enough Water
- Enough Food
- Shoes with good soles or Hiking boots (do not wear flip-flops)
- Rain jacket (rainy season)
- Repellent (optional)
- Hiking Poles (optional)
- Head lamp (optional)
HOURS, FEES, LOCAL GUIDES
Management: City of Panama Hours: Look for the hole in the fence to your right and will always be able to go up for a walk Fees: Free
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