Senderos Canal

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Type of trail: In and out
Round-trip Distance: 13 Km (8 miles)
Duration: 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 130 m (426 ft.)
Max Height: 238 m (780 ft)
Attractions: Forest, stream, waterfalls, plants and wildlife
Activities: walking, hiking, bird watching, running, mountain biking
Use: Moderate
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.



Follow Gaillard Highway (which takes you to the town of Gamboa). The parking lot is located 5 KM after Summit Municipal Park on the right. It is at the entrance to the Canopy Tower Lodge.

Additional Info:


Plantion Road is a trail with a gentle slope that passes through a mature dry rain forest. The route runs along the Rio Chico Matambí.

You can see waterfalls and a variety of tropical plants and wildlife. The trail ends at the intersection with the historic Camino de Cruces Trail.

Alternative Routes:
  • When you reach the end of Plantation Road you will come to the half-way point of Camino de Cruces where you have the choice to do the following
  • Return the way you came.
  • Continue north (right) and hike the remaining 6 km (3.7 miles) of Camino de Cruces. This second half of the trail is not well marked and there are sections where, if you do not know where to go you will get lost. The Camino ends at the ruins of the old town of Venta de Cruces at the edge of the Rio Chagres, therefore no terrestrial exit. We suggest you make reservations to have a boat you up.
  • Continue South (your right) and hike 4.1 miles along the Camino de Cruces until you reach the Madden Highway. Make sure you have made transportation arraignments to get picked up at this alternate exit.There have been robberies at the intersection with Camino de Cruces on weekends. There is now police presence on weekends. For safety it is recommended not to go alone.
  • Please click Camino de Cruces for more information in this trail.

Seasonal Elements:
Accessible year round


During the construction of the Panama Canal this trail was improved and turned into a 4.8 km road between the towns of Emperador and Plantation Cascades. At the time this was the first paved road in the interior of Panama. This trail is the vestige of Plantation Road and along it you can still find remnants of the plantations of cacao, rubber trees and coffee.


Along the first 1.5 km (0.9 miles) there are benches to sit and have a picnic

Additional Information:


  • The Trail is very pronounced and you don’t need a guide, but if you want to learn more about the wildlife and history of the area,a guide can be very helpful.
  • There have been robberies at the intersection with Camino de Cruces on weekends. There is police presence on weekends.

For safety it is recommended not to go alone.

What to Bring:

  1. Enough Water
  2. Enough Food
  3. Shoes with good soles or Hiking boots (do not wear flip-flops)
  4. Rain jacket (rainy season) Repellent (optional)
  5. Hiking Poles (optional)
  6. Head lamp
  7. Hikers first-aid kit


Management: National Government - Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM)

Hours: Monday - Sunday 8:30 - 4:30 (Soberanía National Park Ranger Station)

International: $5.00
National: $3.00

Contact Information:
Soberanía National Park: (507) 232-4192
ANAM Metro Regional office:(507) 500-0908
National Department of Protected Areas: (507) 500-0855 - (507) 500-0839

Additional Info:

Local Guides:
Rogelio Nuñez - (507) 6618-9062
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Boat ferrying services for Chagres River crossings


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