Type of trail: Loop Round-trip Distance: 2 km Round-trip time: 1:30 – 2 hours Elevation Gain: 102 m. (334 ft) Max Height: 2,218 m (7,493 ft) Attractions: cloud forest, plants and animals, streams Activities: hiking, camping, bird watching Usage: Moderate Level of difficulty: 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.
From Cerro Punta head towards Las Nubes (about 6km northwest of Cerro Punta) right after the park entrance to your right is the restaurant run by the La Amistad Agro-ecotourist Association (they are open for breakfast and lunch - see contact info below on " local guides"). Keep the main road and you will arrive at the ranger station. The trailhead is very close to the station.
This trail will allow you to get a first hand view of a tropical cloud forest. It is a journey filled with streams, lovely mossy bridges and a gallery of gigantic trees. The trail shares the same access at the Sendero La Cascada. It is a fairly well marked trail from the beginning and very accessible. The trial ends on the main access road and if you turn left you will return to the ranger station. Seasonal Elements: Dry Season: never really stops raining, just rains less. Rainy Season: muddy, slippery trail in sections. Additional Information:http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=320&Itemid=322&lang=es
The park ranger station has facilities (restroom, sitting area, fire place and picnic area). Visitors can sleep at the station with reservations. Additional Information: http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=328&Itemid=322&lang=es
What to Bring:
- Enough water
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Hikers First aid kit
- Enough food
- Waterproof clothing
- Head lamp
- Hiking poles
THE HOURS, FEES, LOCAL GUIDES
Management: National Government (ANAM) Hours: 8 am - 4 pm Fees: National Students- B. 1.00 National Visitors - B. 3.00 National Seniors - B. 1.50 Foreign Visitors - B. 5.00 Local Guides: The Amistad Agro-ecotourism Association: This association is managed by local community women. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. They can also provide guides for the trails. Tels - 771-2620, 6956-6446, 771-2612 Contact Information: National Park offices Tel: (507) 775-2055 National Protected Area (ANAM) Regional Office, David – Tel: (507) 774-6671 Boquete - ( 507 ) -720-3057 National Protected Areas Department: (507) 500-0855 / (507) 500-0839 Información Adicional: http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=320&Itemid=322&lang=es
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