Explore the most popular Hiking trails in Panama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 days ago

the real name of the trail is Pipeline trail. excellent bird and monkey watching

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bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A hike in the jungle that will be remembered all our lives! https://www.tripteste.com/2019/09/rando-dans-la-jungle-a-boquete-au-panama.html

hiking
muddy
private property
rocky
2 months ago

Easy trail and suitable for a family hike. Make sure you stop at the massive ficus tree that’s survived at least 2 eruptions if Volcan Baru. It’s not every day you get a chance to see a 1,400 year old tree! Some beautiful farmland along the beginning of the trail. I heard monkeys but never could see them. Fairly easy and no steep sections. Use caution on the foot bridges as they’ll be a bit slippery.

hiking
2 months ago

This is written from the perspective of a fairly strong hiker. The trail is long with a huge amount of vert, 6401 feet from where the cabs/buses drop off. For being 17 miles roundtrip, the trail moves fast. It took us 4.75 hrs up at a slow pace with very few breaks. And 3 down. If you get worried you're moving too fast and don't want to be on a cold, windy summit waiting for the sunrise, you can take refuge at the camping area which is about 30 minutes below the summit. So if it's 5am and you're already at the camping zone, I'd rest here until 5.20 or 5.30 because the top is windy, cold and , if cloudy like we had it, very wet. If you feel good you can absolutely fly down because there is zero technical terrain (except at the tippy top). You can jog this in 1.5 hrs but most people take 3.5 to 4. Afterall, if your body is not accustomed to hiking, the downhill is brutal and leaves for wobbly legs.

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rocky
3 months ago

This Volcano Hike is over 13km in and 13km out on rocky, Jeep unpaved road. You should start hiking before midnight to catch the sunrise. We walked at a slow - moderate pace with plenty of breaks, 4.5hrs of hiking and 1.5hrs of breaks totaling 6hrs to make it to summit. The final part of the summit you have to rock climb to get to so be careful if it is wet or windy. It is very cold so wear layers. Bring minimum 2L of water per person. Great chance to see one or both oceans of it is a clear day. 4 hours approximately with a decent amount of breaks included in that to hike down. Spending 2 hours at the summit, our total time for this was 12 hours. Be prepared to go a long time without sleeping !

hiking
5 months ago

An amazing way to end our time at Kalu Yala!

over grown
scramble
6 months ago

I've hiked lots of others trails on this app, and would say this is more in line with a hard hike. All dust, but some parts were like a class 3 scramble.

hiking
6 months ago

Pool Crawl

hiking
7 months ago

Depending on the weather you can have a good view or just be in clouds the entire hike. There is one water crossing near the start of the trail. Half is in an open valley and half is in the rain forest. There are signs that say no hiking, but no one will stop you. Near the start of the trail, beware of dogs, I got nipped by one. It is easy to get lost at some sections, so make sure to have your all trails map downloaded. Some steep sections, would recommend only going during dry season.

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent hike! One of the best that I have done, but you have to plan for it. I would recommend about $140 cash to make this happen, although you can save money if you have a GOOD 4x4. I also highly recommend getting a guide. My guides were Ryan and Mika. Ryan is a biologist, so when we were walking, he brought my attention to all sorts of exotic plants and wildlife. Mika is new to Kalu Yala but brings her experience from living in Equador on the Amazon River to help students and adventurers explore the habitat. On the hike, we saw two different breeds of monkeys, poison dart frogs, and countless birds and insects. At the Kalu Yala camp, I met some of the most thoughtful and interesting people who are like-minded with us outdoor types. NOTE: Technically, you could do the hike for free with an excellent four-wheel drive, and moderate land navigation skills, but I do recommend the guide. Recommended Packing List: - x2 pairs of polyester/nylon socks (your feet get wet and stay wet) - Good hiking shoes that dry quickly. - Nylon/polyester pants - Polyester shirt - Swim trunks - Reef or approach shoes for the waterfall. - Camera ( I used my cellphone camera which worked fine) - Snacks - Water treatment or life straw (The hike lasts about 6 hours out and back, allowing time for pictures)

backpacking
9 months ago

I backpacked this trail solo leaving Friday around noon from the trailhead and getting to the summit at 1800 just in time to see the sunset on the Pacific side. This was a grueling uphill climb with gear to spend the night and water. I brought a total of 4L and was enough. The trail itself is a combination of packed dirt, loose rooks, and a little muddy in some places. I set up my tent just before the last uphill part before the radio towers..There’s plenty of space a bit higher next to radio towers but wind was an issue that day. Also camping is good about 1.5 km shy of the summit in this big clearing. Temp was about 35F with a steady wind near the top but people say I had a warm night so be prepared for the cold. After a good nights sleep was able to enjoy the sunrise with a nice hot cup of coffee. If you are going to backpack be ready for a great challenge.

hiking
Saturday, September 01, 2018

We hiked this trail In September 1. We did a night hike in order to arrive at the summit by sunrise. We reached the summit in about 5.5 hours moving at a slow to moderate pace, taking plenty of short breaks to rest. We spent an hour at the summit and then had a 3.5 hour hike back down. The trail itself isn’t tricky and is easy to follow. However, the steep incline of the trail, the rocky/muddy condition of the trail, and the distance made for a grueling nighttime hike. Additionally, a significant temperature change from the Panama heat at the base of the trail to near freezing conditions at the summit means you need to be extra prepared with layers of clothing. The views at the summit are killer and definitely worth the hike. However, this is definitely a trail you need to be physically and mentally prepared to tackle - particularly if it rains.

hiking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Not only is this trail hard AF, but the trail itself is junk. The trail for a huge portion is more like a gravel road for cars. It absolutely destroyed my knees on the way up so I was like a limp noodle coming down. It can be done. It's not an interesting adventure through the mountain, that's for sure. We did this as night hike leaving around midnight to arrive at the summit for the sunrise. It was ridiculously hard and you need to be carrying a lot of water, extra layers for the drop in temperature as you gain elevation, headlamp, food, etc. I would rank this as VERY HARD and if you are not prepared, it could be a disaster. For the sake of your knees, I would recommend another hike to be honest.

Friday, August 10, 2018

for the difficulty, you will have it here. My legs are still sore 2 days after the hike. 26 kilometers in one day is really rough! And going down... OMG. But one thing that is disapointing is even if the challenge is here, the quality of the trail is really bad. It's like a large route for a car. The surface can go from: sandy and rocky (witch is really unsrable and slippery) to really muddy. I would have prefer something more narrow and in the woods, slippy or not i dont care, it's just that i felt like walking in a car or VTT trail.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I hiked up Volcán Baru this last Sunday, 22nd July, 2018 with Cheryl from San Diego and Ronal the guide from Boquete Outdoor Adventures. We began at midnight reaching the sprawling antenna complex at 7.30am just below the summit finding refuge in a shelter as there were near gale force winds, torrential rain and a temperature of minus four degrees centigrade. We waited nearly three hours in the shelter before summiting, returning to the park entrance at 1.30pm. The scenery and the views are unbelievable spectacular of virgin rainforest and the surrounding towns of Boquete, Volcán and David. It was a sunrise hike which we didn’t see due to the inclement weather, nor did we see the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea which one is able to see on clear days! Definitely only for mad dogs and Englishmen.

Gorgeous once you get into the jungle and the waterfall at the end is magic. Rickety bridge crossings and moderate elevation change makes this a great choice if you only have a day or two to hike in Boquete.

hiking
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Nice moderate hike. About 1.5 miles up the trail is a quetzal nest that is a great spot for watching the male and female. See photos.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beautiful views of the valley below the whole way! Wear long pants or socks to protect from the grass, it’ll cut. Definitely worth the climb!

backpacking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This is a great loop that can be done either in a day or an overnight. There is limited water (the only source during the uphill push is in the actual town of Altos de Pacora) so be sure to pack around 3L/person. Steep uphill but so rewarding. Check out Jessica's tienda, too, once in the town. It's more hidden than the traditional tienda stop but she'll make some great food and is really welcoming.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Not that interesting. Wouldn’t do it again it’s just a long path in the ocean.

hiking
Friday, January 12, 2018

This is a beautiful and difficult hike. The hiking isn't demanding, it is the distance and elevation gain that makes it challenging. A few tips from my experience. It can be climbed in 4.5 hours, time it accordingly to catch sunrise. Total time is 8 hours without taking into account an hour to take photos at the top. My group got to the top with hours to spare and were so cold. Wear pants, several layers, hat and gloves. The top is normally 7 degrees with some wind. I completed this hike in January 2018 from the guard house. Best time December to April Trail Length: 16.77 miles / 27 km roundtrip (up and back) Elevation Gain: 7,498 feet (2,274 meters) Elevation of Volcan Baru Summit: 11,398 feet / 3,474 meters Temperature at Summit: 45 Fahrenheit / 7 Celsius (approximate lows)

This trail is near Boquete and locally called the "Pipeline Trail". It's 2.8 miles R/T, not 3.8. It takes about 1 hour and 10 mins in, less than an hour out. It follows a stream up to a box canyon where you will find the "Cascada Escondida" falls. The review by Ryan is about a different hike called "The Lost Waterfalls". Suggest: 1. Removing this review and accurately putting it under the correct trail. 2. Renaming this Trail "The Pipeline" not Boquete Waterfalls.

hiking
Friday, November 10, 2017

The magical jaguar falls! A nice hike, not to hilly nor strenuous. However, it is wet. Around 17 river crossings means a lot of walking through water. Hiking down to the actual falls is super steep but fun if you have the right attitude. And the waterfall itself is gorgeous, refreshing and a great way to spend a hot day.

hiking
Friday, November 10, 2017

This hike was good for my soul. Challenging, but awesome. Love that this trail passes through an actual town. Makes for a nice change of scenery (hillside homes and children playing) and it's awesome to be able to stock up on mid-trek snacks and candy bars. This hike will leave you feeling tired but soo fulfilled.

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