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

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1 month ago

This hike was by far one of the best. With its natural beauty of the rain forest, a crystal clear river to follow, and the 50ft+ waterfall reward at the end is something not often found. But what made it stand out for us was the seclusion. At least on the day we went, a Thursday, the two of us were the only ones on the trail.

 

The staff at Kalu Yala were extremely helpful and friendly in arranging a 4x4 and driver to pick us up and bring us back, all done at the last minute the day before via emails. Take their advice! The road into Kalu Yala, where the trailhead is, is really just a long, hot walk mostly in the sun and on very steep gravel slopes. Trying to walk in and out will just take away energy and enjoyment from the actual hike.

 

We took an Uber to the Kalu Yala basecamp in San Miguel. From there, a driver from KY picked us up, and then brought us back. The hike can be done in about 6-7 hours, depending on how much time you want to spend at the fall. I recommend planning for a pickup back at KY basecamp approximately 7-8hours after arriving.

 

Even though the hike was only about 7 miles, we burned more calories than a typical 7 miles hike. Bring extra water and snacks. The trail is appropriately labeled as HARD. At one point, you are just walking straight up the river with no trail for what seemed like 1km, climbing over rocks the entire time. The trail also gets very narrow just before the falls near the top of the side of the mountain, with dangerous drop offs. Then a roughly 100-200ft decent down a steep slope using ropes to help you up and down just before reaching the fall.

 

The water at the falls was a bit cool in February, but it was refreshing!

 

With this trail being fairly new on the All Trails app, I felt as if it hasn’t gain a lot of popularity yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long. This is a must see before it becomes over populated (hopefully not!).

 

The website below is what we went through to make contact with the staff at KY and Tresbrazos Outfitters.

 

www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

 

hiking
2 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)

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This is a steep and often HOT hike that begins in the town of San Miguel and ends at Kalu Yala. If you don't have a 4x4 vehicle, this is how to get to Kalu Yala. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to visiting.

https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
7 months ago

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This is a steep but rewarding hike that begins and ends at Kalu Yala. At the top of Cerro Prominente, you can see the Pacific Ocean and Panama City on clear days. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike.

https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
7 months ago

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This is my absolute favorite hike at Kalu Yala! Beware that this hike crosses a river many times, so rainy season flooding is a concern. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike.

https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

walking
Saturday, March 24, 2018

I walked around here in 1998. I am sure it has been updated since...

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!

Friday, January 19, 2018

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

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
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Awesome trail with breathtaking views at the top. You have to do it on a clear day but if you do you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama City, and both North and South America. Absolutely amazing

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