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La Cruz Trail, Altos de Campana National Park

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The Basics

Type of trail: In and out
Round-trip Distance: 2.6 km (1.3 miles)
Round-trip Duration: 2-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 120 m (393 ft.)
Max Height: 945 m (3,100 ft.)
Attractions: views, forest, plants and animals
Activities: hiking, bird watching, camping
Use: Low
Rating: MODERATE
Activity combines some easy stretches with others that require more physical exertion. Applies to long walks on uneven ground (river crossings, dense vegetation, large rocks very slippery floor), or short walks on trails with steep slope.

Moderado

The Trailhead

The Altos de Campana National Park is located in the western region of the province of Panama, 60 km west of Panama City off the Inter-American Highway. The entrance to the National Park is about 5 km after Capira, at the beginning of the well-known "Loma de Campana." One at the highest point of this “Loma” there is a road that veers to the right. Take that road the park headquarters.

The trailhead is 3 miles from the headquarters of the Altos de Campana National Park. When you see a sign that says "NO ESTOY" turn right on that road and you will find a park access trail at its end.

Once parked the access trail is to your left, hike up and you will reach atable with benches. The trailhead is a short walk from the table to your right.

The Trail

Although this trail is fairly short it has steep and very eroded sections. The trail is located along a ridge and has many roots protruding that may be slippery. In a section hand rails have been placed to assist in the steeper sections. However, even with the rails you have to be careful because the trail is very eroded and slippery, especially when itrains.

But the effort is worth it because from the cross (top) provides a magnificent view of Chame Bay on the Pacific coast and the mouth of the river with its spectacular Chame mangroves. The journey, though short, is also interesting to view an abundance of flora (mosses, bromeliads, orchids) and if lucky, wildlife.

Seasonal Elements:

Dry Season - Dry Path. Wind at the top.
Rainy Season - Slippery Wind at the top.

The History

It was the first national park established in Panama in 1966.

Facilities

At the trailhead there are benches to sit on and a table.

Additional Information:
http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307&Itemid=322&lang=en

The Tips

We recommend using a guide. The trail is not well marked and you can get lost.

Do not walk alone. If something happens to you is good to have a companion who can help you.

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
  • Hikers first-aid kit

Hours, Fees, Local Guides

Management: National Environmental Authority (Altos de Campana National Park)

Hours: Monday to Sunday / 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm

Fees:
Foreign Visitors B /. 5.00
National Visitors - B /. 3.00
National Student - B /. 1.00
Retired - B /. 1.50

Contact Information: ANAM Regional Administration Office for Panama Oeste - (507) 234-2848 / (507) 254-3048

National Protected Areas Office: (507) 500-0855 / (507) 500-0839

Additional Information:
http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307&Itemid=322&lang=en

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