Round-trip Distance: 20.9 km (13 miles)
Round-trip Duration of course: 6-8 hours
Elevation Gain: 693 m (2,273 ft)
Max Height: 1022 m (3,353 ft)
Attractions: Cloud Forest, view historical element, rural life, rivers, waterfalls, plants and animals
Activities: Hiking, bird watching
Use: Low (tourists) moderate (residents)
Activity requires good physical condition. It applies to roads that could be dangerous in some parts and should be traveled with care. Routes could pass for areas in poor or where there is no marked trail, or when the terrain is very steep and requires some skill to negotiate.
From Panama City (East): 17 km after Penonomé, Cocle off the Inter-American Highway to your right is the community of La Candelaria. You will a sign announcing Omar Torrijos National Park. Take the road up to the Community of El Cope (approx. 35 km). Take the first right once in El Cope. Drive for approx. 30 minutes to reach the community of Santa Marta.
From Natá (West): 14 km after Natá on the Interamerican Highway is the community of La Cadelaria. Turn left and take the road up to the Community of El Cope (approx. 35 km). Take the first right once in El Cope. Drive for approx. 30 minutes to reach the community of Santa Marta.
Once in the park you will begin a steep climb up a trail through the cloud forest. There are rest areas and bridges to cross streams. When you get near the top you see the remains of the plane in which the General Omar Torrijos died. You can than take the trail up to the top of the cerro. At the top there may be high winds, but on clear days you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Located approximately 45 minutes from the start of the trailhead is the Tigrero Waterfall. We recommend visiting the waterfall on the way back. It is very refreshing.
Dry Season: Wind in the top
Rainy Season: Path s slippery in sections, rivers may be high after rains
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What to Bring:
The Hours, Fees, Local Guides
Hours: N/A but recommend you start your hike early
Fees: Guide’s rate
Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos Administration: (507) 997-9077
Regional ANAM Administration office en Coclé - (507) 997-9805 / (507) 997-7538
National Protected Areas Department: (507) 500-0855 / (507) 500-0839
Local Guides:Macedonio Perez 6549-7321 (Spanish Only)
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