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La Paz Loop - Omar Torrijos National Park

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The Basics

Type of trail: Loop
Round-trip Distance: 3.7 miles (5.9 km)
Round-trip Time: 2:30 hours
Elevation Gain: 123 m. (403 ft.)
Max Height: 816 m (2,677 ft.)
Attractions: cloud forest, rivers, plants and animals
Activities: hiking, bird watching
Use: low
Rating: 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 shortwalks on trails with steep slope .

Moderado

The Trailhead

You must have 4x4 to reach the park. 

From Panama City (East): 17 km after Penonomé off the Inter-American Highway to your right is the community of La Candelaria. Take a right at the sign announcing Omar Torrijos National Park. Take that road to the community of El Cope (approx. 35 km) and then keep going up through the community of Barrigón. The asphalt road ends and turns into a dirt road all the way up to the park headquarters.

From Nata (West): 14 km after Natá along the Inter-American Highway is the community of La Candelaria. Take a right at the sign announcing Omar Torrijos National Park. Take that road to the community of El Cope (approx. 35 km) and then keep going up through the community of Barrigón. The asphalt road ends and turns into a dirt road all the way up to the park headquarters.


The Trail

The trailhead of this circuit begins opposite the Park headquarters. The first section of the loop is called the Peace Corps Trail. The trail is very narrow and have any signage until you reach the trail meets the Rana Dorada trail. This trail section has better signage and is fairly straight forward. Be sure to go with guide at the trail is being rerouted and you may get lost if you followsome of the new openings.The loop will allow you to see mature cloud forest and several creeks without bridges. There are bridges once you reach the Rana Dorada Trail.

Seasonal Elements:
Dry Season - Accessible

Rainy Season - Path slippery in sections, streams may be high after rains, landslides are a hazard

Facilities

At the headquarters there is a bathroom, and a cabin you can rent.

The Tips

Go with a local guide that is part of a community operated tourism cooperative. This way you won’t get lost and help support the local economy.

Even if you think you know the trail we recommend using a guide that will be there in case of an emergency.

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 (optional)
Hiking First Aid Kit

 

The Hours, Fees, Local Guides

Management: National Government (Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente
Hours: 8AM-5PM

Fees:
National Students- B. 1.00
National Visitors - B. 3.00
Foreign Visitors B. 5.00
Seniors - B. 1.50

Contact Information:
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)

Additional Information:
http://www.anam.gob.pa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=321&Itemid=322&lang=en

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