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Las Yayas Falls

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The Basics

Type of trail: Loop
Distance: 0.2 miles (350 meters)
Duration: 15-30 min.
Elevation Gain: 173 ft. (53 meters)
Max Height: 1,515 ft. (462 meters)
Attractions: Forest, river, waterfalls, wildlife
Activities: Hiking, birding, swimming
Use: moderate

Rating: EASY
Activity involves some physical effort but with relative comfort. This applies to short walks on partially paved paths, or well-maintained trails with little or no incline.

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The Trailhead

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. 10 minutes after Barrigón you will see signs to your left. From Las Yayas to Omar Torrijos National Park is just 3Km up the road.

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. 10 minutes after Barrigón you will see signs to your left. From Las Yayas to Omar Torrijos National Park is just 3Km up the road.

The Trail

This attraction is in the buffer zone of Omar Torrijos National Park. The trail is entirely paved with stairs and railings that allow you to easily reach each of the three waterfalls of travel. You can swim in any of the three with its crystal clear pools.

Seasonal Elements:

Dry Season (Jan-March): Very nice
Rainy (April – Dec): Very nice, just watch for afternoon rains

Facilities

The trail is maintained by a community organization called Barrigoñeros Organized for Environmental Conservation (BOCA in Spanish). Aside from keeping the trail they keep up 2 rustic cabins with a kitchen. The last waterfall has a bohio and there is a kiosk that sells snacks at the entrance.

The Tips

Browse some of the trails in the Omar Torrijos National Park, go for a hike, and on the way back chill out in Las Yayas. 

  • If it starts raining get out of the water, a surge could be on its way up river
  • No guide is needed for this attraction


What to Bring:

  • Towels

Hours, Fees, Local Guides

Management: Community run - Barrigoñeros Organized for Environmental Conservation (BOCA in Spanish).

Hours: Monday - Sunday 7am – 8pm

Fees:
International: $2.00
National: $1.00
Cabins: $ 10.00 per person per night – includes use of kitchen and access to waterfalls

Telephones

BOCA – 6809-6372 – Mr. Pastor Arcia

Local Guides:

  • BOCA offers guide services to Omar Torrijos National Park (Spanish only)
  • Macedonio Perez 6549-7321 (Spanish only)

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

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