Isla Cañas National Park

Isla Cañas National Park in Panama is particularly significant for the two archaeological sites found in the area, which are dated to be over 1,600 years old.

The refuge also protects important mangrove ecosystems that provide habitat for different marine species. A picturesque fishing village nearby supports staff of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) in protecting and managing the thousands of sea turtles that swim to its shores to nest every year.


The park is located in Tonosí, Los Santos province, south of the Azuero Peninsula on the Pacific coast, covering an area of 2,200 hectares.

How to arrive

  • Car: From Panama City, drive for about four hours on the Pan-American Highway to the city of Chitré, and from there to the city of Las Tablas in the Los Santos Province. It is then about another two hours to reach the town of Cañas in Tonosí. At the small pier in Cañas, board a boat for a 10 minute ride through a mangrove canal towards the picturesque village of Isla Cañas.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent


  • Sea turtle watching
  • Hiking on trails around the island
  • Boat rides