Altos de Campana National Park

This protected area, located near the coasts and floodplains of the town of Chame, was created in 1966 as the first national park. The topography across its 4,925 hectares rises from 400 meters above sea level at its lowest point up to the 1,030-meter Cerro la Cruz, and from this natural attraction and hilltop you have a spectacular view of both oceans and the Panama Canal basin. You can also take in panoramic views of other landscape features, such as rivers, estuaries, the rocky outcrop Espave and the Chame Bay. The area is delightful to observe wildlife and go on nature walks during the cool temperatures. At dawn and dusk a fog descends and you will find yourself surrounded by nature.

Location

Located 50 kilometers from Panama City in the province of West Panama, along the Pan-American Highway.

How to arrive

  • Car: After crossing the Bridge of the Americas, also known as Centennial Bridge, drive along the Pan-American Highway until kilometer 60. About 10 minutes after passing the village of Capira,you will see the Loma Campana park entrance on your right hand side.

  • Bus: At the Albrook Grand Terminal you can board a bus taking any of the following routes: Panama - Chame, Panama - Chitré, Coclé, Los Santos, David. Tell your bus driver that your destination is the Altos de Campana park entrance, right off the Pan-American Highway and marked with a sign on the right hand side. From there you can take a taxi up to the park ranger's booth so that you can receive an orientation, precautions, and instructions for your visit.

What to bring

  • Tent and camping gear
  • Water bottles
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Map of the site

Activities

  • Mountain hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Observe wildlife
  • Camping

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