For lovers of mountains and outdoor camping, the perfect place does exist. It is at San Carlos Lagoon, located 800 meters above sea level and about two hours from Panama City. It is not natural but a man-made lagoon, formed on the slopes of Picacho Hill (1,182 m). The water is hued an interesting shade of green, as its surface reflects the surrounding mountains. The lagoon is not large and can be easily walked around in 15 minutes. Only rainwater fills the lagoon, as there are no rivers that empty into it. Therefore, the level can fluctuate by almost 2 meters between dry and rainy seasons.
From your camping site, you can take advantage of several paths and climb up the mountain to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the landscape and the Pacific. If you plan to camp, don't forget to bring appropriate clothing to ward off the occasional chilly breeze. It's also a good idea to bring mosquito repellent. You can buy essential goods at a kiosk 15 minutes from the lagoon, but you should bring your own food and plenty of water.
Located west of Cerro Picacho, in the town of La Laguna, township of La Laguna, district of San Carlos.
How to arrive?
Car: The entrance to the Lagoon is about 300 meters from the entrance to Coronado. Turn right there and after around 19 km you will find the town of La Laguna. Only 3.3 km ahead the highway becomes a dirt road. When you reach the fork in the road, turn right and at the end is the entrance to the lagoon.
Bus: You can board one of the Las Lajas buses that will transport visitors to the town of La Laguna. After a 10 minute walk you will be there.
What to bring?
Observation of flora and fauna