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“Trails not great from Las Nubes/Cerro Punta side”

La Amistad National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bridging both Costa Rica and Panama, this World Heritage Site is where 75 percent of all migrating birds in the Western Hemisphere converge twice each year.
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We were underwhelmed with the hiking trails from the Las Nubes rangers station side (near Cerro Punta, Panama). We tried the shorter El Retorno and some of La Cascada. We paid our $5 entry fee and asked the ranger whether the trails were easy to follow. He said no problem. On El Retorno we lost the trail a couple of times because it was so poorly maintained. Then we came to a creek and could not find a trail on the other side, so we turned back. La Cascada followed a dry creekbed straight up for the first half an hour. It was really rocky and the scenery/vegetation was not too exciting so we turned around. These trails were a bit of a let down after beautiful hiking near Boquete the day before. It wasn't really worth the drive to the other side of Volcan Baru (although the drive itself was nice). Also the park was hard to find, since there was no sign in Cerro Punta, and locals didn't seem to know where it was. The road was very bad for the last half mile to the ranger station (too low of clearance with our rental car), so we parked and walked in. We were the only people in the park that day, so I guess it's not very popular. Maybe with a guide it would have been better, but I think there are other hikes more worth your time.

1  Thank Christina M
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

We stayed for a week in April at Los Quetzals in cabin 8. Which is right inside the border for La Amistad International Park. The cloud forest scenery is truly stunning. Very prehistoric looking. We saw a total of 5 Quetzals, 3 females & 2 males all right at the cabin. We also had nightly visits from the cacomistles and kinkajous (remember to bring them bananas and they will be there like clockwork every night) We also tracked a Puma up the Milenio trail and saw a tarantula! Don’t forget to bring a UV flashlight to see all of the fluorescing critters at night too.

Side note: As others have mentioned, it does get very cold in the evening, we had a fire most nights. Bring something warm. It’s a unique experience to be in such a beautiful cloud forest, but have chilly nights. Because of this there are very few mosquitos too, which was great!

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Reviewed 23 April 2015

So cute. AT dusk go to Los quetzales Hotel and the staff will bring you, equipped with a bunch of bananas deep into the park to one of their cabanas and there you will open the bananas, reak them apart and if you are very quiet you will see the kinkajous or honey bears in spanish descend from the pines to eat the bananas if you are extra quiet and lucky these shy adorable creatures may come right up to you and eat the banana right out of your hand. Also here in Guadalupe where the national park sits outside of cerro punta in the highlands of chiriqui province, you will find Dracula's orchid. A gorgeous giant orchid. This park is stunning and prisitine.

1  Thank Li Ana M
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Go with a guide as you'll get a lot more out of it. The terrain is quite difficult so where good shoes with ankle support. Lots of different birds here

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is the real thing and a fabulous opportunity. We contacted a name through the website and a Naso guide (Adolfo) arranged the whole thing; an hour and half boat trip up and down a jungle river, three hour guided hike in park, hot lunch, and ride to and from boat . Exceptionally well organized. It was not super challenging day but an unique adventure.

The Nasos who do all this are very warm people and very gracious even though some will hide from your camera. Children are shy at first but warm up quickly. They are relatively new to tourism and work hard to make it a positive experience. It cost $145 total for 4 people which compared to other places is very good value for money. All of us very impressed.

It is also possible to stay with a family in the village for a longer period than a day which is what we will do next time.

9  Thank stro_eedy
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