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.
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