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“Amazing hike!”

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.
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

This park was a bit hard to find but it was well worth the search. Once you enter the gates you drive through a muddy unpaved, narrow road. Eventually you get to a paved section of the road that takes you to a ranger station. There was no one there when we arrived. We ran into some helpful people who told us that some of the trails were too muddy and impassible but recommended the easiest of the hikes—retorno. The foliage is so beautiful and we saw many birds. We got to a small river that we could have waded across but we didn’t want to get our clothes wet so we chose to turn around and backtrack. The path was clear but quite muddy so wear good shoes. It was pretty chilly as well and it rained on and off throughout our hike.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We rented a car for the 96km drive from Boquete. The decent road zig zags all around Volcan Baru with numerous hairpins dealing with stream crossings. With interrupted cell phone coverage and lack of road signs, I needed to stop at 3 junctions to inquire of locals, "which way to Cerro Punta"?.
The scenery was lush with huge roadside bougainvillea, orange groves, dairy farms, horse ranch, then countless truck farms and green houses growing all vegetables up to the steep forest.
Finally reaching La Amistad National Park entrance, we simply opened the gate and drove in. The stony/rocky road was difficult up to the unoccupied ranger station with restrooms, World Heritage sign, and trail descriptions. We tried walking the 2 trails but we were unprepared for mud and dripping rain forest.
That's what this reserve is all about and we appreciate the existence of 401,000 hectares across the Talamanca Range in both Costa Rica and Panama.
We retreated downhill to the tended landscape of workers picking potatoes and moving irrigation pipe, heading back to Boquete.

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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.

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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.

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