Feeling adventurous? Panama is packed with incredible hiking and excursion options that allow visitors to explore the gorgeous landscape that makes up the "Crossroads of America." From the Chiriqui to Darien provinces, along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, you and your guests are urged to utilize Bella Vista's livery service and see the many national parks that are safe and well-maintained.
The first national park created in Panama, Altos de Campana is located as part of the El Valle de Anton volcanic range.
Located in the Chiriqui Province, the Volcan Baru sits in one of the most visited parks in all of Panama. The volcano has been dormant since 500 AD and is recommended that experienced hikers only challenge themselves to climb to the summit, which ends 11,400 feet above sea level.
A six-hour drive from Vista Mar or one-hour flight from Panama City, International Park lies in the Bocas del Toro province. Bordering Costa Rica, it's the first established bi-national biosphere reserve covering a total of 511,000 acres of land. Visitors have the option of taking a 15-minute, one-hour, or two-hour guided tour that winds along a thick but rewarding jungle trail. The journey has numerous opportunities to catch a glimpse of the more than 400 species of birds, and ends with look-out points 2000 meters above sea level that offer picturesque valley and Caribbean Sea views. Lunch can be purchased at the cafe, providing a perfect end to a spectacular hiking day-trip.
Just 15 miles north of Panama City, Soberania is the most visited national park in the country, encompassing over 55,000 acres. Located on the banks of the Panama Canal, Soberania has one of the most diverse collections of birds in the world. Upon arrival you are greeted at the park headquarters, where you can learn more about the nature trails, grab a quick bite, and plan your day.
Hiking is a must if you're visiting the park as three trails lead you safely through this lush ecosystem. Visitors also have the option of taking an guided aerial tram through the park, courtsey of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Panama takes pride in preserving its national parks for citizens and visitors. Learn more about the establishment of these parks by reading up on some Panamanian History.