Panama Jungle Hiking Solo
Hiking in Panama offers so many options to choose from, mostly off the beaten path. Unlike other countries, most trails are not clearly marked and national parks have few park rangers. So, it is recommended to always go with a guide, no matter how experienced you are as a hiker. There are a few exceptions where you can go on your own, but keep this in mind as a general rule.
The Central Mountain Range has two sections along the isthmus. Talamanca Mountain Range starts in Costa Rica continuing until the west side of Panama. It covers parts of the provinces of Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui, as well some of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous territory. The second part, which is not as high, is called the Tabasará Mountain Range. This is located in the provinces of Veraguas and Cocle, including the east part of the Ngäbe-Buglé comarca.
The highest places for hiking in Panama are located within this mountain range, including the Baru Volcano with 3,475 meters making it the highest point. At 3,335 meters, Cerro Fabrega is the second highest and is part of La Amistad International Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by Panama and Costa Rica. As you can imagine, many of Panama’s most important rivers also start in this area, including Chiriquí Viejo, San Félix, and Tabasará. Some of Panama’s prettiest waterfalls can be found in this area.
You can go on long mile hiking adventures, preferably with company. Also, you can go day hiking alone in certain trails in the Panama jungle, but make sure you get prepared.
How to get prepared?
- Set your hiking plan and communicate it to someone
- Bring water and snacks. Make sure to include light but energy boosting snacks that will not be heavy to carry on
- Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing. When hiking through the Panama Jungle it is advisable to wear lightweight trekking shoes that provide ancle support as well as protection as it is possible to walk by wild animals
- Make sure to verify at what time the sun sets and calculate if your hiking plan gives you enough time. Night time hiking alone into the Panama Jungle is not advisable
- Take your time to notice the trail marks and follow them
- Wear the insect repellent of your preference
- Bring comfortable and quick drying underwear
- Sun hat and use sunblock
You can use a checklist to make sure you don’t miss out on any important items.
Cala Mia Island Resort has safely marked hiking trails in The Boca Brava Island. This island consists of 3000 hectares, 7413 acre of tropical jungle. Within these trails you will find an opportunity for day hiking alone. The resort is home to three dogs that will most certainly join you on the adventure. Step into the healing power of nature. Experience how your thoughts go silent while you walk through the jungle. More than an exercise, it’s an active meditation.