Lost in Panama: On the way to the 3 Lost Waterfalls
April 20, 2015
The signs we used for guidance
After being in Boquete for 3 weeks we finally did our first hike though we didn’t get to our desired destination. We were dropped off in front of a group of signs and two different options for our walk/hike. We went up the street towards Sendero Los Quetzales and The 3 Lost Waterfalls (1.2 km). Our goal was the waterfalls. We rolled into a trail and paid a $5 entrance fee to Sendero Agroeco Trail, less frequented than the other hikes nearby.
We saw waterfall on the sign so we went in
Farms and valleys surrounded by cloud forests
Views from the road
When we got to the first (and only) waterfall we looked for the trail to continue it’s loop… It didn’t. We took our shoes off and went across the creek and found a muddy “trail.” We figured that wasn’t the continuation of the trail. Oh well, we simply turned around and went back the same way we came in. During the hike we saw farm animals grazing, farmers working, went up to a panoramic viewpoint, and walked through a cloudforest with lots of birds. The trail ended at a single waterfall where I would later slip my foot into the water when walking across the little creek. Wet squishy shoes suck on a hike.
El Tatica and the entrance to the cloudforest
1711 m = 5613 ft
Looking for a trail that doesn’t exist
The price of entrance was a bit much considering how short the hike was. When we got back to the main road we hopped in a minivan that took us through a road looped back into town. Coincidentally we ended up passing by the entrance of The 3 Lost Waterfalls less than half a kilometer from where we entered our trail. Then we saw the entrance to the Los Quetzales trail and Volcan Baru entrance (one of apparently many). We will be back to hopefully all 3 hikes.
Mark in front of El Tatica
You can take a minivan from town to Bajo Mono (the starting point for all these trails). Ask them to take you straight to the specific trail you are wanting to hike.
$5-6 taxi ride to get to the crossroads, we went from Jaramillo Arriba (2.3 km from the bridge near la feria)
A wife and hubby on a 365 travel date honeymoon. Choosing to travel in love and love in travel. Former teacher and interior designer in China. Current backpacking entrepreneurs looking at ways to continue the honeymoon.