We love to hike Cerro Ancon! Cerro Ancón (or Ancon Hill) is the highest point in Panama City and boasts sweeping views of the city and canal.
The only way to get to the top and soak up the views is to hike. You do not need a guide — just an Uber or taxi driver who can get you to one of the trailheads.
Choose one of the starting points indicated on the right — either from Mi Pueblito or Edificio de La Administración del Canal de Panamá — and hike up a gravel path in a forest filled with wildlife. Keep your eye out for toucans, agoutis, monkeys, slothes, armadillos, coatis and deer as you ascend to the summit!
At the top of the mountain, you’ll find the largest Panamanian flag in the country, which was installed in 1979 to memorialize the signing of the treaty with the U.S. that would return the Canal Zone to the Panamanian people.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water in case you don’t encounter the guy selling it along the path!
(It is not recommended to take the hike by yourself as robberies have occurred despite the presence of police.)
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