Project Description

hike cerro ancon

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.)

Click here to check out our other recommendations for things to do in Panama City!

info & directions:

Cost: Free
Type of hike: Round Trip
Distance: 4 km total)
Duration: Appx 1-1/2-2 hours
Elevation: 120 meters (393 feet)
Difficulty: Moderate (mostly because of the heat!)
Facilities: There is a bathroom at the top

To get to the starting point for the hike up Cerro Ancon, drive or be driven to one of the two entrances — one is located at the southeastern foot next to the Mi Pueblito Tourist Center on Av. de los Mártires and the second is from the Edificio de La Administración del Canal de Panamá (Panama Canal administration building).

Directions to Mi Pueblito — Take Avenida de los Mártires towards the Bridge of the Americas until you see Mi Pueblito and the entrance to Cerro Ancón.

mi pueblito entrance map

The other option is to take the Quarry Heights Trail from the Panama Canal Administration building.

Edificio de La Administración del Canal de Panamá entrance map