Ancon Hill
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  • 405kerryanne
    Greenfield Center, New York11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    First, we walked up early in the day to avoid the heat which is important with the heat index in January. There was a really nice gentleman half way up selling water. A plus because we did not bring any. The views were amazing from both sides of the Mtn., and the air was fairly pretty clear, so the photo ops were good. Did not see any wildlife except birds and a couple of butterflies, but still really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend, and if you’re not the hiking type there are chairs along the way to stop and rest.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Laura M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful nature experience in the city!
    Very beautiful! I saw a lot of different animals. I am a young girl, I went alone and felt so safe. The walk is about 30min and 30min to come back. The jungle and the view are wonderful. I recommend 100%!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 February 2024
  • HBandWF
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk for the wildlife and views
    Took an Uber (as recommended by hotel - not really walkable from old town) to Mi Pueblito. Walk begins from the left of the cultural center. Easy paved path to views of canal, Miraflores locks, the old and new Panama City. We saw 3 slots which was amazing as well as lots of birds. Well worth the walk. Bring water and a hat because although it’s in the forest, there are lots of hot, sunny spots.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2024
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Marilyn E
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Once we headed in right direction, headed up stairs, it was an Easy climb, saw 6 sloths and beautiful views. Finish off with more stairs but worth the effort.
Written 3 April 2024
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Walter P
Brantford, Canada105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I’m not going to lie, the walk up was moderate for sure. But boy was it worth it. The views are breathtaking and we got to see sloths and Tucans in their natural habitat. For something that is free to do it should be on your list.
Written 1 March 2024
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HBandWF
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Took an Uber (as recommended by hotel - not really walkable from old town) to Mi Pueblito. Walk begins from the left of the cultural center. Easy paved path to views of canal, Miraflores locks, the old and new Panama City. We saw 3 slots which was amazing as well as lots of birds. Well worth the walk. Bring water and a hat because although it’s in the forest, there are lots of hot, sunny spots.
Written 28 February 2024
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Laura M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Very beautiful! I saw a lot of different animals. I am a young girl, I went alone and felt so safe. The walk is about 30min and 30min to come back. The jungle and the view are wonderful. I recommend 100%!
Written 24 February 2024
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Dorcy Y
Missoula, MT6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We casually sauntered along the curvy road that led us to the tippy-top of a hill, giving us a view that would make your jaw drop. No cars in sight, so we could soak up the whole shebang. And guess what? We lucked out and caught a glimpse of a sloth, a bunch of birds, and the biggest flag I've ever seen. Talk about a workout with a view!
Written 19 February 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Amazing views of both the canal side and city side. The hike is NOT bad. Paved the whole way. Not steep. You should do it for the views.
Written 5 February 2024
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405kerryanne
Greenfield Center, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
First, we walked up early in the day to avoid the heat which is important with the heat index in January.
There was a really nice gentleman half way up selling water. A plus because we did not bring any.
The views were amazing from both sides of the Mtn., and the air was fairly pretty clear, so the photo ops were good.
Did not see any wildlife except birds and a couple of butterflies, but still really enjoyed it.
Would highly recommend, and if you’re not the hiking type there are chairs along the way to stop and rest.
Written 25 January 2024
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Darius W
Trinidad2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Fitness level needed should be average to casual athletic. Very very good road all the way up with a few sitting area to stop and catch your breath or take pics. Have water (it’s a hill) and a snack available before you start though. I absolutely loved it and will do it again.
Written 5 August 2023
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Cerra Ancon is the highest point in Panama City at 654 feet. It is a great early morning trek, as the Park opens at 6am. There are two routes to do this 1km trek. The easiest is probably to take a taxi to Quarry Heights Road, and walk up the stairs. It should be noted that parking is not allowed on this road, unless using the western approach. I walked 15 minutes south on Martyrs Avenue to reach Quarry Heights Road, which also features Mi Pueblito, a popular tourist attraction. The other option is to approach from the west, where the Panama Canal Administration building is located.

The trek to the top takes 25 - 30 minutes at an easy pace, and there is much tree cover and views along the way. Near to the top is the first lookout point, which is reached by climbing steps with a yellow handrail. There are also a few storyboards which provide history on the site. Note that the path branches to the right and left, and there are lookout points at either section. As you continue on the path past the lookout points, the huge Panama Flag will come into view. There is a short trek uphill to reach this area. The closed gate to the flag area indicates the end of the trek.

At the top is a sculpture of the poet, Amelia Denis de Icaza, who wrote a famous poem which lamented being unable to access the hill where she played in her childhood. Amelia had migrated to Guatemala, and on her return to Panama City realised that this area was under US control and off limits, as it was being used as a quarry and had administration buildings for the canal construction. There is also a monument highlighting the 1977 agreement between Panama and the USA, the Torrijos-Carter Treaty, which returned the Canal Zone to Panama.

In the 17th century, the Spanish used this area as a lookout point. This wasn't effective as Henry Morgan attacked and destroyed the city in 1671. The hill symbolizes the struggle for Panama to achieve sovereignty over the Panama canal. After visiting this area, take a another trek to the Goethals monument which can be accessed by continuing west on Quarry Heights Road and turning left on C Gorgas. The views from the Canal Administration building are great
Written 4 July 2023
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Ancon Hill looms over the city, and a steady 30 minute walk to the top provides many opportunities to spot local wildlife, including sloths, admire the lush vegetation and flowers, and enjoy views of the city and Canal. Take an uber to get there, as I don't think local transportation will do it; also, go prepared with water, sun screen, snacks, etc. as there is no place to buy anything. It can be a hot trek, but remember it's not a race, and you will be fine.
Written 8 April 2023
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