The 8-mile Camino de Cruces Trail takes visitors through 4,000 hectares of primarily tropical forest that connects the Metropolitan Natural Park and the Soberania National Park. Freshwater birds can be seen by the ponds located at the start of Chiva Chiva Road. Follow the road and discover a variety of birds, flora and fauna. The Camino de Cruces Trail was originally used in the 16th and 17th centuries by Spanish plunderers to haul gold from Peru by mule across the Isthmus of Panama on its way to Spain. This trail was also used as a path for fortune seekers transiting the isthmus during the 1849-1950 California Gold Rush.
|PICK UP||At your hotel in Panama City at the appropriate time.|
|WHAT TO WEAR||
Comfortable hiking boots and light leisure clothing, jacket, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. A hat and sunglasses are recommended. Hiking shoes and a small backpack are highly recommended.
Early this morning you will be picked up at the lobby of your hotel by an EcoCircuitos guide for a 45-minute drive to Camino de Cruces (Las Cruces Trail). This historic stone trail was built by the Spanish in the early years of the colony to join the Old Panama City, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with Fort San Lorenzo, by the mouth of the mighty Chagres River on the Caribbean Sea. You will hike a 9.5 km (6 miles) stretch of the trail (approx. 5 hours) that has been protected within the Soberania National Park. The mostly flat trail takes you through magnificent rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife and historic landmarks. This road served the Spanish well for more than three centuries. Many treasure trains passed through this road as they moved the treasures from Peru and the Pacific to the Atlantic and then on to Spain. Merchandise from Spain, and her colonies were transported to Panama, which was the center for trade, for Central and South America. After completing the 9.5 km of road you will reach the ruins of the town of Venta de Cruces, by the Chagres River, where our local Embera guide will be waiting for you to take yo to the community for lunch. In the community you will learn about their traditions and customs and then you will head back to the pier in Gamboa for your return to the Panama City.
NOTE AND DETAILS: This tour leaves early in the morning and is a full day adventure that will take 6 – 8 hours long. This trail requires good physical condition and will take you through rivers and muddy, slippery, rugged and uneven rainforest terrain. It is recommended to bring another set of sandals and clothes in your backpack. You will have to sign a release of responsibility form.