Trailhead Sendero los Quetzales | Informal Campsite

Panama

Details

Last Visited: almost 2 years ago
GPS: 8.844840, -82.533350
Altitude: 2506.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Non-Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Unknown

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Description

This is the last point you can drive up to do the Sendero los Quetzales. The last 2 km are steep, bumpy and wet in rainy season (did it with a VW T3 Syncro), but there are possibilities to turn around if it doesn't work out. Maybe big rigs have a problem, there are some trees in the way and there's not much space in the parking. Camping was 6 usd/car (they told us that the normal price would be 6usd per person!), we walked 4.5 km and turned around, nice hike, steep way back, at least worth to go until Mirador las Rocas (2.5km).

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Tiny space available for camping. Guard house was empty so we didn’t pay for park entrance or camping. Visitor’s Center was locked up tight so no bathrooms. Road is rocky but not too muddy, we arrived in the rain. Gorgeous place, tranquil... we didn’t see a soul for two days. Saw quetzal on the trail!
Recommend!

Easy to drive. Great spot to camp. Free, bathrooms, great view and very quiet at night.

Before going to the trail you need to register in the small house on the right side of the road. Normally there is a ranger who can also give you advice about the trail.
On the trail we met only 1 couple of other travelers: they've got stuck with Toyota Rav4 in the middle of the road, but we made it with Toyota 4Runner without any problem. Just prepare yourself for a tough road. I wouldn't drive it in the rainy season without 4*4.
And the WOW point, we've seen a quetzal while driving from the trail, near the potato fields! But none on the trail (it was still beautiful).

At the end of a very steep and muddy road to the volcano - we used four wheel drive and low gear. We were allowed to camp in the very small parking lot. Toilet at the Visitor Center.