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Hike & Paddle Camino de Cruces

One of the fascinating features of Panama City is that just a few minutes away from downtown you can find yourself immersed in a remote jungle. So if you don’t have the time or the equipment to join one of our more involved and long expeditions, here’s a great day hike adventure.

Camino de Cruces, the colonial “sister" trail of the Camino Real, traverses two national parks northwest of Panama City, and ends on the Chagres River just before it meets the Panama Canal. This trail is far better known, and better preserved than its counterpart, so occasionally small groups of hikers attempt this hike. We’ve added our own little twist to this Panamanian classic by introducing our new line of packrafts. So now, instead of just ending the hike and waiting for a boat to pick you up, you actually get to inflate your own ultralight cruiser and paddle downriver towards the Panama Canal.

Along the way your guide interprets the natural wonders, as well as the fascinating history of this Trans Isthmian thoroughfare.

Notes: This hike can be organized on short-notice however, due to our other commitments, we kindly ask that you contact us as soon as possible in order to put it all together.

The hike entails 12Km walking on irregular jungle terrain (some loose cobblestone, as well as tree roots and branches) and 3.5Km paddling on a packraft. Sturdy footwear and good ankles are necessary, as well as sun protection.