pianista4-27-ltr-2 Another Day, Another Adventure Hiking in Panama The Expat Life The Great Outdoors
The rain-soaked gang at the Continental Divide, at about 6,000 feet. If you pushed us backwards would we roll into the Caribbean? (photo credit: Larry Wilkinson)

I’ve never given the Continental Divide much thought. In the states I’d driven over it a few times but never imagined I’d actually be standing on it someday in, of all places, Panama. In this country it’s the geographical dividing line at which water drains (eventually) either to the Pacific or to the Caribbean. Of course, it’s much lower here than in the Rockies but Panama is a skinny country (hence its designation as an isthmus). In fact, on a clear day it’s possible to see both oceans from the top of Volcan Baru, our highest mountain.

Wednesday, we joined Jere McCormick’s hiking group for a rainy, muddy, and breathtakingly beautiful hike up the Pianista Trail out of Boquete. It’s billed as a moderate-difficulty hike but offered plenty of challenge for this creaky, middle-aged group!

(Small plug for Jere: She not only leads two weekly hiking groups but also hosts a newcomers’ social every month for newly arrived as well as wanna-be expats. Joining her hikes is a great way to learn the trails, and she’s a font of knowledge about the area’s flora and fauna. Here’s her website.)






  1. Wish I was there for this hike! You guys are living the dream in paradise.

  2. I just saw your post about your hike to the Continental Divide and love your pictures. Thanks for making us feel like we are experiencing that beautiful scenery with you!

  3. Wow! That picture of the bird looks like it could be a painting! Looks like a blast, guys! Hope you’re both doing well 🙂

  4. Pingback: Boquete’s Sendero El Pianista (The Pianist Trail) – Latitude Adjustment

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