As the largest nature reserve in Central America, Amistad International Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the Panama/Costa Rica border and is managed by both countries. The Panama gateway to the park is near Cerro Punta, a lovely farming community northwest of Boquete and on the far side of Volcan Baru. When we lived in Panama, the area was one of our favorite places for a weekend visit.
One one of our most memorable hikes at Amistad International Park, we started from the Las Nubes Ranger Station just out of Cerro Punta.
We were pleasantly surprised to find an almost-paved road all the way up to the Las Nubes station, much improved from our previous visit to Cerro Punta. The ranger station is easy to find, a few klicks northeast of town.
From there, we huffed up to 8,000 feet on Sendero La Cascada and then back down into a steep ravine to reach a lovely waterfall.
Amistad International Park is a true cloud forest. Even in this month, the driest in Panama, the forest was dripping and other-worldly. Since the panoramic views were shrouded by fog, we took in the fantastically detailed flora instead. Surrounded by so many exotic plants, much of them looking like holdovers from some prehistoric age, we kept expecting a velociraptor or T-rex to surprise us around the next bend!