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This scenic trail takes hikers through the clouds across the Chiriquis...

This scenic trail takes hikers through the clouds across the Chiriquis Rainforest Reserve and around the foothills of Baru Volcano, the highest peak in Panama.

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Uphill is more strenuous but easier on the knees

We hiked the Quetzal trail in June. Saw no Quetzals but early on heard howler monkeys taunting us in the distance. Never saw them either. some other hikers said they saw a... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2013
Los Angeles, California

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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed walking part of the Quetzel trail yesterday. Fun but strenuous. We didn't see any wildlife we heard birds though.

Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Starting from Boquete we hitchhiked up to the ranger station (which would have been faster taking a cab as hitchhiking here is not very common and took us a while. The hike is very well indicated and the trail was easily accesible with only one challenging river crossing. We hiked all the way up to Cerro Punta Ranger Station from... More 

1 Thank bestregards f
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Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

We hiked at Baru National Park on the Quetzal Trail from Cerro Punta. It was beautiful! Some on the hike had been looking for resplendent Quetzal birds for 4 years and we saw one on the way in and two on the way out! It was awesome! I'm not a hiker so I can say this hike was steep at... More 

1 Thank Tyfini P
Clinton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

in the middle of the night on the last day of my stay i decided to hike the trail as my trip so far had been overly touristy. went to the hostel on the boquette plasa at 8 am and they said i was too late to go to shuttle cero punta and make it back to boquette. so i... More 

3 Thank ptrurb
New York, NY
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

The rating here is simply because we should have hired a guide and we were unable to get a map from anybody in town. I'm also a bit suspicious of the reviews that called this hike 'easy' because there are significant elevation changes no matter which way you take the trail. We took the trail from Boquete toward Cerro Punto... More 

1 Thank NYCskydive
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

We hiked the Quetzal trail in June. Saw no Quetzals but early on heard howler monkeys taunting us in the distance. Never saw them either. some other hikers said they saw a couple of sloths and ground squirrels. The ground was a bit wet and slippery, which made it slow going in places but it's not a very difficult trail... More 

3 Thank squirrelmama
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

The Quetzales Trail from Boquete ranger station to Cerro Punta ranger station, takes 4 hours, and the return 3 (including some time spent looking for quetzals and a short lunch break): it is a fantastic trek, very easy to find and follow, always surrounded by a pristine and lush jungle. The advantage of the return trek is that you are... More 

1 Thank Daniela C
New York
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

If you absolutely need to see a Quetzal in the wild, don't go in December. We were in Boquete two weeks ago and we didn't see a single quetzal. In fact, we didn't see many birds. The foliage is very dense so it's hard to spot them to begin with. However, our guide said that the best time to go... More 

1 Thank manhattanmom
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

I hiked the Quetzal Trail with a group of four (myself included-- no guide) in late July 2012. The trail is officially closed by the government, though in theory it is still possible to do. We made the trek from Cerro Punta to Boquete. While the area is gorgeous and we made it ok, I probably would not recommend doing... More 

1 Thank Al J
Ottawa, Ontario
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

I hiked the Quetzal Trail from Boquete to Cerro Punta, it's an uphill hike, it took us about 6 hours which included some breaks, pictures, and bushwacking to see some monkeys. We didn't see any Quetzels, but we saw some monkeys, mountain porcs, falcons, hummingbirds and other beautiful birds. It's a really nice trail, nice and narrow. I didn't find... More 

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