Games and Nature Reserves

 

The Altos de Campana National Park (Parque Nacional y Reserva Biólogica Altos de Campana) is located in the western portion of Panama Province. It is approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours west of Panama City along the Pan American Highway, and covers 11,903 acres, which includes two important watersheds, the Sajalices river that flows towards the Pacific Ocean and the Ciri and Trinidad rivers that join the Chagres river.

DARIÉN NATIONAL PARK This is one of the great wilderness areas of the Americas. This 579,000-hectare park is the largest in Panama, with large areas still unexplored, has more than 300 species of birds, including the world’s most powerful eagle, the Harpie.

The Fortuna Forest Reserve is located in the highlands of Chiriqui Province. It encompasses 48,200 acres of primarily cloud forest, located above the Edwin Fabrega Dam which goes across the upper Chiriqui River. It was created to protect this hydrological resource, and this area is considered a Hydrological Reserve by the National Authority for the Environment (ANAM). It is jointly managed by ANAM and EGE Fortuna, S.A.

The Canglon Forest Reserve is located in Darien Province. It can be accessed by the Yaviza highway, and is situated between the Canglon and Tuira rivers. The Canglon Forest Reserve consists of mostly tropical forest, which overlaps with part of the Serrania Filo del Tallo Hydrological Reserve and with the mangroves found in the Matusaragatí area.

Punta Patiño borders the Gulf of San Miguel and is about an hour by boat from La Palma. The reserve is owned by the Panamanian environmental nonprofit ANCON and operated by the group’s for-profit extension, Ancon Expeditions. There is a private airstrip at Punta Patiño, but most people fly into La Palma and then take a boat down. It is highly advised to visit the area with a guiding service. 

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