7 Beautiful Panama Waterfalls

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Who doesn’t like waterfalls? The serene sound of water bubbling as it flows through its path and then falls to meet with the calm pool of water below; the peace of nature with a light breeze hitting your face as you stand on a rock to gawk at this beautiful water body- these are things appreciated by everybody.

The spectacular scene of water flowing over a series of steep drops or vertical drops is a scene that will steal your heart. Meltwater can also drop over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

Humans have visited waterfalls for centuries naming them, traveling to see them, and exploring them. In many nations of the world, waterfalls are believed to be sacred sites.

Panama waterfalls is the country where people will be heading if they love waterfalls. Stunning waterfalls abounding in natural beauty cover the breadth of the country.

Panama waterfalls are known for their sun-baked beaches, ruins and forts, and indigenous reserves.

The beautiful Panama waterfalls will dim your senses and are incredibly diverse. Nature welcomes you with open arms, and you can choose to do whatever you like: sightseeing or hiking.

It is a country in Central America known for its beauty and biodiversity. It is located on an isthmus that joins South and Central America.

Apart from being an excellent and developed city, it has many national parks, scenic greenery, and water bodies. One must visit the Panama waterfalls.

The Panama waterfalls are a group of different waterfalls in Panama, each having a peculiarity and beauty of its own.

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Panama waterfalls are very enticing. There are trails around Panama waterfalls to hike and explore flora and fauna and the natural ambiance and scenic beauty.

Here is everything that you need to know about Panama waterfalls:

1) The Lost Water Falls Trail

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The lost waterfalls trail is a beautiful hiking trail that leads up to three of the most beautiful Panama waterfalls.

Located in Bajo Mono, Bouquet, Panama- this hike takes you through the cloud forest in western Panama. The waterfall hike is moderate but can have some muddy or steep pathways through the trails.

Trekking through luscious forests and quietly following one of the most exotic jungle trails of the world, you will catch a puff of wildflowers growing in the way.

You will slip and stumble in the muddy paths, but there is more to your journey, as you will reach three captivating waterfalls.

If you live in a hotel, you can go for a guided excursion. There are hanging vines, tall trees, large leaves, and the jungle’s canopy that bites the travel bug in you as you set free and get into an adventurous mode.

Everybody will suggest you go for the Lost Waterfalls Trail, which is the first thing you will do when you arrive at Bouquet.

The entrance fee is a meager $7, and the trail is relatively short; it is value rewarding as you travel down to Panama to catch these three waterfalls.

The total time for a round trip would be a minimum of 2-3 hours, depending upon the number of waterfalls you wish to hike to. If you are lucky, you may find cute little monkeys and sloths through your hike.

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You could also enter the second and third waterfalls pools if you want, but the water can be very chilly at times, so don’t forget to pack a set of extra clothes.

The waterfalls are not simply a spill; and they are a cascade. The epic beauty of these waterfalls will haunt you for a lifetime as you return with your shoes smeared in mud. You will thank the place for the beautiful memories it will arouse in you.

There are also a few other impressive waterfalls located in the Costa Rican part of the cloud forest, and you could hike up there if you wish to visit.

2) Romelio and Kiki waterfall

The Romelia waterfalls are a set of twin waterfalls and also one of the tallest Panama waterfalls. There are several small pools at the top of the waterfalls. It takes about 10-15 minutes to reach this waterfall through hiking.

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The waterfall is tough to reach, and I would be advised to hike with a crew. It is located in the ngabe-bugle region in Chiriquí.

There is a scenic drive that will greet you as you make your way through the hilly regions of Chiriqui.

The twin waterfall called Romelio falls several hundred feet tall, with multiple pools at the top of the falls. You can catch a glimpse of this waterfall from the grassy viewpoint, or you can venture a bit too far and get to the top of the waterfall.

The cliff drops in, and there are two levels of land, which makes you wonder whether the rock was formed in that fashion.

The Kiki waterfall, on the other hand, is also known as Sendero Choro de Kiki. It is a majestic and beautiful waterfall that can be seen through the waterfall cliff.

Make sure you don’t visit these waterfalls in the rainy months as the pathway can get very muddy and make it hard to hike. You can sit on a rock nearby, bask in the majestic waterfalls, and let the water droplets splatter all over your face while clicking beautiful scenic pictures.

The Kiki waterfall gets dangerous as it rains, and the ropes and the railings help us reach the amphitheater of Kiki waterfalls. The distance you need to cover will be 100-200kms if you need to walk down to the waterfall, but it is very slippery and will take around 10-15 minutes.

The waterfall is powerful and massive, and the raw power of this waterfall will drive you crazy. The flowing water seems to fall into a soft sheet, but once you take a look at the base, it is an act of pure demolition that at once grabs your attention.

There are hard rocks that hit your feet at the foot of the waterfall. A few waterfalls in the world have a narrow path that leads to the cliff that leads it behind the fall.

You can get there by road. First, you will have to travel to the town of David, a 45-minute ride from Boquete, and then another one-hour ride to the Ngabe-Bugle region through the beautiful hills of Chiriquí.

3) Alto de Piedra  Waterfalls

The Alto de Piedra waterfalls are located 5 km from Santa Fe. You can either walk, take a bus or ride a car to this part of the beautiful Panama waterfalls.

There are ample signs across the roads to the waterfalls that indicate the directions if you take a car ride. The road inclines, so I would suggest skipping or traveling on foot. As soon as you reach the trail, you may find it a bit muddy. The hike is short, but it does get pretty rough at times, with the trail being very rocky.

The first waterfall is a 20-footer, and foliage conceals this peaceful spot. As you follow the trail of this waterfall from Santa Fe, thick forests engulf you from all sides. The tranquility of the place lulls you, and there are quaint tree bridges and small waterfalls; you will also want to dip into the calm waters.

Panama for any traveler would only make him wonder about the waterfalls and the swimming spots that border the route. Some would also love to take a shower at one of these waterfalls. There is no way to enjoy mother nature’s beauty other than trekking to one of these waterfalls.

Several small waterfalls act as the introduction to the main waterfall. There is a dense forest around the waterfalls, and you can even swim in a few of them if you like.

You may also find some fascinating and unique waterfalls over here, and I suggest you explore as much as possible.

4) San Ramon Waterfalls

This waterfall is located on the outskirts of Boquete and is at the right of the caldera river. This is a 50-meter waterfall that can be seen directly by the road. You could also reach by car and go for a short hike if you like.

There are many spots where you can picnic with beautiful mountains and clear skies in the background, along with this beautiful part of Panama waterfalls. If you love getting your pictures clicked with scenic backgrounds, this is the perfect place for you.

You can also go for a biking tour which takes two hours as you journey from one end of Bouquet to another. The view is excellent as there are farms, waterfalls, coffee houses, and breathtaking scenery as you gradually follow the trial. You can keep your camera ready to take pictures of the fantastic locales.

San Ramon Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls of the Chiriqui province. The waterfall is 50 meters tall and is easily accessible, and it lies in a place that is perfectly reachable by car. This means that you do not have to trek through mud-smeared tracks through fern and foliage to make way to this waterfall.

5) Pipeline Trail Waterfalls

Also located outside Boquete, this trail is present in the Bajo Mano region.

This trail is sister alongside a river. Follow this trail, and you will come across yet another one of the beautiful Panama waterfalls. But unlike the other waterfalls, this waterfall doesn’t descend into a pool below.

Other than that, the hike up to the waterfall is filled with wildlife, including monkeys, snakes, caterpillars, and quetzal birds.

Between the 1-hour hike, you can come across a gigantic tree with a signboard that states the tree is 1000 years old with entwined, twisted roots.

The trail through the jungle leads through beautiful cascades, basking wildlife, several natural and artificial bridges. There are old trees and snakes, caterpillars, and howler monkeys you meet in your way.

The trial happens to be one of the most accessible trails globally. The trail takes you through the land with minor elevation changes, and the road is pretty well maintained. The trail through the jungle is an easy one, and it takes about two to three hours to reach the waterfall.

There are two bridges on narrow planks, and crossing them can be a problem for people with low mobility. But when you reach it, the view is gorgeous. The waterfall might be thinner, but it is unique and relatively high.

You can catch a public bus, also known as a ‘collective,’ or ride in a local taxi to get to this spot.

6) Cascada del Trueno Waterfall

Also known as thunder waterfalls, this waterfall lives up to its name. As you near it, you can hear the loud gushing of vast volumes of water coming from Panama waterfalls, one of the most majestic and aggressive falls.

The hike here is very muddy and slippery and can get dangerous at times. The initial trail is a steep descent, but as soon as the descent ends, the hike from there is even, and you get to enjoy the natural ambiance of the forest.

The hiking trail ends after 20 minutes, after which you would have to go across a river that would take you straight to the mouth of the waterfall. There is a boulder field at the end. Crossing the river is relatively easy and should be no trouble.

The sound of this waterfall can be heard from far away, and the water that splashes into the basin spreads till twenty meters.

The nearest town you can reach is David which is situated almost forty meters away. The waterfall Volcan Baru National Park is not frequented by travelers nowadays.

This part of the Panama waterfalls is located in Cordillera and part of the Rio Bregue River. You may need assistance from the locals to get to this waterfall.

7) Chochlon Waterfall

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Chochlon waterfall is also located in Chiriquí and is a twin waterfall.

A short hike of about 15-20 minutes leads you to the waterfall. The area around the waterfall forms a small theater, and the pool has clear blue water in it. Remember to carry your swimming gear as you would not be able to resist a swim in this beautiful pool.

Along the hike, you will get to see beautiful and unique plants and wildflowers. Overall, this place takes about 1.5 hours of hiking and exploring.

Chochlon waterfalls lie at the end of a steep gorge. The trail takes us through fields, and a fence and a gate lie past as we leave them behind and try to edge past into our destination.

The amphitheater-like structure of this waterfall makes it a very cozy and unique kind compared to all the other Panama waterfalls. Please pack a lunch with your group and enjoy it on a sunny after at the Chochlon waterfall.

The water is chilly in winter but fantastic during summer and great for taking a plunge. The water is blue and forms small puddles as you make a splash. Vines cover the walls of the place and create a magical aura. The scene looks heavenly when the sun starts setting, and the whole place is awash with the purple shades of the sun.

Panama is your dream destination if you love waterfall chasing and hiking. There are many places that you can explore, and there is a day trip adventure that you can pre-plan. The biodiversity of this place is simply extraordinary, and the most beautiful waterfalls of the world will always call you. If you are a travel enthusiast, you can only surrender because there is no way out for you.

Now that all the major Panama waterfalls have been covered, many more small waterfalls can be explored on other hiking trails.

Also, since most of the waterfalls come under the Chiriquí province, do explore Chiriquí as well.

Panama waterfalls should be on your bucket list if you are a nature lover.

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