Glimpse Panama City’s jungle-laden past at this 106-acre rainforest, left untouched until 1977.
Just outside Casco Viejo is another glimpse into Panama’s past: Ancon Hill. The 650-foot-high hill and surrounding 106 acres of rainforest were kept untouched until 1977, the year Panamanians recovered the land from the U.S. through the Panama Canal Treaty, planted a Panamanian flag on top of the hill and started to slowly develop the jungle. Despite not being entirely wild, Ancon Hill is still home to dozens of animals and bird species. Sloths, monkeys and exotic birds join hikers on the paths leading up to the peak, where a designated bird-watching area offers chances to glimpse rare species as well as take in views of Casco Viejo, downtown Panama City, the Panama Canal and the famous Bridge of the Americas below. For the best experience, do the two-hour round-trip hike early in the day in order to avoid the city’s infamous heat and humidity, as well as heavy rain showers during the wet season (May to November).
- Mi Pueblito, an open-air museum at the base of Ancon Hill, shows what life was like in colonial and pre-colonial Panama via historic buildings, as well as folklore exhibits and displays.
- See why Panamanians are so passionate about soccer at Estadio Maracaná. Named after Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Maracanã Stadium, Panama’s stadium opened in 2014 and is home to Chorrillo F.C. and Club Deportivo Plaza Amador.
- Filled with Spanish Colonial architecture, colorful plazas, museums, churches and plenty of places to eat and shop, Casco Viejo is quintessential Panama, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
If You Go
Reserva Cerro Ancón
Panama City, República de Panamá
Daily, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Est Maranon-Av Roosevelt-T. Balboa-Av Martires bus to Cerro Ancon stop
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Where to stay
The unbeatable downtown location of Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City boasts several excellent on-site dining options, a rooftop pool, a business center, a full-service aqua spa, and beauty salon. The downtown location provides easy access to shopping, a casino, and the historic Casco Viejo district.
Radisson Hotel Panama Canal provides guests with easy access to Panama’s beautiful beaches, amazing architecture and excellent shopping. The Bridge of the Americas, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is within sight from our pristine hotel location.
Located just steps from the second-largest free-trade shopping zone in the world, Radisson Colon 2,000 Hotel and Casino is a spectacular choice for travelers who like to stay close to the action. The hotel features free high-speed internet, a free shuttle, as well as spacious meeting areas to accommodate any special events.