Macho de Monte is a beautiful canyon with a river and lots of waterfalls. It’s near Cuesta de Piedra, south of Volcan in Chiriqui Province. Our friends Tony and Carol also wanted to see the place, so we set out together to have a fun day.
If you want to visit this place, of course the first thing you need to do is find it. We had directions – go north towards Volcan. When you get to Cuesta de Piedra turn right (east), go 3 kilometers, and look for a guard house on the right. Ask the guard to point you to the path.
We drove right past it, taking these photos on the way not knowing this was the guard house we needed. There are no signs or anything to alert you. We drove a bit more, didn’t find anything that matched the directions so we went back to ask, and sure enough, that was it.
Joel also took some videos of our experience.
Now that we realized that we were in the right place, how do you get down to the river? We saw a path on the south side of the bridge so we headed uphill in that direction.
Here’s a bit of that view in video form.
Since it was clear that we couldn’t get down to the water from way up there, we decided to see what we could find on the other side of the road.
It is hard to explain or show in photos how magnificent this place is! It is a hidden gem. Maybe this video will give you some idea of what we saw. First you will see the path heading up to the sandy hills and rocky river bed, and then what Joel saw at the entrance to the canyon.
I would definitely go back there, but we would take climbing ropes. I think if we went over the first waterfall and swam in the beautiful clear, blue pool below we could get back up with ropes. If we went farther down the canyon though, it might be a bit too much adventure for us old folks. We’ll leave that for people like our friend Ryan who made a couple videos of his experience there. We may not be up to doing it all, but he sure inspires us to get out there and have adventures!