Ancon Hill where we stayed in Panama City is a very interesting place with a lot of historical significance (read more about it HERE). It is also a nature preserve, and there is a good road that you can use to hike to the very top of the hill which overlooks the city.
This tree is outstanding even among the amazing Panama trees!
An armadillo was exploring in the fallen leaves.
A spider waits for bugs with the city skyline in the background.
The views were beautiful.
This looks like it was taken on Monday when it was clearer.
There are some large communication towers at the top.
Joel enjoys the view.
Joel convinced me to get in front of the camera for a change.
This flag is huge, bigger than a basketball court. The flag is changed twice a year because it takes quite a beating in the wind up there. They cost $800 and are made in New Jersey! (learned that on our canal tour)
I snapped this just as the toucan took off. It’s not exactly clear but I like it with the city in the background.
Boats waiting for their turn to go through the canal.
The upper entrance to a bomb proof tunnel built in 1942 to house key military personnel in case of emergency.
The forest that is located on Anton Hill belongs to the life zone of Humid Tropical Forest and is mainly dominated by the associations known as Mature Secondary Forest and Young Secondary Forest. There are a total of 68 species of wildlife in the area – 15 species of mammals, 39 birds, 9 reptiles and 5 amphibians. Flora is a total of 199 species, distributed in 59 families of dicots and 13 families of monocots
Many people used this area for exercise. This biker went up and down the hill three times! It’s a steady uphill climb all the way and quite a workout, I’m sure.
There were lots of vultures at the top of the hill and perched on the towers.
We had such a good time staying here and experiencing this area! Usually we are in Panama City to catch a flight out, and this was the first time (since our very first time in the country) to go to the city just to enjoy ourselves. The main purpose was the canal boat trip that we had booked (photos coming soon), but since we couldn’t go until Tuesday we decided to enjoy the city a bit. I’m really glad we did.