Hiking up Ancon Hill

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.

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.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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12 Responses to Hiking up Ancon Hill

  1. 4sarge says:

    More great photos. Great shots of Panama City and we finally get to see the artist behind the camera. The city looks very cosmopolitan and formidable for a country boy like me.

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  2. Marie Lourdes says:

    Hello Mrs. Cunningham: I´m Panamanian, and retired in the city of Panamá. We really enjoy your comments about Panamá, and are grateful that you take the time to allow other people, maybe seeking a place to retire, to “see” inside this beautiful country, based on your own experience. This is wonderful because some things are not in books or maps, but are equally important for a visitor. Continue enjoying life. Marie Lourdes.

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    • Thanks so much for your comments 🙂 The blog has grown and I get many visitors interested in how it is for an ordinary person living here. It is a beautiful country, and I really enjoy sharing my experiences here.

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  3. Thanks 🙂
    The city looks formidable for a city gal like me too. That’s why we went to David. At our age we don’t want to deal with that big a city every day.

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  4. Beautiful shots of the city from the top of the hill.

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  5. Carole says:

    My husband and I took a steep walk up that hill to see the wonderful view of the city and the canel when we were last in Panama in Nov. We loved the view at the top, your pictures were great to see it again. We unfortunately did not see the Toucan, some people we met were lucky enough to see a Sloth. But we did get to see a few monkeys on our way down the hill, and some turtles in the pond at the bottom. We loved the hike, the trees were so big and beautiful. We didn’t get to stay as long in the park as we wanted since we had a taxi scheduled to pick us up and we didn’t want to keep him waiting. We would have loved to see the birds feeding, they are so colorful in Panama. Great picture of you.

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    • My husband’s sharp eyes spotted the toucan. We heard about sloths too but didn’t see any. Maybe if you come back again you can stay at La Estancia which is just a little ways below the entrance to the park, and then you can spend all the time you want on the hill. The photos of the birds and monkeys were all taken from the terrace there.

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  6. John & Susan says:

    Absolutely outstanding pictures. You and Joel look great!
    Cheers!

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  7. Karen Ama Panama says:

    Great photos and very interesting! I wondered what was up there when we saw it from Panama City. I think I’ll still have to investigate it myself just to be sure through. Do you know what kind of tree that big one was?

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    • There is a lookout area on top with that statue and some benches. You can’t go up to the actual flag pole but it’s not far beyond that. You can go to the enclosures around the communication towers too. Otherwise it’s all woods and natural area.
      I don’t know what kind of tree that was. I didn’t even think to photograph the leaves. I have a lot to learn about the trees of Panama!

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