We had been hearing about this great swimming spot in the river canyons near Gualaca for some time, so today we decided to go check it out. What a great afternoon! We had such a good time.
Gualaca is a town about 45 minutes from David. We took the Pan-American highway east about 14 kilometers to Chiriqui, and then headed north to Gualaca. The river canyons are just north of town and there are signs directing you to the spot.
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful drive. As we left, we stopped by to say hello to my friend Cedo. She had never been there so we brought her along. Good times are always even better shared with good friends.
It was a beautiful day for a drive.
The road from town to the canyons is also very beautiful.
As we parked we could hear the children below, and then we saw the water.
It was a nice Sunday afternoon and there were quite a few people having fun.
There were beautiful trees with bromiliads and other plants growing on them.
This huge old tree was clinging to the side of the hill.
What a beautiful place!
Mi esposo y mi amiga (my husband and my friend)
There were many families enjoying the afternoon.
I thought the water would be cold but it was very pleasant.
The water is very clear. You can see the underwater rocks in this photo.
This dad was teaching his boy to swim.
The view upriver. It wasn’t as deep here so people were swimming farther down.
The water is below that crack in the rocks and kids were having fun jumping from here to the water below.
At the end of the road where we parked is this beautiful teak forest.
There was a stream flowing through the forest the went out to the larger river.
There will definitely be more visits to this beautiful spot! If you are in the area it’s well worth a side trip to relax, swim, or just enjoy the scenery.
One more photo of the deepest part of the canyon, or the part highest above the water