Recently, I was invited to hike the Pipeline Trail, or the Lost Waterfall trail with some friends. It was a very interesting drive to find the trail, as I talked about in my last post with rock walls, waterfalls, and hidden castles. For directions and helpful photos to help you find this trail, check out this page from the Boquete Travel Guide.
It is the end of the summer dry season now, but the area is still very beautiful. We didn’t hike all the way to the end of the trail because other hikers said there is no water in the waterfall right now, but we hiked enough to see plenty of beautiful spots, and even a couple of the reclusive resplendent quetzals which was a surprise.
The trail starts here.
There were some pretty flowers among all the green
The trail was very well maintained, and had these little bridges over the streams.
Do not pass, dangerous. If you look closely, you can see one of the beehives that is back in there. Since honey bees in Panama are Africanized, we stayed well away.
We came across a tour guide pointing out something to the man with him, so of course had to stop and ask what they were looking at. There in the tree was a spectacular resplendent quetzal!
Another view of this beautiful bird.
Farther on the trail became more narrow, but I think it was prettier up here in the forest.
And then, another tour guide pointing out another resplendent quetzal! This one was back in the trees a bit and I had to make full use of my zoom, but you can see the bright blue and red colors.
It is also worth looking down because there are some pretty and unusual flowers to be found.
The path continues through the greenery.
We startled a squirrel who dashed up a tree chattering loudly.
The little bug, about the size of a large ant, kept trying to hide under the leaves but I finally got a shot of it.
Colorful bromeliads in a tree
Another pretty butterfly
I imagine the trail got its name from this pipe that can be seen along the trail in quite a few parts.
Up in the highlands things are lush and green even in the dry season.
I saw a flash of bright yellow come across the path and followed it down.
No hike would be complete without some cool bugs!
This tree looks like it is covered in lace
This poor butterfly is beautiful, though quite tattered.
A peek at a mountain through the clouds.
I haven’t done much hiking in Panama, but I was glad I went on this one. I enjoyed spending time with good friends, and it was amazing to see a couple quetzals! Many have gone looking and haven’t found them at all. I’m sending out a big thank you to the tour guides who happened to be on the path, because without them I could easily have walked right on by and not realized what was in the trees.
Maybe I should go hiking more often.
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