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Gaital National Park

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Address: North limit of Anton Valley, El Valle de Anton, Panama
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The Gaital National park is a great escape from the heat of the lowlands in Panama and an easy drive out of town fromm El Valle de Anton. The entrance to the park is poorly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Gaital National park is a great escape from the heat of the lowlands in Panama and an easy drive out of town fromm El Valle de Anton. The entrance to the park is poorly marked, but not too bad as it is the only thing along the road other than turn offs for houses or chicken farms. It takes... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We hiked to the top on a well marked trail. We saw sloths, butterflies, and lots of birds. The view from the top was awesome, but on the day that we went it was cloudy, so our view was partly obscured. Highly recommend this park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

You might want to get to the starting point using a car as it is a 10 minute drive uphill from el Valle. No need for a 4x4, but a tall car would fair better. For a guide you can usually get one by the ANAM station by the main Market in el Valle. the hike has 2 parts The... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We hiked up from Chorro el Mozo.... at least another 3.5 km to the entrance. Not your typical tourist attraction, as you pass industrial chicken farms on your way up. There was no one collecting fees at the anam house (which is fair, because the benches are poorly maintained at best). That said, it's a beautiful and peaceful 30 min... More 

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Tartu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Most of the trail is rather clear and there is no risk of getting lost. Once you reach the wooden lookout platform with a small wooden ladder, be aware that the further path to the actual peak is much steeper and also much less cleared up and visible. In fact it is so much in the vegetation, that unless I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

this is a real national park, however it need guides; a trip by yourself isn't difficult; 100% enjoyable; take out your camera and start to shooting; telephotos lenses highly recomended. this is not a sad zoo, it's real nature. while was into the trail We found sloth, birds, and some butterflies

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We had a wonderful hike once we found the beginning of the trail. The road was poorly marked but local people were able to provide directions. The hike to the top was very enjoyable, mostly easy to moderate though there were some tough spots. The area was lush and beautiful. We were strongly encouraged to hire a guide but it... More 

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Sebring, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

While growing up in Panama this was one of my favorites. We would visit Santa Clara beach and go to el valley. The beach is a must. In el valley the have everything one can do. The local fare is another must. Plan on staying a few days if not more.

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Paris, France
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Birds, orchids...a good way to spend half a day! Watch the weather, and your route, there is a loop at the top! Super panoramic view if you make it right to the top, well worth the hike! Also the Blue Morpho butterfly < now you see it, now you don't !>

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New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Simple Good trek, lovely views from Mirador. Tons of orchids, insects, butterflies, exotic plants, unspoilt and nice. Remember to take a good camera!

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