Ancon Hill

Ancon Hill, Panama City: Hours, Address, Ancon Hill Reviews: 4.5/5

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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada21,459 contributions
From each of the "3 viewpoints" is a unique view (not overlapping among them): one to the north with the city's "quite impressive" skyline (which as I overheard the tour guide with some group describe as "Singapore of Central America" which I would say pretty accurate!); one to the east with the "old town" Casco Viejo (just a group of low-rise buildings but somewhat of an interesting view with a big "semicircular-shaped" road which is not on land but in the sea right around that part of the city); and one like a "diagonal view" both to the south & to the west with the stretch of the Panama Canal between the Bridge of the Americas & the Miraflores Locks (a fairly close view of the bridge but just a distant view of the locks). So yes, worthwhile coming up for these great views, kind of the "only drawback" here I would say is just that the all 3 viewpoints are openings through the woods with the views being "non-panoramic" for the most part (although that of the Canal a relatively wide view where there's actually also a small "viewing shelter"). And also apart from the views, to see on the hilltop itself are 2 big satellite towers or such, a big "national flag" & a statue of a lady poet who may be of some historical significance (with fences around the towers & the flag though to only see from a short distance away).

If coming from the "old town" Casco Viejo (like I did), it's only a short ride on Uber for a few dollars to the bottom of this hill from which it's really an "easy walk" for about half an hour (along a "paved way" with a gentle slope all the way except at its two ends each with a stairway with some number of steps), and yes actually there's also a pretty good viewpoint right at about halfway (for both the city's skyline & the "old town").
Written September 13, 2020
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Kathryn K
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Solo
This was a nice walk to do, though hot and muggy. It’s a paved road pretty much all the way up, and only takes about 20-30 minutes to go up. The top has a nice view of the city skyline and on the other side you can see a glimpse of the Bridge of the Americas and the entrance to Miraflores.
Written August 14, 2021
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,773 contributions
Friends
Steady uphill climb, with a few steeper sections About 45 minutes to the top at a moderate pace, stopping to take in the views. Pretty flowers toward the bottom. Butterflies. Flag at top. Nice views from top of the Canal area.
Written February 26, 2020
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Mike J
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Couples
This is a must see when visiting Panama. You can see the entire city when you get up top. It is about a 15 minute hike up. Good exercise and beautiful scenery. You can take amazing photos of all of Panama.
Written January 24, 2021
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lcastill3
Panama City, Panama275 contributions
Family
I used to go to Ancon Hill every weekend, then I had a bad experience. One day, probably sunday, Me, my wife and three nieces went to walk all the way up. We enjoyed all the sights of the animals like monkeys and rabbits, multicolor birds like Tucans and wildlife on our way to the top. On the top of the Ancon Hill you'll probably have one of the best views of Panamá. From one side you can see the Panamá Canal and from the other a great view of the City of Panamá. Then, how can my rating for Ancon Hill be terrible? The answer is: There was a felony that day. A couple of tourists that were hiking the Ancon Hill like 300 mts behind us were intercepted by a thief in the middle of the way to the top. The raider put a knife in the neck of the man and stole all the money, watch and jewerly to both of them. The man ran to the top screaming for help, but when we finally found a police man on the top of the Ancon Hill, it was too late. The Police could never find the thief. So, it's really a beautiful place, but if you want to visit it, please go on group. There's nothing more important that your security.
Written September 15, 2012
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OregonNancy
Willamette Valley, OR118 contributions
Couples
The hike to the top of the hill is not difficult but well over a mile. The road up is cemented and fenced so there was little wildlife to be seen. Even with water it was exhausting in the heat. We were disappointed that the area around the flag had been fenced off so we did not get a good panoramic few of the city. Only the New City and parts of the canal were visible. If you take a taxi, or better yet Uber to the trailhead, instruct them to drop you off at the Canal Authority Administration Building on Gorgas Road. The building is beautiful, and cool, in itself and the trail starts up the hill from there.
Written March 26, 2017
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Travelpapi153
Rochester, NY1,380 contributions
Couples
We spent two weeks touring beautiful Panama and visiting Ancon Hill was a PTY highlight. Our first day started in Casco Viejo (beautiful and another review), then a 5 min cab ride to Ancon Hill--which cost 5USD, you could see the destination from Casco Viejo but trust me, take the cab ride as the neighborhood between is not for walking through.

The cab driver dropped us off and offered to pick us up--we decided on an hour which was perfect for walking up, around, taking pics and walking back down. We are in good shape so you might ask him to drive you to the top and wait or meet you at the bottom.

We passes one security guard--no fee was collected. We did see several cars, cabs and such pass but not too many to be a distraction--but enough to feel safe. Much of our walk was in private. The trail was actually a paved road and the views are absolutely to die for.

Fromt he top (and near the top) you will see Casco Viejo, the Amador Causeway (another must see and visit), Panama City skyline and the entire canal zone--which we visited after Ancon Hill--another cab ride (10USD) and he then waited an hour to take us back to our hotel. Make this arrangement when you get to Casco Viejo and pick a meeting place or get their number and ask a bartender to call them.

Anyway, we saw many birds and beautiful plant life--it was hot but wonderful. Bring water as there are no opportunitites to buy some there. There are restrooms at the top, and people enjoying the view. You could even catch a cab from the top if you get tired--the walk is really doable if you enjoy a moderate walk.

Don't leave this attraction out of your itinery--you will love it: Check out my pics and you will agree.

Don't go alone, use a taxi and bring water: Thumbs up from Travelpapi!
Written August 3, 2014
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combat66
Metro Manila, Philippines4,989 contributions
You can opt to drive all the way to the top but if you want the bragging rights, do the long walk. Park you car in the Mi Pueblito and walk up to the flag. The walk is all uphill and it begins with several flight of stairs from the base of the hill. There is a gate further up where they control the cars that are going up. You can pass all the waiting cars and just start the climb. It is not easy and you will seriously consider why you did not take the car halfway up. There are benches along the road and there are several vantage points along the way where you can stop and take pictures. Those in cars usually miss these vantage points. After a few more agonizing minutes the finish line will be in sight. There is one last flight of stairs and you will reach the top. Once you are there, savor the moment of victory over pain and you can then contemplate the walk going down.
Written January 25, 2015
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Kevin S.
Lomita, CA186 contributions
Couples
This is one activity that is very easy to line up without a tour. Bring plenty of water and good shoes. We got an Uber from our inner-City hotel for about $6. He dropped us off at the base and we started walking. The roadway hike takes about 30min but since I walk with a cane it took longer. I was tired, hot, and out of breath but the journey was worth the destination. Along the way we saw endless jungle animals to include a wild sloth, woodpeckers, and several peccary. Once at top you will be treated with a humongous Panama flag and spectacular views of the city and surrounding ocean. There are clean bathrooms and some local friendly guards there too. Thank goodness the walk down was much easier, again local animals all around. Since we were tourists we decided to keep walking until we found a place with wi-fi to call another Uber. No need, at the bottom was a local taxi (which we were told to avoid). There will be a few waiting for potential hiker fares. Tired, we decided to ask; it was $5 back. Easy peasy!
Written December 10, 2019
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Sharon K
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Solo
First thing TAKE WATER!!! its a pretty long and steep hike in the jungle so it is extremely humid. you can park your car in "mi pueblito", there is a charge for parking. the bathrooms at the top suck so make sure you use the bathroom first.
Written September 14, 2018
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