Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)

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Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)

Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)
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Vitproch
Prague, Czech Republic258 contributions
Easy hike
Jan 2020
Best to explore the mlountain rain forrrest! Easy to ge to, nice to walk. Listen to the birds and hope for the Quetzal!
Written April 16, 2020
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Giosia volta
5 contributions
Amazing forest
Feb 2020 • Friends
El sendero de los que tales is a fairy forest plenty of wild life, you will be sorrounded by monkeys, colibrí, butterflies. Just breath the forest!
Written March 4, 2020
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Julian212-11
New York City, NY31 contributions
Really pretty hike
Jan 2020
Not too difficult, some steep parts, but very peaceful and changing scenery. We hiked from Boquete to a look out point with a little bench area which was perfect for inexperienced hikers
Written January 13, 2020
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Christian L
5 contributions
Fantastic & Challenging hike in Boquete
Jan 2020
So this is definitely not a 'family' hike (ie - small children, older folks, or anyone not in good shape).

That said, it is spectacular... the first portion of the hike is along a dirt road, down from the parking/pay area at the end of the road (Yellow building). It starts off with a downhill section, part of which is steep (white sandbags filling in ruts). Once you get towards end of this road, the trail truly begins off to the left. First part of the trail is pretty nice. Yes, it's rocky! If you have hiking shoes/boots with ankle support, those would be gerat. that said, I saw two people with flip-flops on yesterday?!?
Minor creek crossing. basically a gradual climb. We saw two absolutely stunning colorful Quetzales and a three-warble Bell bird (also stunning, and loud!)
A good turn around spot for those who dont want a big challenge is when you get to the "stairs".
If you are feeling strong, and adventurous... do the stair climb and head up to the Rock look out. These are basically steep, stair-master climbs... there are two, with a little side-trek between them. There is a break area. The views once you get up to the Rock "Molino?" look out is fantastic. This is where we chilled out, had a picnic, and then turned around. This took us about 6 hours, going at a moderate pace. You could certainly do it faster.
I would recommend this lovely jungle hike, in dry season (or not after any rain) for the sure-footed, and able-bodied. It's challenging but rewarding!
Hope that review helps....
Written January 5, 2020
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FloatRR2
Leon, Nicaragua25 contributions
Great adventure, no guide needed
Dec 2019
I was looking for some trail running in Panama heard about Sendero Los Quetzales. The trail was muddy, steep, and slippery in spots so you can't run the whole thing, but it's clear to follow and you do not need a guide to explore. I rented an ebike from Soul Planet Cycles in town and it got me there with minimal effort on my own. Overall, beautiful rainforest despite being trapped in some fog and not being able to see very far. No animal sightings (not even birds!) but I didn't go very early and didn't know where to look.
Written December 28, 2019
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Passenger782341
56 contributions
Excellent and beautiful trail, but difficult for some
Dec 2019
This lovely trail is well-marked and locally well-known. As a result, if you don't have a car, you can go there by taxi quite easily (about a 10-15 minute ride, depending on where you start). The entry fee is $5 per person. The first part of the trail is relatively easy, but then the climb begins followed by some up hill and down hill. This is a great trail for nature and bird watching, but if you have leg injuries or handicaps ( my wife recently had knee surgery and she just couldn't hike the trail), it probably isn't for you.
Written December 22, 2019
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kentmc15
Guacimo, Costa Rica13 contributions
Nice but not great
Aug 2019
A nice jungle hike with some steep sections. However, there are not many great viewpoints given the dense foliage.
Written October 8, 2019
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dwright21
Peterborough, Canada122 contributions
Gorgeous Cloud Rain Forest!
Aug 2019 • Family
This is a fantastic hike through spectacular cloud rain forest! We started from the Boquete trail head and hiked 5km in before having lunch and back tracking to our car. Quite steep through km 3-5... tough on the way up, but a lot quicker on the way down. Not much in the way of wildlife sightings (unfortunately, no quetzales), but loved the dense, beautiful forest. Highly recommended!
Written August 2, 2019
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Carrie R
Charlotte, NC22 contributions
Toughest hike ever
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was one of the toughest hikes I've ever attempted. I'm 51 and an avid exerciser and found this hike difficult. I never would have made it without my Trail Buddy poles. The trail was muddy, rocky, and steep. We traversed several streams and had to stop several times to catch our breath. But I've never seen such lush, mostly undisturbed land. The trail was maintained and clean, unlike in the US where you often see trash on the ground. We didn't see much in the way of wildlife, but did hear a howler monkey during our descent, which put a bit of fire in our hiking boots. DAMN, that sound was ominous and downright scary. It made the 6-hour trek (3 hours each way) worth it. I've never heard anything like that sound. Was glad we made the hike, but it will be a long time before I tackle something that difficult again. Well worth the $7 entry fee.
Written July 7, 2019
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Guaymita
129 contributions
Full-gamut hike, not for casual sightseers
Jun 2019 • Solo
Walked and trail-ran part of this trail in late June, alone, from the Boquete side. Started off at 9:30 and did not see a soul until the very end of my return, 3.5hrs later. Beautiful solitude. You start with some easy ups and downs on the side of a mountain, through a couple of very rustic farmsteads. After descending the “Loma de los Lamentos” you reach the Caldera river (stream really) and enter the cloud forest. This will feel like a jungle to most people. It is wet, dense, and chock full of bugs (including mosquitoes). Many reviewers complain about the mud, but I found the trail to be mostly just wet. I hiked this in a pair of Keens (sandals) quite comfortably. While the temperature was delicious (in the seventies), humidity is practically 100%, so expect to sweat copiously if you are walking at a decent pace. I managed the whole trek with a small water bottle, but a whole liter would have been appreciated. Bugs got so thick I ate a couple (they got into my mouth). After reaching the river, the trail begins to rise, but so slowly it doesn’t really feel that you are going uphill. This is when I really started looking out for quetzales, walking quietly, and pausing to listen and scan the canopy for movement. There had been a lot of birdsong as I descended, but I did not know what a quetzal call sounds like. When I reached a segment called “Bosque de las Lianas” (Forest of the Vines, conveniently sign-posted) I heard some very loud squawks. I thought they might be howler monkeys, but could not make out the any animal in the canopy. A few minutes later I saw a dark iridescent green bird, with a short tail. I assumed quetzales had long tails, and continued on my way. An hour and a half in, I hit the end of the flattish segment. At that point, you hit a wall; it feels as if you are climbing almost vertically, on a Stairmaster with 2ft high steps. You quickly leave the very wet forest behind and the humidity level drops a bit. You come across some bamboo thickets a giant panda would be more than happy to call its own. I continued until I reached a point where the trail starts descending again (after a spot called “El Respinguito”). I wasn’t too far from the lookout, but I turned back because I was running out of time (had to drive to Almirante and catch a water taxi to Bocas del Toro). On the way back, I stopped for a few minutes at the Bosque de las Lianas and started hearing the squawks again. This time I managed to pinpoint their source, the same dark green birds with red on the front. There were about four of them, in separate trees (hard to see). They’d sit still for a while, and then fly to a nearby tree. At some point, one would get near enough the trail that I could see it, but not photograph it (only had a phone on me). One of them started chasing off something that looked like a squirrel (but could very well have been something different). After that, I continued trail-running. Then I heard the howler monkeys — no confusion now, they really howl, they don’t squawk or bark at all!
When I got back to the ranger station, I asked them what those birds may have been. It turns out they were quetzales! Females don’t have the long tails.

Overall, I highly recommend this trek for people who like to hike. It’s not for the occasional tourist/walker who could be disappointed/frustrated by mud, bugs, steep climbs, humidity, rain, lack of views, non-cooperating wildlife, etc.
On other hand, the flora (especially the epiphytes) and variety of eco zones make this trail unique and amazing.
Written June 29, 2019
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