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welcome to the amistad national park


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GENERAL INFORMATION
This park is considered as the first Bi·National Biosphere Reserve of the world because it is located between Panama and Costa Rica. The Panamanian side of the park is part of the mountain range called 'Cordillera de Talamanca'. It covers 207,000 hectares (511,000 acres) of cloud forests and 95 % of it is located in the province of Bocas del Toro with the rest in the province of Chiriqui. The Teribe and Changuinola rivers are the main waterways of this park and both are considered to have a high potential for hydroelectric development.

How to get there
From Panama City, you can fly (1 hour) or by land (6 hours) to David in the province of Chiriqui. Once you are there, you take a ride to Cerro Punta that is 1 hour from David. Then from Cerro Punta to the Administration Center of the park (Las Nubes) is another 5 kilometers by car.
For the Bocas del Toro side of the park you could take a plane from Panama City (1 hour) or from David (20 minutes) to Changuinola, then there is a 1 hour trip by car to El Silencio. From this town to the Administration Center of the park in Bocas del Toro (Panajungla) you will need to take a 30-minute trip by boat. .

Services
Near this park you can find three towns that can provide you with hotels, banks, health centers, transportation and guides to the different attractions of the park. These towns are Cerro Punta and Volcan in Chiriqui; and Changuinola in Bocas del Toro.

What to do and Where to go?
When you visit this park you must be prepared for river adventures and mountain hikes though dense humid forests. In Bocas del Toro, you will find Panajungla (this was a jungle training center for military forces) were you can do bird watching and have a closer look at the way of life of some Indian Villages around the area, like the Teribes with their Royal Palace and their handicrafts. You can also enjoy rafting and fishing in the river Teribe.
In the Chiriqui sector you can have wonderful hikes on short distance trails such as the Cascada and the Retoño, with a nice climate while doing bird watching such as the Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) an exuberantly beautiful bird with its red and green feathers and discovering the beauty of the green landscape, the flora and fauna. As this area is located 2000 meters (6,000 ft.) above sea level, you must be prepared for the altitude.

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Teribe River view in Panajungla area
arborescent fern

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