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La Laguna de San Carlos, near Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNear Coronado, Panama, in Las Lajas, you can go to La Laguna de San Carlos, which is about 40 minutes away from Coronado. It’s a very beautiful lake with a very nice view. People go there with their camping tents and chill out by the lake. You can also kayak on the lake.  It is one of my favorite places.
 
Panamanians do not typically like going camping and hiking but recently it is becoming a trend so now more and more Panamanians are doing it. It’s more fashionable now for people to go camping and hiking.
 
(Pictured: La Laguna de San Carlos, near Coronado, Panama.)
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Most of the hiking that’s done is near Waterfall near Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingCoronado, Panama, but not inside Coronado, proper.  So, if you wanted to hike, you would most likely be driving anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to get up in the mountains towards El Valle or Altos del Maria where it’s a cooler climate.  Along these roads, there are several national forests. 
 
Generally, you wouldn’t just stop somewhere and take a hiking trail. There are, however, well-known and established hiking trails towards and in the mountains.  Some people will just hike along a dirt road.  (After all, you are in the jungle.)
 

Child outside her home in rural area near Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen you get up in the mountains, you can literally experience up to a 14-degree temperature drop.  (The average is from 5 – 7 degrees cooler.)  Once you’ve arrived, a beautiful, pristine jungle with very lush, tropical plants, lots of birds, surrounds you.  You’ll find a little local village here and there, sometimes with small places that are people’s homes where you’ll never believe that 8 people live there without running water or electricity.  They’ll sell you bananas cut right off the tree for 5 cents each that are the best bananas you’ve ever had in your life.   You’re surrounded not only by the natural beauty of the area but also by the beauty of the local Panamanians.
 
It is absolutely 100% safe to hike in these areas.  I have no problems taking my kids.  You may see a wild cat, but that is very rare, because those types of animals don’t want to be seen.  You want to be aware of snakes, wasps and bees, so take a walking stick with you and “walk heavily”.  These are the same precautions you would take anywhere.  Snake bites are very, very rare.
 
Panamanians generally don’t camp, so you don’t see a lot of campgrounds.  (The local Panamanians in these areas are “camping” on a daily basis, which is how they live, and the affluent Panamanians generally don't like to camp.) 
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hiking  and  camping.
 
In general, Panamá has not developed the custom of camping, as you would use the term elsewhere.
 
In Panamá, the term "camping" is actually used for what children do during times of vacation, from 1 to 3 weeks, when they usually go to some of the towns with proper installations, mainly churches or schools.   "Camping parks", or large places where people can get together and do this, don't exist in Panamá, like they do in other countries.
 
But, on the other hand, Panamá is a great place for hiking and camping, in a different way, especially because the beautiful weather all year round and warm people who welcome you everywhere you go, even if they do not speak your language, but they try to communicate with you somehow.
 
Specifically around Coronado, you can find uncounted hills, mountains, rivers and paths where you can have an unforgettable experience.  Two places in the area suitable for both activities are El Valle de Antón and Campana Hights.   But you´ll have to provide all the equipment needed, unless you hire an outdoor adventure tour operator, who helps you with these items.  You can also contact "ANAM", which is the government institution in charge of all the natural environment. They offer guidance on certain packages and tours, at excellent prices... like the park in Campana, or (8 hours away from Panama City by car) Cerro Volcán , in Chiriquí Province.
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Great hiking can be found just a short 30 Hiking in El Valle, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingminute drive away from Coronado.  El Valle de Anton, one of the most beautiful and tropical places to visit in all of Panama offers amazing hiking trails, waterfalls, petrogliphs and wonderful mountain and valley views.  This 500 million year old ancient volcano crater community is home to some of Panama's most unique birds, flora and fauna.  You will be amazed at the endless opportunities that nature has to offer here.  And if you are a runner or mountain biker as myself, you can compete in many of the challenging Trail Runs and Bike Competitions that are held in El Valle year round.

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