Panama City, Panama
Cerro Ancon Panama City Reviews
Excellent view of the city and the Canal area May 05, 2011
The Ancon Hill is a must to your visit of the city of Panama. Is a natural reserve of 198 m height (654 feet) where you could enjoy nice views of the city and the Canal and Port of Balboa. Either walking or by car, you will be pleased of the natural environment.
This hill was under the US Government control until after the Canal Treaty of 1977. In 1979 the Panamanian flag was raised and since then it has been a live testimony of the fight for our sovereignty over all our territories. Part of the hill, seen from the Canal area, was used as a rock quarry for the construction of the Canal locks.
The best experience is going hiking uphill early in the morning and enjoying the views and nature before any other part of the city. You may get the chance to see and/or hear varieties of animals and birds, among them: toucans, black vultures, bananaquits, hummingbirds, agouties, coatis, sloths, and even deers.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two options:
1. By car or hiking: Take Gorgas Road going up the Canal Administration Building and when you reach the corner of the Canal Administrator's house turn right to Quarry Heights Road. If coming up from the Ave. de los Martires through the other end of Gorgas Road (by the former Gorgas Hospital), slow down or stop in the corner of the Administrator's house before entering Quarry Heights to avoid any accident with cars coming downhill the main road. Then, after the guard booth, turn left and follow the signs. Gate opens from 7:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.
2. Go to Mi Pueblito by the Ave. de los Martires at the other side of the hill (the one seen from most part of the city). Walk by the internal road till you find a red stairway. Follow the road. This side is open from 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.
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