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The Canal and Central Panama Sights

Refugio Ecológico del Chorro Macho (Chorro el Macho Ecological Reserve)

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/14/2012

Fodor's Review

El Valle's most user-friendly forest experience is available at the small, private Refugio Ecológico del Chorro Macho, west of Cerro Gaital. The reserve has well-kept trails, walking sticks, and the option of hiring a guide at the gate. It belongs to Raúl Arias, who also owns the adjacent Canopy Lodge, and it contains one of El Valle's major landmarks, El Chorro Macho, a 115-foot cascade surrounded by lush foliage. You're not allowed to swim beneath the waterfall,

but there is a lovely swimming pool fed by river water to the left upon entering the reserve, so bring your bathing suit and a towel. Enter the gate to the left of the main entrance to reach the pool. The refuge has a tour called Canopy Adventure, which can take you flying through the treetops and over the waterfall on zip lines strung between platforms high in trees. Most visitors are happy simply to explore the trails that loop through the lush forest past the waterfall and over a small suspension bridge that spans a rocky stream.

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Sight Information

Address:

2½ km (1½ mi) northwest of church, at west end of Av. Principal, on left, El Valle, 0211, Panama

Phone:

507-983–6547

Sight Details:

  • $3.75, guided hike $37
  • Daily 8–5

Updated 08/14/2012

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