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Quetzal Trail Expedition


Hiking Tour from Cerro Punta to Boquete

All Day Adventure Hike


"El Sendero de los Quetzales" is a 9.6km trek (total length of 6 miles) in Panama's western highlands that connects the towns of Boquete and Guadalupe (Cerro Punta). Renown for its beauty, hikers will have a chance to encounter Chiriquí's wild rainforest, waterfalls, rivers and streams, explore its mountains and hills and discover its valleys and peaks. Hiking the trail takes an average of 4 to 7 hours.

This enchanted path can be hiked uphill or downhill. Each option presents its own advantages and disadvantages. The major advantage about making the hike from west to east is that it is mostly downhill and for some hikers this might mean that it is now a doable hike.
From another point of view it is also a comforting idea to know that at the end of the hike, only after a 20 minute drive, you will be back in your hotel for a hot water bath, or in one of Boquete's many restaurants with a hot plate of food in front of you, as opposed to making a 3 hour road journey after the hike, first from Cerro Punta to David, and then from David to Boquete.

Quetzal Trail Guided Hiking Tour Itinerary from Cerro Punta to Boquete • (times are approximate and will depend on the hiking skills of participants and number of stops).

  • 8:00 a.m. pick-up at your hotel; depart to Cerro Punta from Boquete by private transportation (we may depart earlier if requested by group).
  • 10:30 a.m. Arrive to Guadalupe end of pavement road. Check-in at Ranger Station
  • 1:00 to 2:00p.m. Arrive to "Mirador La Roca" (Rock Viewing Point). Lunch break.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Restart hiking.
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Arrive to Alto Chiquero Ranger Station, pickup point.
  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Arrive to downtown Boquete.

Hiking the 9.6 kms (total distance of 6 miles) of this path may take from 4 to 7 hours. Fluctuations in timing come from differences in hiking speeds, direction chosen to complete the hike (uphill or downhill), time spent contemplating the scenery and time invested "hunting down" one of the splendorous birds that gives its name to this path: the Resplendent Quetzal.

Boquete's altitude is 975 meters (3,200 feet) above sea level but the ranger station where the hike starts is at about 1,800 meters and Cerro Punta's altitude is 1,981 meters (6,500 feet) but the highest point in the Quetzal Trail is marked at 2,500 meters. This makes the shift in altitude around 500 meters for the entire hike.

$125 per person for 1-4 people (minimum of 2 people)
$105 per person for groups of 5 or more

The adventure starts with pick-up at your hotel. This tour includes lunch, water, trail snacks, bi-lingual guide, all park entrance fees, and private transportation from Boquete to Cerro Punta, and then back to your hotel in Boquete.

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