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“Good climb but look out for the last section and heavy rain”

Gaital National Park
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Most of the trail is rather clear and there is no risk of getting lost. Once you reach the wooden lookout platform with a small wooden ladder, be aware that the further path to the actual peak is much steeper and also much less cleared up and visible. In fact it is so much in the vegetation, that unless I had a map of the track in my phone, I would probably have thought that the path ends at the lookout platform. From there on you will need to make your way through dense vegetation and in few cases climb or almost crawl under fallen trees. In places you will need to climb up rather steep rocks, using both hands. In 3 or 4 places there are cables with knots that you can use to pull yourself up, however the knots are not always made in the right places and the plastic-covered cable is really slippery when its raining. As it was raining, I could have hardly made it without the cables though. There is also one metal cable to help you pull yourself. On top there is a very small concrete shelter-box. its just large enough for one (maybe two) persons to stand inside to get cover from rain.
In my case it started raining slightly already on my final section up and once I got up there, the mountain was covered in a dense fog so I can not comment on the view from the top. When I started descending, it started raining very heavily and the path turned to a stream of water and mud. If same happens to you, be really careful when descending the steep slippery rocks. Once I got back to the wooden lookout platform, coming further down was a breeze - even though at times the water was above my ankles.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

this is a real national park, however it need guides; a trip by yourself isn't difficult; 100% enjoyable; take out your camera and start to shooting; telephotos lenses highly recomended. this is not a sad zoo, it's real nature. while was into the trail We found sloth, birds, and some butterflies

2  Thank marksullivan65
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We had a wonderful hike once we found the beginning of the trail. The road was poorly marked but local people were able to provide directions. The hike to the top was very enjoyable, mostly easy to moderate though there were some tough spots. The area was lush and beautiful. We were strongly encouraged to hire a guide but it clearly is not neccessary. It was exhilerating to make it to the top despite the fact that it was foggy !.

2  Thank Eve26
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

While growing up in Panama this was one of my favorites. We would visit Santa Clara beach and go to el valley. The beach is a must. In el valley the have everything one can do. The local fare is another must. Plan on staying a few days if not more.

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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Birds, orchids...a good way to spend half a day! Watch the weather, and your route, there is a loop at the top! Super panoramic view if you make it right to the top, well worth the hike!
Also the Blue Morpho butterfly < now you see it, now you don't !>

1  Thank morgieporgie
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