River Deep Mountain High-Mountains and Hiking in Santa Fe, Panama

Do, I love you my oh myyyyyyyyy! River deep mountain highhhhh!  Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh!

In my mind it sounds just like Tina Turner when I sing it!  Like I mentioned in my Rivers of Santa Fe post,  I couldn’t help but belt out the Ike and Tina classic while traipsing up and down the mountainsides in Santa Fe, Panama.  Now that I think about, “The Hills are Alive” from the Sound of Music would have totally been an appropriate song choice as well! :-)

Adjacent to Santa Fe you will find the Santa Fe National Park.  Made up of 70,000 hectares (172,974 acres) of pristine tropical rainforests, Santa Fe National Park will check all your nature loving boxes.

In these forests you can find jaguars, harpy eagles, over 300 types of wild orchids and trees and greenery for DAYS!  There is a new road forging through the rainforest that will eventually lead you over the mountains and all the way to the Caribbean Sea.  Other than that, this area is uncharted wilderness so I would recommend either staying on the marked paths or hiring a guide.  There are very few maps available.

For those of you who are not so adventurous there are plenty of things to do and see on the outskirts of the forest.  You can take a hike up to Cerro Tute and tell all your friends you hiked to highest point in the area.  It’s about 10 kilometers to the top and the view is amazing!  There is a dirt road that leads all the way to the top so it’s next to impossible to get lost.

I’ve never met Ceasar but he is a local tour guide who I hear is great.  He can take you around the area on horseback or by foot.  I’ve been told he is one of the most knowledgable tour guides in all of Santa Fe.  Check out his website here.

I did a little hiking while in Santa Fe…click though the gallery below to see what I saw!