Aguila Waterfalls is one of those locations that takes you into another world. I found myself wading through knee-deep in crystal clear blue water while staring up at huge walls of ferns and vines as sunlight crept in through the canopy, lighting up the canyon. This is an Indiana Jones type of adventure.
* This location and directions are not disclosed in this blog post as the location is still being set up for tourism. This area is not open to the public. However, it is not hard nor expensive to organize a tour by contacting Jerry Moreno (@jerryfit )
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If you need a local guide or are looking for tips to travel through Panama I suggest contacting, Jerry, one of my best friends from Panama. He runs group tours to off the beaten path locations like Escudo de Veraguas and Bayano Caves. He is a local, indigenous guide who is incredibly funny, honest and knows Panama by the back of his hand. We explored all of Cocle together and went on some insane adventures and he became like a brother to me. If you have any questions or want help, tours, guides or tips he is your man.
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Jerry organized the local guide to come with us and it was necessary. This is a trail that begins at the main road but leads you through several properties. We literally walked through backyards and made a number of very specific turns. It’s one of those if you know, you know kind of routes but would be all but impossible without the guide.
All up the guide and the whole day cost $40 split between three people so about $13 each. This price may or may not remain the same.
The trail begins through the hillside neighborhood. Houses have immaculate gardens and it seems like a really beautiful area. It takes about 20 minutes of walking along the dirt track until you reach the river. When you finally get down to the water you will catch your first glimpse of the cloudy blue water, which reminds me of Pozo Azul.
Be prepared to get your shoes wet because there are multiple river crossings and even large stretches where you will be knee deep in the water. We didn’t need a dry bag and never had to swim but definitely come prepared to get wet.
The river is absolutely stunning. The water is crystal clear but has a blue cloudiness about it. The walls of the canyon are draped in plants and vines. Along the way, there are several cascades and small pools. Huge boulders are scattered throughout the canyon and become more and more common as the trail continues.
We first reached a smaller waterfall, which was hidden on the left. Our guide knew it was just a prelude to what we were about to encounter when we reached the big waterfalls.
It took just over an hour and a half to reach the waterfalls and without our constant-camera stops, it would have been under an hour.
The waterfall is an amazing wall of water with several small plunge pools. The family we met after the hike told us there is a cave inside the waterfall, big enough to fit three people. Inside the cave on special moments or days, it is said you can see the golden eagle. Aguila means eagle. That is the legend. We didn’t know about the cave but they all seemed pretty nonchalant about it and I believe that there is a cave.
Beyond the waterfall is more waterfalls and more waterfalls. The canyon is simply amazing with huge rocks draped in 20m long vines big enough to swing from. We couldn’t believe how insanely beautiful this canyon was!
After hanging out, bathing and adventuring at Aguila Waterfalls we pulled out our trash bags and began to collect all of the plastic bottles. They weren’t from tourists but actually from the river. You could tell because they were all in the same spot, often buried into the side of the bank above the waterline from previous storm flows. Apparently, there is a bridge further upstream where people dump trash, which flows down into Aguila Waterfalls
ADVENTURE BAG FROM AGUILA WATERFALLS IN PANAMA
This is an adventure bag. It is full of trash. Every time I go on an adventure I collect one adventure bag full of trash. It’s my small way of saying thanks to mother nature for allowing me to enjoy her beautiful creations. If we have time to go on an adventure we have time to collect an adventure bag on the way back out of the trail once we have enjoyed the waterfall, the hike or the beach. Adventure hard!
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