Cerro La Silla is a short journey to an epic viewpoint atop the mountains to watch the sun rise over the horizon with views of Valle de Anton and beyond!
Photos by myself @jerryfit
WHERE IS CERRO LA SILLA
Cerro La Silla Trail begins just on the outskirts of the Valle de Anton crater rim. There are a few ways to reach the official trailhead. If you are going for sunrise you can walk either up the main road from Valle de Anton town or take a left before the last grocery store and gas station and follow the path the back way. They both lead to the trailhead.
Alternatively, if you are visiting during the middle of the day or for sunset you can take a public bus/van to the top of the hill for about 50 cents. It will drop you right at the trailhead. We went up the back way in the morning and then took the van back down.
Below is a Wikiloc map that shows the route of Cerro La Silla.
CERRO LA SILLA SUNRISE HIKE
At 430 am we headed out from Valle de Anton town. The streets were empty as we made our way towards the eastern edge of the crater. Just before the last grocery store and gas station, we took a left turn and followed the path the back way up the hill. The entire trek was about 8km from Valle de Anton town but maybe only 4-5km if you begin at the trailhead at the top of the hill. The terrain was rocks, mud, and grass but fairly easy to navigate in the dark with just a small light.
It’s interesting that Cerro Cara Iguana and India Dormida hike are the most suggested but you don’t hear a lot about Cerro La Silla. Having experienced all three I would say it is hard to separate them all but La Silla possibly has the best views. Cerro La Silla is one of the best hikes for beginners in Panama as it isn’t too long and the trail is quite safe.
Once you reach the top of the hill the trailhead is on the right and now follows a dirt road and then a dirt path all the way to the summit. The Wikiloc path above will keep you on track as there are no signs and a couple of turns to make.
Just before the sun was about to break over the horizon we made it to the summit where we sat down beneath the giant cross, which seems to be common at viewpoints in Valle de Anton. We could see all the way back into the crater of Valle de Anton but also out to Cerro Picacho.
I didn’t expect the ridges to be quite so impressive. The drop-offs are actually quite steep in this area, which made for some great views and photos.
As the sun began to make its way into the valley, we were treated to some beautiful rays and colors that swept across us within seconds. This is a great way to start your day and you will be back down to Valle de Anton for breakfast by 8 or 9 in the morning with a full day of adventures ahead of you!
ADVENTURE BAG FROM CERRO LA SILLA
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!