Hidden in the depths of Chame is a masterpiece from mother nature. Los Cajones de Chame (The draws of Chame) is one of the most unique land formations in Panama. Only 90 minutes from Panama City, it is one of the most remarkable and popular spots to visit in Panama.
Photos by myself and @jerryfit
THINGS TO KNOW AT LOS CAJONES DE CHAME
The canyon is caused by years of erosion thanks to the Chame River. The sedimentary rock has been worn away over centuries and now forms a steep canyon that ranges for hundreds of meters. It is similar to Los Cangilones de Gualaca in Chiriqui. However, Los Cajones de Chame is much larger and ranges for a much further distance.
LOS CAJONES DE CHAME CLIFF JUMP
You can cliff jump at both Los Cangilones de Gualace and Los Cajones de Chame. However, the cliff jump at Los Cajones de Chame is much bigger. We jumped from 3-meters, 5-meters, and 6-meters at Los Cajones de Chame. Make sure you check the water to see if is deep enough and there aren’t any rocks or debris in your landing area.
Once you jump into Los Cajones de Chame you will need to swim back to the entrance, which is no more than a hundred meters depending on where you jump in. We managed to rock climb up the side of the canyon. I don’t recommend this as the rocks were quite crumbly, which explains how they erode so easily!
The best thing to do at Los Cajones de Chame is to swim through the entire canyon. It is so narrow and towers over you as you slowly navigate your way through the slim channel. The rocks are beautifully shaped from years of erosion. It is fascinating to sit and look at particular sections and see all the little marks of time that make Los Cajones de Chame how we view it today.
Explore long enough and you will find little rock pools, shelves to sit on, caves and even waterfalls. It truly is an adventure spot to hang out at for the entire afternoon. Pack your lunch and head on down. There are no toilet or facilities other than a couple of benches so make sure you bring everything you need and pack out all of your trash.
To get to Los Cajones de Chame it will take you 90 minutes to drive from Panama City. Take the Bejuco-Sora road, which will be on your right from the Pan-American Highway. After ten miles you will see a dirt road with a ‘Los Cajones’ sign. You can walk as we did for 20 minutes or take your car down. If it is summer the car might be okay but in the winter when it is wet it might be best for only 4×4 vehicles.
ADVENTURE BAG FROM LOS CAJONES DE CHAME
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!