Los Cangilones de Gualaca is a natural canyon slot in Chiriqui. It has stood the test of time and is thousands of years old. It’s a great spot to hang out with friends, cliff jump, and swim! Cangilon means bucket in Spanish or deep vessel for collecting water. This canyon is one hell of a long bucket and an epic spot to visit in Chiriqui.
HOW TO GET TO LOS CANGILONES DE GUALACA
At the bottom of this post, I have shared the exact pin location for Los Cangilones de Gualaca, which will help you determine how to reach this attraction from your current position.
I drove with two friends in a car from Boquete and it took about 40 minutes. Public transport is average in the area. It is possible to catch a bus from Boquete to David and then to Gualaca but will take close to two hours in total.
LOS CANGILONES DE GUALACA
Los Cangilones de Gualaca is quite a unique spot. The mini-canyon as it is called isn’t so miniature. It runs for more than 40-meters until the canyon opens up. It really looks like the earth has cracked and opened up leaving the water in between.
What it has left is an awesome spot for a little adventure. You can jump from the sides of the canyon into the blue water of the canyon. Here the current is quite strong and most people swim down the canyon with the current and clamber out once the canyon walls subside and the river opens up. It is just a short walk back to do it all again!
However, some people are skilled enough to rock-climb up the side of the canyon. I tried this and it is particularly hard so I commend you if you manage to find a way to climb back out of the canyon instead of swimming all the way out.
Either way, the water is so clear it is fun to swim through the canyon. Fish dart around the rocks under the surface. The canyon is just as interesting below the surface as it is above!
If you look throughout the rocks you can spot some fossils. This geological formation was created by the ocean during the formation of Panama so keep your eyes peeled for fossilized crustaceans while explore Los Cangilones de Gualaca.
There are no facilities at Los Cangilones de Gualaca. However, there is a parking lot and it is just a one-minute walk from the parking lot. Because it is so accessible, this means a lot of local and foreign tourists flock to the canyon on hot days.
LOS CANGILONES DE GUALACA MAP LOCATION