THE WEEKLY #107: INCLINE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SANTA FE, VERAGUAS
Santa Fe is a small mountain town in the region of Veraguas. I caught three buses from Boquete and it took me almost all day to make the journey costing about $15 total. The public bus system in Panama is pretty efficient and after more than ten buses, I’ve never waited for more than 10 minutes for my bus, don’t need to book ahead and many are super cheap. It isn’t always comfortable and can get cramped but usually, you aren’t traveling more than a couple of hours on a single bus.
I jumped straight off the bus and with no time left for an adventure, I thought I would throw the running shoes on and crack out a half-marathon in the mountains. Even with the 1000-meters of incline throughout the 21.2 kilometers, I managed to run a pretty similar time to when I did my first half marathon a month ago on the flat in Panama City. The consistent training is paying dividends. I didn’t really push it either just cruised through.
I stayed in a cool little hostel called Hostal La Qhia. It had mountain views and was about $13 a night or so. There was no wifi in Santa Fe or barely enough for WhatsApp and Facebook messages. I ended up writing an offline draft each night in order to keep up my daily blogging. I then took a day to post them all when I reached my next destination with WiFi.
Because I daily blogged once again, I will provide the links to all of the articles and my daily adventures in Santa Fe below. I highly recommend this town and its super fun, and all of the adventures are accessible without a car.
Alto de Piedra Waterfalls hike in Santa Fe is one of the easiest and most beautiful adventures near the town center. Multiple Waterfalls to explore!
El Salto Waterfalls are an amazing collection of 22 waterfalls in Santa Fe Alto. I explored three of them in an afternoon hike from Santa Fe!
El Salto Del Limon is a beautiful waterfall with multiple streams pouring over the edge. The best part is sitting on top of the waterfall looking down!
Loma Grande Waterfall is one of the most epic spots in all of Veraguas. Head down into the canyon to find a magical blue pool at the bottom of waterfall.
Las Golondrinas is a massive waterfall near Guabal and is only a 30-minute drive from Santa Fe town and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the area.
Nuca Del Toro is a short hike in Santa Fe Alto in a unique environment surrounded by pine trees with glimpses of the mountain range as a backdrop.
Bermejo Waterfall Hike in Santa Fe Veraguas is a 10km round trip from Santa Fe town that leads you into the jungle to find a huge waterfall!
La Silampa is an epic waterfall hidden in the mountains. It is truly an oasis at the end of a beautiful one hour hike on a rocky path.
The Cerro Tute Hike starts in Santa Fe Town and takes you up steep hills to the top of an epic viewpoint. Stand on top of the rocks and look over Santa Fe!