Trailhead Sendero los Quetzales | Informal Campsite



about 1 year ago
2506.0 masl


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NOTE: As of November 2021 the road up here requires a good 4x4.

This is the last point you can drive up to do the Sendero los Quetzales. The last 2 km are steep, bumpy and wet in rainy season (did it with a VW T3 Syncro), but there are possibilities to turn around if it doesn't work out. Maybe big rigs have a problem, there are some trees in the way and there's not much space in the parking. Camping was 6 usd/car (they told us that the normal price would be 6usd per person!), we walked 4.5 km and turned around, nice hike, steep way back, at least worth to go until Mirador las Rocas (2.5km).


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Closed a this time because there are somes trees falling on path. Same Boquete place. They will rehabilitate…when?

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The road to get here is way worse than we expected. Definitely not possible in a VW bus. We made it with our Land Cruiser using 4WD and in one spot had to locke the rear differential.

The place up here is beautiful and there are many birds including Quetzales to see even from the so called visitor center.

The ranger told us the sendero was closed due to land slides but if we were very careful and did not post pictures on social media we could hike to Mirador las Rocas anyway.

We asked him for the price and he said we did neither have to pay for camping nor the park entrance.
Later we gave him a piece of banana bread we had just baked ;)

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Tiny space available for camping. Guard house was empty so we didn’t pay for park entrance or camping. Visitor’s Center was locked up tight so no bathrooms. Road is rocky but not too muddy, we arrived in the rain. Gorgeous place, tranquil... we didn’t see a soul for two days. Saw quetzal on the trail!

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Easy to drive. Great spot to camp. Free, bathrooms, great view and very quiet at night.

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Before going to the trail you need to register in the small house on the right side of the road. Normally there is a ranger who can also give you advice about the trail.
On the trail we met only 1 couple of other travelers: they've got stuck with Toyota Rav4 in the middle of the road, but we made it with Toyota 4Runner without any problem. Just prepare yourself for a tough road. I wouldn't drive it in the rainy season without 4*4.
And the WOW point, we've seen a quetzal while driving from the trail, near the potato fields! But none on the trail (it was still beautiful).

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At the end of a very steep and muddy road to the volcano - we used four wheel drive and low gear. We were allowed to camp in the very small parking lot. Toilet at the Visitor Center.

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