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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Boquete
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Lost Waterfalls is a moderate to difficult hike through the cloudforest in western Panama to three fabulous waterfalls. The hike can take from one to three hours round trip depending on how many waterfalls you want to see. If you are lucky you may spot sloths, monkeys, quetzals or any number of the fascinating wildlife living in the cloudforest.
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Honestly this hike was more advanced than some of the reviews had described. We were so happy to have worn “crossamphibian” shoes. Basically hiking shoes that work well in water. The trails include tree root scrambles, stream crossing, rocks and mud. We took along the walking sticks offered at the start of the trail. We packed light snacks and fresh water. Absolutely worth the effort, the three falls are breathtaking. You can get so close the spray and mist are refreshing. It was a perfectly challenging hike, with beautiful falls to motivate you to keep going. The steepest slick areas have ropes to help get up and down. We did notice a few people struggling with open toe shoes and small children. The closest fall is gorgeous and worth the hike. If you have trouble making to that one, this may be too challenging of a hike. We had a fantastic time, we went quite early and were the second group to start. By the end there were quite a few people there.

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burtondogs, Owner at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Great review and great photos! Thanks so much.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

This is an extremely muddy hike the day we went but was outstanding! It was about 140 floors and 9 km according to my watch. It is not an easy hike!! We did it with a baby on our back and took about 4 hours for the entire trip which included a swim.

Thank Ironjet
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

The easiest way to reach the entrance to the walk on public transport is to board a minibus shuttle in the area around supermarket Bruna, one block north of the park. The same bus also goes to the pipeline trail a couple of kilometres before you reach the entrance to this trail. Cost of the shuttle is $2.50 ($2.00 for the pipeline walk) and they run approximately every hour. We were advised the last shuttle back is 5pm, the journey takes around 45 minutes. Entrance to the walk is a few hundred metres from where the bus drops you off, entry is $7pp. It is a steep climb up to the entrance where there is a hummingbird feeder, there are also good toilet facilities.

The paths on the walk were quite difficult in places, the weather generally had been very wet in previous days and in parts the trail was slippery and muddy. We would recommend hiking boots and poles if you have them, walking sticks are available at the entrance gate, they were a very good aid on the day.

There are three waterfalls on the walk. The terrain to reach the third waterfall is the most difficult, you need to pull yourself up using a rope on a steep part of the elevation or climb up a very steep gradient and we decided to turn back contenting ourselves with the first two waterfalls. Both were very good assisted by rain in previous days. We found visiting the second waterfall first was the most efficient way of completing the walk because at the entrance to the first waterfall there is the option of a different trail taking you back to the main trail in a circular fashion which you only see once you walk down to the waterfall.

Apart from the waterfalls, the scenery is good along the walk but bird life we found very limited on the day we visited.

The walk can be completed in around 2 hours but there is enough to see to extend this by another hour or two.

We completed both the pipeline walk and the lost waterfalls. We thought that the pipeline walk was better for birds, but the cascades walk had better scenery although here the terrain was more difficult.

3  Thank T-SGlobetrotters
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Great hike, not too hard. We just did this hike the 1st week in January 2018. With a lot of rain in the area the previous days it was one of the muddiest hikes I have ever been on - and one of the best ones too! The word mud doesn't even start to describe the hike. Lucky for me I wore my Teva hiking sandals and my wife her Merrells. We saw people in sneakers and white socks!
Easy to find but somewhat limited parking on the road. You would need a major style 4X4 to get down into the parking lot. Remember we were there in January, right after the rainy season so it may be easier access later in the summer.
The hike and waterfalls are on private property ( as we were told ) and there is a $7 entrance fee. Bring $1 bills - they will love you for that!
The hike is somewhat easy, some climbing, a swinging bridge even some rope assists to help you get up a couple of steep areas. These were all made a little tougher with the light rain and mud. All good times!
The guy at the entry cabana tells you to hike to #2 and #3 falls first them stop at #1 as you return. That's because #1 is the best. Again, with all the recent rains I assume that the falls were at their peak.
Again since I was wearing my hiking sandals I was able to wade right into the waters below the falls to take some great pictures. Also remember that since you are a little up in elevation it's a little cooler than back in David or Boca Chica where we came from.
Well worth the time and effort to see 3 decent waterfalls and experience rural Panama! May be a different experience in drier weather but never the less we had a great time!

1  Thank k6671
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

The beginning of the trail was very steep and we had to go slow with my father in law, and managed to get to the official entrance which overlooks the valley below. The path was slightly muddy and handrails were intermittent. We didn't see much wildlife but the flowers and trees were prominent. We made it to all three waterfalls and took less time than estimated on the map. Some points are steep but in general the trails were of average difficulty for a Central or South American trail. Wish we could've spent more time here but had to turn back to get into town for lunch.

Thank Tom S
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