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“Lost Waterfalls Trail”

The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Ranked #4 of 49 things to do in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
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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 6 February 2018

My wife and I recently did this hike in a group, guided by Boquete Outdoor Adventures. It's a really great hike, with pretty spectacular scenery and payoffs. Our group actually reached two of the three waterfalls, seeing the third from a distance.

A couple of things to point out: There may be various options, but at least in terms of the route that we took, the opening leg consisted of a quite steep, sustained uphill climb. The rest of the hike was on either uneven or downhill terrain--tricky, but not nearly as challenging as the opening shot. Judge the shape you're in and be prepared.

Second, there seems to be a bit of a debate about whether or not a guide is necessary or advisable. all I can say is the following: We've done considerable hiking. This trail is not marked nearly as well as one would expect in the United States, with clear blazes indicating turns. The correct route may or may not always be entirely obvious. At one fork, there was a directional sign, with an arrow, but the sign was broken in half, so that it was impossible to tell the intended direction. Early on the hike, a rather dazed and disoriented woman kind of wandered out of the forest. She had hiked the trail by herself the preceding day, had gotten lost and had spent the night in the woods. (She had also started out relatively late in the day and had run out of daylight.)

So, I'm certainly not saying that it's impossible to do this hike on your own--plenty of people do it and find the route pretty easy and obvious. But I have to say that I wasn't at all unhappy that we had an experienced guide.

Thank Emanuel_S_NYC
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

We went by our own. From Boquete center to the Lost Waterfall tooks us 20 min by car. Then we walk around 5min up to a hill until we arrived to.the main entrance. The fee is $7 p/p. The trail takes around 3 hrs roundtrip up to the 3rd waterfall. Was really muddy , so we did it carefully.
Was really nice experience! We enjoyed it.

1  Thank LMa S
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

The hike to these 3 waterfalls is steep, rocky and muddy. Slippery coming down. That said, if you go slowly, there are handrails in some parts. You need to have some level of fitness. Don’t even think about this if you don’t have good hiking sandals or shoes. You’ll get muddy, it will rain on you, but it’s a spectacular hike.

Thank susanaquerida
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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.

1  Thank Nadiya S
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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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