Los Quetzales trail unites the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta
and is one of Panama’s most visited and popular hikes, named for a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Quite elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to observe and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other bird species native to the area.
From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud forest and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete.
The tour starts with a two hours drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your hiking adventure on the Quetzal Trail starts. Please note that there are two options of transportation available: A normal a/c motorcoach taking you to the park entrance or a strong 4×4 vehicle that takes you to the ranger station in the park. Chosing the 4×4 vehicle means about 2 hours less hiking, the most challenging part of the trail (uphill at the beginning and downhill at the end) will be done by car.
Duration: 10 hours
Includes: Roundtrip transportation from Boquete, English speaking ornithologist guide, picnic lunch
Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rainjacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, water.