The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Lost Waterfalls is a moderate to difficult hike through the cloud forest 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 cloud forest. We are open every day and you do not need reservations to hike. You do not need a guide, but there are lots of good guides in town who can make your hike more informative and fun.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • orrdin
    New York883 contributions
    Great adventure
    The hike is a somewhat hilly path through the forest. A lot of ups and downs and a lot of mud. Some areas require use of ropes. It’s definitely not an easy stroll. We did the round trip in just under 3 hours (including the hike to the entrance booth) and my sense is we were moving fast as we were mostly passing people. Bring water and good walking shoes. Expect mud all over your pants as well.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2022
  • magintoronto
    104 contributions
    Beautiful hike for the adventurous.
    Hiked it alone on a rainy day. It's not a hike for the faint of heart. Lots of vertical. Lots of very slippery and muddy tracks. Absolutely stunning though and worth it. I wore open teva hiking sandals and was glad I did as others I ran into ruined their hiking shoes with the mud. Quite a walk up to the entrance gate where you sign in and out (and pay your nominal fee). Highlight of my trip to Panama.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 31 December 2022
  • Granted
    10 contributions
    A wonderful nature experience
    I'm rating it 5 stars based on what's available to do in Boquete, but 4 if compared to all areas. Muddy and somewhat strenuous at times like others have said. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon, especially if you've packed on some pounds being a lazy tourist. Shorter folks may have a harder time of it in some spots due to high stepping it. I can't say that I agree with other reviewers about wearing Tevas instead of hiking shoes because i just did that on another hike and started developing blisters. Also, unless there are a myriad of other waterfall hikes around Boquete, I can't say that I agree with the sentiment that you should save $10 to hike elsewhere. This is a memorable hike and a great way to convene with nature.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 February 2023
  • Josee M
    Ottawa, Canada25 contributions
    Great hike and scenery
    Great hike. Easy to get to the first waterfall but getting all the way to the third is challenging with very steep inclines. If you can make it however the waterfall is beautiful. Make sure to have on good hiking shoes as you will need them.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2023
  • Jerzyski
    Alberta, Canada10 contributions
    Beautiful experience
    I'm not an avid hiker but I rarely pass an opportunity to hike in to see a waterfall. I've been to C.R. many times and hiked to many waterfalls there. I'm in pretty good condition and this one isn't easy. Having said that it's worth the money, time and effort. Ten dollars is a reasonable price to pay for what you're going to see. The walk from the road to the hut where you pay will give you a good idea what's ahead. It is just over three hours to complete the hike and the scenery was amazing. It's moderate to difficult and yes muddy. The first two waterfalls are easily accessible by most people but then it gets a bit trickier. From the moment you set out to the third waterfall it's apparent that it won't be easy. But is certainly worth the effort, coming down is not much easier. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. This guy wasn't..
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2023
  • Kimberly9476
    Carlsbad, California125 contributions
    All uphill - but stunning view reward - even if you just make it to the pay house.
    Absolutely stunning. But this is a moderate to challenging all uphill hike. You definitely have to be fit and have awesome flexibility. Don’t even think about flip flops. Hiking trail shoes preference but you can do it in sneakers (but you’ll wish for traction). There are a few places where you need to use the rope to climb, almost vertical, steps in some places. But it’s a rewarding view. If you have 4WD, you can drive a bit in to park. You’ll see where. Def need a 4WD though. If not, just walk in. It’s not far to the bridge. You walk over the bridge and then straight up a muddy, rocky trail - for a long time - before you get to a stunning opening. Absolutely worth the hike just to get there! If some in your party can’t make the rest of the hike, they’ll be fine taking in the gorgeous views from here. They can relax and you go on…. To much more steeper uphill trek. The house to pay is right here. $10 a person. 3:30pm last entrance. We only did the first one and came back since we got there so late. Teens made it easy peasy. We were fine too. Had hiking shoes and it wasn’t raining so dry spots helped go a little faster. I would t do it in the rain. Also, it’s 5400 feet in elevation. So keep that in mind if you’re coming from sea level. You’ll be out of breath faster. So pretty and very glad we did it!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
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Jorge A
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great trail with beautiful sights. A real “in nature” experience. Great way to explore the local Claude’s jungle and fauna. Mid to intense level trekking.
Written 10 September 2023
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Wendy O
Dallas, TX69 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was our top excursion on our 6-day trip! First…our guide Caesar was amazing. He’s a local, has deep experience with the excursion and honors the forest. He was happy, positive and allowed us to take our time during the trip. This excursion is NOT for people with back, hip and knee injuries. It requires hiking steep trails, using ropes (both up and down), and a fair amount of agility. The effort was worth it! A holy experience watching nature at work without the crowds. Highly Recommend.
Written 2 September 2023
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Kimberly9476
Carlsbad, CA125 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Absolutely stunning. But this is a moderate to challenging all uphill hike. You definitely have to be fit and have awesome flexibility. Don’t even think about flip flops. Hiking trail shoes preference but you can do it in sneakers (but you’ll wish for traction). There are a few places where you need to use the rope to climb, almost vertical, steps in some places. But it’s a rewarding view. If you have 4WD, you can drive a bit in to park. You’ll see where. Def need a 4WD though. If not, just walk in. It’s not far to the bridge. You walk over the bridge and then straight up a muddy, rocky trail - for a long time - before you get to a stunning opening. Absolutely worth the hike just to get there! If some in your party can’t make the rest of the hike, they’ll be fine taking in the gorgeous views from here. They can relax and you go on…. To much more steeper uphill trek. The house to pay is right here. $10 a person. 3:30pm last entrance. We only did the first one and came back since we got there so late. Teens made it easy peasy. We were fine too. Had hiking shoes and it wasn’t raining so dry spots helped go a little faster. I would t do it in the rain. Also, it’s 5400 feet in elevation. So keep that in mind if you’re coming from sea level. You’ll be out of breath faster. So pretty and very glad we did it!
Written 11 April 2023
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Mahtab
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Couples
Be aware, this is a dangerous scam!
If anything happens to you during the hike, you are screwed because no one will check the route, so you will be left there all by yourself.
We had to "register" our entry, but when we finally made it back to the exit, there was no one there. And no one came to check if we were safe.
We paid 10 dollars each for nothing, the path is not maintained and there is no one making sure you make it back alive.
The walk to the third waterfall is only for advanced hikers, please be aware that its not an easy hike.
Dont go alone and if you don't want to pay just go after 5pm, the entree is open.
You have to walk a long carroad to make it to the main road to find a bus.
Written 20 March 2023
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Amy T
7 contributions
Feb 2023
This is a fairly difficult hike -- lots of hill climbing -- but highly rewarding. Our guide, Jorge, was excellent and shared a wealth of knowledge about the vegetation and birds. Unfortunately we only made it to the second waterfall because we were running out of time -- park closes in late afternoon and we started late in the day. Recommend hiking shoes.
Written 5 March 2023
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Jerzyski
Alberta, Canada10 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
I'm not an avid hiker but I rarely pass an opportunity to hike in to see a waterfall. I've been to C.R. many times and hiked to many waterfalls there. I'm in pretty good condition and this one isn't easy. Having said that it's worth the money, time and effort. Ten dollars is a reasonable price to pay for what you're going to see. The walk from the road to the hut where you pay will give you a good idea what's ahead. It is just over three hours to complete the hike and the scenery was amazing. It's moderate to difficult and yes muddy. The first two waterfalls are easily accessible by most people but then it gets a bit trickier. From the moment you set out to the third waterfall it's apparent that it won't be easy. But is certainly worth the effort, coming down is not much easier. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. This guy wasn't..
Written 16 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josee M
Ottawa, Canada25 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great hike. Easy to get to the first waterfall but getting all the way to the third is challenging with very steep inclines. If you can make it however the waterfall is beautiful. Make sure to have on good hiking shoes as you will need them.
Written 15 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Granted
10 contributions
Feb 2023
I'm rating it 5 stars based on what's available to do in Boquete, but 4 if compared to all areas. Muddy and somewhat strenuous at times like others have said. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon, especially if you've packed on some pounds being a lazy tourist. Shorter folks may have a harder time of it in some spots due to high stepping it. I can't say that I agree with other reviewers about wearing Tevas instead of hiking shoes because i just did that on another hike and started developing blisters. Also, unless there are a myriad of other waterfall hikes around Boquete, I can't say that I agree with the sentiment that you should save $10 to hike elsewhere. This is a memorable hike and a great way to convene with nature.
Written 1 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Oliver P
6 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The trail is on private property, so you have to pay $10 to access it. The price is way too steep for what it is; a 1 hr 45 min hike through the forest. You're much better off going to another trail where you don't have to pay as much to see nature.
Written 27 January 2023
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magintoronto
Toronto104 contributions
Nov 2022
Hiked it alone on a rainy day. It's not a hike for the faint of heart. Lots of vertical. Lots of very slippery and muddy tracks. Absolutely stunning though and worth it. I wore open teva hiking sandals and was glad I did as others I ran into ruined their hiking shoes with the mud. Quite a walk up to the entrance gate where you sign in and out (and pay your nominal fee). Highlight of my trip to Panama.
Written 31 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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