Campana National Park
campers and eco-adventurers are welcome to visit Altos de Campana
National Park – 4.925 hectares of green forests and rolling
hills located in the western area of the province of Panama.
de Campana is Panama's first national park. It was created in 1966
to protect the Panama Canal basin. The area is part of the eastern
slope of the El Valle de Anton volcano, and its past volcanic activity
is clearly reflected in its rugged terrain, which features spectacular
cliffs, lava fields and tors. From some of its hills, visitors can
enjoy commanding vistas of the Canal basin as well as Chame Point
harbors four types of forest communities: humid tropical forest,
very humid premontane forest, very humid tropical forest and premontane
rainforest. The peak of Cerro Campana is considered a biogeographical
island for endemic species. Mosses, orchids, bromeliads and epiphytes
are 39 mammal species, one of the most numerous being the black-eared
opossum (Didelphis marsupialis). Also present are the endemic mouse
species Liomys adspersus coati (Nasua narica) , crab-eating raccoon
(Procion cancrivorus), two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmani) and three-toed
sloth (Bradypus variegates), Geoffroy's tamarin (Saguinus geoffroyi).
Two-hundred and sixty-seven bird species have been spotted at the
park, of which 48 are migratory.
The golden frog: a famous resident of Campana
National Park and El Valle de Antón.
de Campana also boasts 62 species of amphibians and 86 types of
reptiles --the largest number in central Panama. The seven endemic
species include the rare frog Atelopuszeteki, which is found in
a very small area of the national park. The others are the salamander
Bolitoglossa schizadactyla, the caecilian Caecilia volcani, the
gecko Anolis lionotus, the lizard Morunasaurus grai, and the rare
snakes Trimetopon barbouri. The protected area is also home to the
giant frog Leptodactylus pentadactylus, the largest amphibian in
Panama, the spiny toads Bufo coniferus and Dendrobates minutus.
the park is located between the provinces of Panama and Coclé,
overlooking Chame Bay over the Pacific, 90 kilometers by road from
Panama City. To get there from Panama City, visitors need to get
on the Pan-American Highway and drive westward to the town of Capira,
which is only a few kilometers from the entrance of the park.
the park has administrative HQ and an excellent nature trail from
which, if you are patient, it is possible to see lots of animals.
The trail was constructed by the park management in conjunction
with Panama University. An interesting illustrated guidebook to
the park is available at the park's administrative offices
visitors are recommended to stay in Panama City as it is only about
90 minutes drive away.
information, contact the ANAM offices in the park (tel 507 244-0092)
or the ANAM regional headquarters in Cocle (telephone 507 997-7538;
fax 507 997-9077)