Do you think that there is a place where you can spend a day in nature, surrounded by thick tropical rain forest just few kilometers from Panama City? Yes you can, and this beautiful place is waterfall Quebrada Bonita which is located within the Chagres National Park. The confluence of the Chagres River and creek Quebrada Bonita is located about 4 kilometers against the current of the Chagres River from “port” El Corotu (less a port than a muddy bank with a little store that serves as a dock to embark and disembark from canoes) on the shore of the lake Alajuela (or Madden). From this spot leaving powered canoes which take you up to the creek mouth, the boat trip takes about half an hour. From the mouth of the creek, which is on the right bank of the Chagres River, you have to walk about 20 minutes to reach the waterfall. The trail follows the banks of the creek and you have to wade its current several times.
Below the waterfall there is a natural pool ideal for swimming. After refreshing bath you can sit on huge rocks and look at the freshwater fish living in the pool. Only few step above the creek passes through a small rocky canyon with the other waterfall. Beside the waterfalls this place is great for watch and learn about the life in the tropical rain forest. The forests of the Chagres create a natural biological bridge connecting North America with South America and this unique location makes the Chagres National Park an ideal destination for nature tourism and bird watchers.