THIS WILL BE THE MOST HIGH-SPEED THING YOU DO ON THIS TRIP.
Las Pailas is a remote slot canyon with five waterfalls ranging from 15-40 feet high. The tour starts from the mountain village of El Valle de Anton, which is a 2-hour journey from Panama City. The tour uses either Polaris side-by-sides or 4x4 trucks, and takes you on a forty-minute ride into Panama's wild interior. The cloud forest is cooler and less tropical than the lowlands of Panama, and the water at Las Pailas is perfect for swimming.
This is a moderately strenuous journey that requires 250 stairs to get out of the canyon. Not too difficult for an aging Hooah, but if you are broke, don't go. Anyone who has done it, however, says the tour was the highlight of their time in Panama.
The tour will run either as a day trip from Panama City, leaving 0730 and returning 1700, or from Decameron/Rio Hato leaving 0830 and returning1330. Those who start in Panama city will also get to visit El Valle de Anton, with a short period of time for shopping in El Valle's well-known craft market.
Make SURE you choose which day you want to go and NOTE WHERE YOU ARE STARTING FROM - PANAMA CITY OR DECAMERON
El Valle Mountain Tours is a Ranger-owned company. Hooah.