This trip was a little different, because it was not planned, I was in El Valle de Antón (Anton Valley) and with other boys, we were looking for Jerry, when we knew that he had just left for Pozo Azul Waterfall, we decided to go and see him there.
We asked for directions and decided to go with Google Maps, everything was fine, until it took us to a place where there was no trail, nothing, then we asked again and we still had at least 30 minutes left.
We continued on our way, asking from time to time, more than anything to make sure we were going in the right direction.
The last indication was, after school (Pozo Azul School), take the trail on the right and continue until you see a high cyclone fence and a Private Property sign, it was the same.
We were going in a 4 × 4 car, so we could continue to the end.
I thought what is a high cyclone fence be? More than there were many cyclone fences, but once we saw it, it was definitely that, there was no doubt.
Once we arrived, there were some young people and children in the entrance, they told us that the fee to enter is $1.00, but the uncle, the owner of the land, was not there, so we paid to the children.
To get to Pozo Azul Waterfall, you have to go along a trail with concrete stairs, it is quite well preserved and it takes about 8 minutes to walk.
The stairs are a little slippery and steep, so you have to be careful.
At the end of the trail, you cross a waterfall that is not have too much water and then you just have to settle on one of the stones to enjoy the place.
Pozo Azul Waterfall
Pozo Azul Waterfall is a simply beautiful, well-kept and blue-water place, it is a place suitable for anyone who can go up and down the stairs, since if you stay at the lowest part, there is no major problem, but if you decide to venture into go a little higher, you must be a little in condition and very careful.
As you can imagine, I was not going to go to a river, so unfortunately, I left my swimsuit, but I dedicated myself to relax with the sound of the waters and the beautiful views.
The guys advanced a little more by the rocks to see other points, one of which people jump.
A short time later a man and 2 children arrived, they indicated that one can also jump from the bottom.
So the boys dared to jump, yes you have to be a little careful, since there are stones and this part is less deep.
Pozo Azul or Las Pilas
Pozo Azul Waterfall is in the La Vieja Community (Penonome, Cocle) and it is also known as Las Pailas, which is the original name.
It may be because it is a series of waterfalls that fall in places that look like pailas (a type of cooking pot).
However, for a few years it has been called Pozo Azul and of course the color of its waters is indisputably blue.
If you go there you can ask for Pozo Azul or Las Pailas and the residents know what you are talking about.
It was time to continue the search, since Jerry had already left the place, and on the way back we got lost, we arrived to Penenome Town, why? Easy, there is a point that is like a T, but instead of taking the left (on the way to El Valle) we continue straight (on the way to Penonome)
On the way, we tried to guide ourselves with Google Maps, but there was not enough phone signal, so it did not give us the location, thinking that there was no way to get lost.
We continued without trying again and then we got lost, of course then we had to use the App to be able to return to El Valle de Antón.
- Bring water,
- Garbage bag for you waste,
- Snacks (nuts, fruits),
- Sneakers (in case of hiking on the dirt road),
- If you are going to jump, first check the depth of the river and the points where you can fall,Zapatillas (en caso de caminar por la parte de tierra).
- Monday to Sunday.
- 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
- $2.00 entrance fee.
- $45.00 tour from El Valle de Antón, with transport and lunch*.
*Traveling Souls Panama +507 6153-8924 (WhatApps), email@example.com, Spanish and English. After my first visit, I went about 2 more times, but on those occasions I went with them, I recommend them.
Currently, there is a formal entrance, where people are charged and a wirstband is put on to keep track of the amount they enter.
Only 80 people are allowed to enter on the day, which only up to 40 can be at a time.
How to get to Pozo Azul Waterfall?
In our case, we did it by car from El Valle de Antón, we passed through Cerro La Cruz, Churiquita Chiquita, Churuquita Grande, Caimito.
Then we passed through Pozo Azul School (you will see it on the left-hand side) and take the first dirt road on the right-hand side (4 × 4 car only).
Continue straight ahead until you get the entrance, it will be on the right side, you will know it because you will see a small wooden hut where you pay the entrance.
If you are going to use an application to get there, you can place Caimito and from there you are guided by this writing, do not place Pozo Azul, because it will take you to a place where there is no trail.
From the Valle de Antón and in 4 × 4 car it is approximately 1 hour, if you go in a sedan you have to add about 50 minutes by hiking, going up and down the hill or take a 4 × 4 car (Penonome – Loma Grande) ($ 1.00) that will leave you at the trail entrance.
By bus: you can take a Panama- Penonome bus, then a 4 × 4 Penonome- Loma Grande car and you indicate that you are going to Pozo Azul or Las Pailas.
There are probably few cars, the first time I went I didn’t see any, but the 2nd time I did see several.
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