The Chagres National Park, is home to the Chagres River; created on October 2, 1984, ratified in official No.20, 238 Gazette of 4 February 1985, with 129,000 hectares extending from Cerro Azul to the closeness of the Caribbean coast in Colon.

It is one of the largest and most important of the country, conservation areas to provide water for the use of the inhabitants of Panama and Colon and the functioning of the Panama Canal. It is located on the East side of the basin of the canal in Panama and Colon provinces.

You can see on it, different as cloud forest, dry forest, tropical humid forest landscapes, rivers and Lake Alajuela making this park one of the sites more accessible and interesting for the contact with the nature.

This Park shelters many wild animals such as the agouti, rabbits painted, deer, Jaguars and our beautiful national bird, Harpy Eagle. There live people of diverse cultures: peasants and indigenous people; in its activities the agriculture, fishing and tourism.

Located in Chagres field in Chilibre, is on the road to Colon, using the path that leads to the Madden dam, about 30 km from the city of Panama.

Prices of entrance:

Foreigners B. 5.00

National B /. 3.00

B national students. 1.00

Jubilado:B /. 1.50

The history of the Chagres National Park begins with the Chagres forest reserve created on January 31, 1963, through Decree Law No.45, with 78,000 hectares approximately. Subsequently rose to a category of national park with an area of 129,000 hectares created through Executive Order No.73 of 2 October 1984, Gaceta official No.20, 238, 4 February 1985 and No.21 official Gazette, 279 of 25 April 1989, then is added to the Park 585 hectares of the reverse area called camp Chagres by resolution of JD-037-93 of 28 September 1993Gaceta Oficial No.22, 430 of 10 December 1993.

The Park protects the watershed of the Chagres River, which in 1914 was dammed at the height of the channel to form Gatun Lake, and that for a long time became the world’s largest artificial lake. In 1935 the Chagres was dammed again creating the artificial lake Alajuela, today within the National Park, with more than 5,000 hectares of surface and whose mission is to regulate the level of Gatun Lake. Today the Chagres is the only River in the world that flows into two oceans.