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Ancon Hill

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Rising approximately 654 ft. above sea level, or about half the height of the Empire State Building, Ancon Hill offers visitors unparalleled views of the surrounding area, including the Amador Causeway, Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama Bay, Bridge of the Americas, and the Panama Canal. There are three viewing areas from which to choose, a short distance from each other.

Ancon Hill is the highest point within the Panama Canal basin and resides just west of downtown, towering over Panama City.

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The Viewing Areas

Two viewing areas face south overlooking Panama City, Panama Bay, Casco Viejo, and the Amador Causeway. The lower-lying of the two resides along the cement path that leads to and from the access road. To reach the upper section, you'll need to walk up a short, steep incline; the Panamanian flag rests at the very top of Ancon Hill. Tall tree growth partially obstructs the view in both locations, though you should be able to see Casco Antiguo and the Cinta Costera that wraps around it in their entireties.

The sole platform facing north offers panoramic, unobstructed views of the Bridge of the Americas, Albrook Airport, Balboa Port, and, on a clear day, the southernmost section of the Panama Canal, e.g., Miraflores Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks, Cocoli Locks, and the Centenary Bridge.

Panoramic views of Panama City, Casco Antiguo, and the Cinta Costera are also possible from the road that leads to the top. There are few openings in the forest that provide expansive, unobstructed views. In my opinion, the views here are superior to those at the top. Vehicles are not permitted to stop when ascending or descending, so you'll need to walk (see below for more information on walking to the top).

Getting to Ancon Hill

There is no public transportation to and from Ancon Hill. You will need to arrange your transportation. The single-lane access road that leads to the top passes through the upscale residential community of Quarry Heights, which resides just behind the Panama Canal Administration Building.

If you prefer to walk to the top, you'll need to get to MiPueblito; most taxis will know where this is. It's just a few minutes from downtown and on the way to the Bridge of the Americas. From the entrance of MiPueblito, follow the paved road that leads left. Before reaching its end, which isn't very far, you'll see a staircase off to the right side. It has freshly painted red handrails, so you can't miss them. Climb the staircases, and when you read the access road, turn right; to the left is the entrance gate. The road is relatively steep, but not overly so. It shouldn't take any more than 20-30 minutes to reach the top. The road is in good condition, but keep an eye out for passing vehicles.

Ancon Hill is open daily, and there is no entrance fee. There are no public bathrooms, but I did see a few portable toilets. I recommend you bring something to drink because there are no stores nearby and refreshments are not available up top.

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