The Darien National Park

The Largest Protected area of Central America and the Caribbean

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The Darien National Park, created in 1980, has an approximate area of ​​560,000 hectares, which represents 33.6% of the total surface of the province of Darien.
The Park is the largest of all the National Parks of Panama and the largest protected area in Central America and the Caribbean. This tropical forest is located east of the country, bordering the Republic of Colombia, has an area of ​​579,000 hectares, being the largest natural protected area in Central America and the Caribbean.
There are premontane and montane forests, cloud forests and dwarf forests in this part of the country, as well as large mangroves. The Darien is a very humid and rainy area. The summary area of ​​the reserve contains a wide variety of ecosystems and biodiversity. Its prodigious nature includes mountain ranges of more than 2,500 meters elevation, extensive navigable rivers such as Tuira or Chucunaque. Its forests house plant species unique in the world and animals of extraordinary beauty such as the harpy eagle and the jaguar.
Due to its extraordinary biological diversity and its high genetic value, in addition to the groups that guard and practice ancestral traditions, the Darien National Park was declared in 1981, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Reserve of the Biosphere of Humanity.
The Darien National Park is a magical jungle environment that can be reached in more than one way to appreciate stunning landscapes of virgin forest.
From Panama City by air to the community closest to the Park, El Real. If you prefer the adventure you can travel by road to the community of Yaviza and then transfer to El Real by boat. The Park is a place of adventure and experience, the contact with the jungle and the indigenous groups is an extraordinary mixture of beauty and mystery. Inside the forest it is possible to observe birds, walk along their rivers or simply walk, appreciate the dances and customs of the natives.


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