Straddling the continental divide just over 30km northwest of Penonomé is the little-visited but spectacular Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos (often called “El Copé” after the nearby village of the same name), named after Panama’s flamboyant populist leader whose plane mysteriously crashed into one of the park’s highest peaks. Scenery ranges from mist-shrouded cloudforest to abundant subtropical vegetation, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and hiking, and the park is chock-full of wildlife.

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