If you’ve run around Panama City, one of the first things you’ll notice is that it’s relatively flat. The most popular jogging routes, the Cinta Costera and Parque Omar, are great for gliding runs, but if your next race includes serious inclines…?
Cerro Ancón, the tree covered hill smack in the city center with a large Panamanian flag waving on top, is your answer. You may have to do several repeats to get in your full workout, but this paved, ~mile long, uphill trail offers a nice challenge!
Get there early, run lightly and keep your eyes peeled! Monkeys, sloths, ñeques, butterflies and an array of birds call Cerro Ancón home. And, at the top, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Casco Viejo, Canal and Downtown!
On top of the fantastic natural setting, Cerro Ancón also has an intriguing history. Formerly part of the US Canal Zone, Cerro Ancón has a mysterious network of bunkers running through it. The US Southern Command operated its radio communications from the hill. Cerro Ancón is also a grand symbol of Panamanian sovereignty. The giant flag was raised on the hill after the territory was returned to Panama in 1979 as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
Watch out for bicycles and taxis as you cruise! Happy running!