Chagres National Park
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Rivers, mountains, Rainforest
It is located between the Province of Panama and Colon, in the Eastern sector of the Panama Canal with a total surface area of 129,000 hectares (320,000 acres).
Established in 1985, protects Alajuela Lake and the Chagres River basin. The water flowing from the park comprises nearly 40 percent of the water in the Panama Canal. The Chagres River was dammed to form the Panama Canal in 1914 and again in 1935 to form Lake Alajuela.
The park has tropical rainforests and mountainous terrain. The park’s rivers – which not only include the Chagres, but also the Pequeni and Boquerón – offer visitors a place to kayak, raft, and fishing.
Is home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals. An indigenous Embera tribe lives along the upper reaches of Lake Alajuela. It’s possible to visit the village and get a sense of what indigenous life in Panama is like.