• Cerro Ancon
  • Highest natural point in the capital at 199m
  • Ancon Hill was under the jurisdiction of the United States as part of the Panama Canal Zone, then it was given back to Panama in 1977
  • The name Ancon is an acronym for Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la NatuelezaNational (Association for the Conservation of Nature)
  • The first ship to officially transit the Panama Canal in 1914 was the SS Ancon
  • The famous pirate Henry Morgan used Ancon Hill to scout the local defenses
  • The flag is roughly the size of a basketball court
  • 39 species of sloths, monkeys, birds, and insects can be found during the hike
  • Some bunker gates near the guardhouse mark where the US military dug a tunnel into the heart of the hill

A taxi will take you to Ancon Hill, and can usually get you all the way to the top. Otherwise you can walk up the paved road, taking short cuts by climbing up the stairs that you will see on the way.

Hiking Ancon Hill takes roughly 30-40 minutes each way and is an easy to moderate hike. The trail is 1 kilometer each way (0.6 miles) with a 120-meter (393 feet) elevation gain.