The community of Santa Fe, from which the park took its name, is very small and relaxed.The locals there are very friendly to foreigners and you can find some nice activities there like horse back riding or enjoying some swimming holes and waterfalls. Bring a spring jacket, temperature can be 16°C
Santa Fe National Park is located at the north of the Veraguas province. It is a highland location with 72,636 hectares of mainly evergreen forest (95% of its surface) with several tree species. The park covers lands in both pacific and caribbean slopes, it is basically all the mountainous area in the northern part of Veraguas and includes six main rivers: Calovébora, Veraguas, Belén, Coclé del Norte, Santa María y Río Grande.
The highest point in the park is an hill with no name that is 1,964 meters over see level high.
This park is perfect for nature lovers and is famous for its evergreen forest, its variety of flowers (mainly orchids), 300 birds’ species and one of the few places in the world with evidence of the glow-throated hummingbird (Selasphorus ardens), some wild animals like the jaguar, the puma, baird’s tapir, the neotropical otter and the white-headed capuchins, and rare amphibians like the spiny cochran frog (Cochranella spinosa), leopard robber frog(Pristimantis pardalis) and the harlequin frog (Atelopus varius).
To get to this park you need to take the road from Santiago (capital of Veraguas) to Santa Fe. It is around 57km so it can take you 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there.
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