Our Neighbor Cerro Hoya Park
Just a few miles from the back of Rancho Los Buzos, or more down the coast, lies one of Panama’s national treasures, the beautiful and remote Cerro Hoya National Park. Cerro Hoya reaches from the moist tropical rainforests, keys and coral reefs of the coast to the deciduous dry forests of the highest mountains in the Azuero peninsula. The park contains the headwaters of the Tonosi, Portobelo and Pavo Rivers, sustaining life below and creating spectacular waterfalls on the way.
With its vast range of micro-climates, Cerro Hoya is a hotbed of biodiversity: variety through landscape variation. As is true for Panama overall, sections of Cerro Hoya only 50 kilometers apart are less alike than sections of the western Amazon that are 30 times as distant from each other. This incredible and dynamic richness of life coupled with its raw, untouched state make Cerro Hoya a must-see destination for lovers of nature and of ecology in action
Cerro Hoya is home to over 95 species of birds, including species endemic to Panama including rare ones such as the Azuero Parakeet, and Brown-backed Dove, Great Green and Scarlet Macaws, and more common species such as kingfishers, the Great Curassow, Great Tinamou and Lance-tailed Manakin. Cerro Hoya is also a refuge for predatory birds such as the enormous King Vulture, the Osprey and the Mangrove Black Hawk
Cerro Hoya’s mammals include tamandua anteaters, sloths, agoutis, paca, white-tailed deer, squirrels, ocelots, jaguar, white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys. The pantropical spotted dolphin has been reported near the coast.
The park has some 30 species of endemic plants. Orchids, ferns and mosses grow in abundance. The most common forest species are mahogany, espave, guayacan, cuipo, oak, spiny cedar and barrigon. The rare and exotic hardwood species monterillo has been spotted here as well.
Cerro Hoya contains the largest remaining area of untouched deciduous dry forest in Panama, providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for expeditions.