La Semilla - Tranquil Escape in Cerro Azul

Cerro Azul Private Jacuzzi Terrace

During these times of quarantine in Panama the last thing I want is to be locked away in some high rise for days or weeks on end. Of course, maintaining social distance is key and not traveling has been discouraged, but what if you find a tranquil mountain escape where you can enjoy the beauties of nature without putting anyone at risk? As I'm sure you might agree - sign me up! I had the opportunity to escape up to the nearby cloud forest of Cerro Azul about one hour drive outside of Panama City. This place is a serene landscape with lake, hiking trails, wild life and plush accommodations. Staying at La Semilla Ecolodge, I was able to rip down to the lake only 5 min away where I rented kayaks for $3 per 30 min. Grabbing a kayak and heading into the middle of the lake was so relaxing, with blue skies above and a light breeze the weather in January couldn't have been better especially since I saw that it was pouring rain in the city at the time. When it came to hiking I was able to depart right off the property down to a pristine river where howler monkeys provided the soundtrack and toucans cut through the skies above. The hike was easy enough, but difficult in altitude changes straight down and straight up, but the natural pools in the river that we found was worth it. It looks like La Semilla is preparing a short loop trail right off the property for those not as adventurous, which will only be about 20-25 min so nice and easy for all others. The river hike to