Quiqui Waterfall (Cascada Quiqui) is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever been to. Because of the remote location; very few tourists make the trip keeping it almost completely natural. If you are traveling through Panama and want to get off the beaten path; this waterfall is a must see!
How to Get There
Quiqui Waterfall is a 2 hour drive from David making it the perfect day trip! If you`re staying in Boquete; there is a bus that departs hourly to the station in David making transportation super easy. Since the road to Quiqui Waterfall is rocky and involves crossing a small creek; a 4×4 is absolutely required. We rented a Toyota Helux from Budget Ren-A-Car in David which worked out perfectly. Check out the map for our driving route from David to the parking area.
What to Bring
If you`re heading to Quiqui Waterfall for the day make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, running shoes, and a towel. The waterfall is in a remote area so you wont find any restaurants, hotels, or English for that matter. There are plenty of grocery stores in both Boquete and David so pack a lunch and some road snacks to get you through the day.
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The waterfall is situated in the Ngabe-bugle Comarca Privinve along the Rio Quiqui (Quiqui River). Since the waterfall is on private land, you will have to pay a small fee of $3 USD per person. When we arrived; a local lady hanging out on a hammock accepted our fee and took us to the trail head.
The trail is only 1-2 km long and fairly well maintained; however it can get steep in a few sections. After only 5 minutes of hiking, you will begin to catch glimpses of the waterfall. Cascada Quiqui plunges over 50 feet off the side of an overhanging cliff into a beautiful blue lagoon. Spend your day swimming in the clear water and exploring the trail leading behind the waterfall.