You never know what you are going to
see at the river. For three months out of the year the
river is tame. This is because of the dry season that
keeps the tropics rain free. Once rainy season starts
the river is ready to be normal or 15 foot above crest in an
hour. The local favorite is river shrimp. These
crayfish can grow up to 16 inches long and the flavor is
beyond clean and delicious.
San Miguel River is a major river in the
Coclé Mountains of
the Continental Divide. A favorite
river activity is crawdad catching.
The crawdad trap is made of Bejuco which
is a type of local wood. Just like
any trap, the bait is placed inside and
placed in the river. The
interesting part of this trap is
there is no trap door. The
crawfish inters the trap but cannot get
back out due to the bejuco pointing to
the inside of the trap. These are
extreme crawfish. The big ones reach 16
the river is a multi person task.
So many variables have to be considered,
the correct height of the river,
expectation of rain etc. The task
is conducted by 3 or more people just to
get the net set in the river. Nets
are hard to come by so risking the net
is not an option. The river fish
average 2lb and are the Panama version
of trout. Other types of river
fish are Oscars and River Sharks.
The largest recorded river net outing
was 23 Trout.
The ecology of the river basin is used
for many different specialties.
The coffee plantation just off the banks
of the river and has been for hundreds
Jose Crossing the San Miguel River
Waterfall sits just off the river. The
trail to the waterfall is 30 feet above the
river. This is a 1000 foot of trail that
just past the estate climb from the river basin.
The steep angle and narrow passage are the most
treacherous on the estate. The approximate
height of the waterfall is 28 feet. The
southing sounds of the water dropping combined
with the deep jungle sounds is an experience
like no other. Every group holds a silence
for many minutes just to soak in something that
you don't see everyday.
150 feet of elevation above the
waterfall is the creek bed where
cloths are washed at the estate