The best time of the day…

…is obviously 5am, am I right?! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch BUT it’s definitely worth waking up that early occasionally for a sunrise hike. I set out in the dark with two friends who are also STRI interns, Zach and Zoe, up the trail to a lookout tower that’s perched up in the jungle on top of a hill. Here’s a picture of the first segment of the hike… it’s definitely a good work out to get up to the tower. 

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These stairs are MUCH steeper and each step is MUCH higher than they look, especially when you’re trekking up in the dark!

But it’s worth the effort – the tower just peeks above the top of the canopy so it’s a prime sunrise viewing spot! 

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It was such a clear, beautiful morning

There is an indigenous village on the side of the Chagres River at the left of this photo, and as the sun was coming up we could see several canoes setting out from the village and rowing up the river into the fog.

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In the opposite direction we could see Gamboa nestled in the trees and some early ships going up the canal
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All the birds woke up with the sun, like this toucan that was hanging out next to us!
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There was also a flock of parrots singing to us from another tree. They ALWAYS fly in pairs, it’s really cute
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There were also a bunch of capuchins leaping around over top of us as we hiked back down…. so cool!

Even if 5am actually didn’t feel like the best time of day when I was dragging myself out of bed, I’m glad I decided to rise to the occasion because watching the sun come up really brightened my day (hahaha).

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