In addition to Albergue Navas, the Navas family rents rooms in their cabaña in La Rica. From here you can take day hikes to the summits of Cerro Marta (1046m) and Cerro Peña Blanca (1314m), visit the impressive waterfalls of Chorros de Tife and hike to the ruins of the plane that crashed here in 1981, killing president Omar Torrijos.
La Rica, a beautiful community inside the park, is remote (no phone, electricity or road) and the hiking is strenuous, but it is a nature-lover’s dream and comes highly recommended. All the arrangements can be made through the Navas family (Spanish only). Call ahead or ask around for them when you reach Barrigon.