After being picked up at your hotel this morning by your guide, you will be driven eastward for two hours to Lake Bayano. On the way, you will pass small village sin the region and cross the impressive Bayano dam, which generates electricity for the province of Panama and surrounding areas.
Spend the morning in nature on an exciting visit to Soberania National Park, a biodiverse swatch of rainforest only 16 miles outside of Panama City. Spanning 55,000 acres, the park is known for its abundance of birds, with over 525 species identified here. Soberania National Park is also part of an ecotourism and environmental education project whose main objective is to conserve the area’s birds through environmental sustainability projects.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for your one-hour car ride towards the city of Colon, located on the Atlantic coast of Panama. First you will stop at the San Lorenzo Fort, a castle and fortress built by the Spaniards in 1598 to protect the entrance to the Chagres River from pirate attacks. The Chagres River was a very important waterway for the transportation of gold and many other goods from ocean to ocean, eventually ending up in Europe. This fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO In 1980.
Located two hours from Panama City by boat, the Pearl Islands is an archipelago of over 200 islands and islets off the Pacific coast. First settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, the Pearl Islands were named for the thousands of pearls found there. Today the islands are best known for their lush vegetation, clear waters, sparsely populated beaches and fascinating marine life. One of the highlights is spotting the amazing humpback whales during their winter migration, from July through November, when they come here to breed and give birth. Watching these magnificent whales is a unique experience and a spectacle not to miss!
This adrenaline-filled day will begin with a drive to Finca Guazan in the highlands of Herrera. After instructions from your guide, you will saddle your horse and enjoy a 30-minute horseback ride to reach Guazan Falls. On the ride, enjoy amazing views of the surrounding hills and even the ocean, overlooking the Montijo Gulf.
You will be transferred to the port of Cañas, where our boat will be waiting to take us out to Isla Cañas. On the short boat ride, enjoy the mangroves and the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Cañas Island, with over 8.5 miles of beach, is the most important nesting site for sea turtles on Panama’s Pacific Coast. From July to mid-November, thousands of sea turtles of five different species arrive to the coast of Isla Cañas to nest from October to mid-January, when the baby turtles hatch.
Explore the Herrera Highlands, an area that was extensively inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era and which contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. You will visit two local families to observe the artisanal manufacturing of sugarcane honey and see the variety of orchids found in its fresh climate.
Whether you are a first-time rider or a horse lover, this horseback riding experience through the warmer Caldera highlands above the Boquete Valley provides spectacular views of this picturesque region. In Caldera, you will saddle up and head out on a trail that meanders through open golden fields, green rolling hills, across the mountain ridge, and then down into the lush rainforest. From here, you will have an amazing panoramic of the Pacific Ocean, Chiriqui’s lowlands and Volcán Barú. Experience Boquete from a new perspective!
Fly high above the canopy of a beautiful forest on this amazing zip-line adventure! The tour traverses a cloud forest through century-old trees, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and, possibly, a gentle rain called bajareque. The wildlife within the treetops is immense and varied, making it possible to appreciate some of the area’s native species.
Spend an adrenaline-filled day navigating the world-class rapids of the many rivers in Panama’s Chiriquí province! Depending on water levels, prior experience and interest, your experienced bilingual guide will choose the appropriate river and route. Even beginners can enjoy the classic Class II and III run on the Río Chiriquí! More seasoned paddlers can find thrill in some more challenging rapids as well. Possible rivers include: Río Chiriquí Viejo, Río Fonesca, Río Gariche and Río Chiriquí.