Spend the day in nature on an exciting day outside of Panama City in the surrounding rainforest. Begin with a morning visit to Soberania National Park, a biodiverse swatch of rainforest only 16 miles outside of the city. Spanning 55,000 acres, the park is known for its abundance of birds, with over 525 species identified here.
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.
After being picked up by your guide early in the morning, you will be driven for two hours to the magical Anton Valley. This enchanting town located within a dormant volcanic crater is filled with abundant flora and fauna. The crater rises 600 meters above sea level and provides many hiking opportunities.
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.
Panama is one of the top bird-watching destinations in Latin America, with over 950 species identified here, and the different microclimates of the Chiriquí Highlands makes Boquete and its surroundings a prime place for birding. On this nature excursion, you will hike along the ecological paths of Baru National Park and learn about the different bird species that inhabit this unique ecosystem. These trails will lead you through coffee plantations and the tropical forest of Boquete. This is the most accessible region of Chiriquí’s Highlands where the beautiful Quetzal bird can be seen thanks to the conservation of the forest and the “Aguacatillo” tree, which provides the Quetzal with its favorite fruit.
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!