Kayaking & The Rainforest
Begin with a morning visit to Gatun Lake for an amazing ecological boat ride and kayaking on the lake. Gatun Lake is located within an immensely diverse tropical ecological zone and is surrounded by untouched exotic rainforest. Barro Colorado Island, the largest island on the lake, has been protected as a nature reserve by the U.S. Government since 1923 and is the one of the most important sites of scientific study on tropical forests in the world. A ride on the lake will reveal the area’s many different species of birds, monkeys, iguanas and sloths, among others. After reaching Monkey Island by boat, you will get into kayaks and start paddling on the lake—for approximately 2-3 hours, depending on interest and energy level—accompanied by your private guide. You will also have the opportunity to navigate and kayak close to massive ships as they wait to cross the Canal.
Afterwards, enjoy lunch and then continue 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.
At the park, enjoy a walk on the trails to take in the rainforest scenery and discover its great variety of bird and mammal species. Howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, coatis and white-faced capuchin monkeys all call the park home. Also climb Soberania’s 40 meter (131-ft) observation tower to observe the famous blue cotinga and toucans, and visit the viewing platform by the lake.
The perfect adventure for nature lovers!
Approximately 7 hours.
Transportation from and to city hotel, water, boat ride, kayaks, park donation, naturalist guide and lunch.
We will pick you up at your hotel in the city at approximately 8:00 am.
WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable clothing, good traction shoes, bug spray, sunglasses, camera, hat and sunscreen. Light raincoat on rainy season (April-Nov).
The following information is a Panama tipping guide:
- Shuttle Driver $ 2.00 per person, per day.
- Sightseeing tour driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
- Tour guide $ 10.00 per person, per day.
- Tour boat driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
- Bellboys and airports $ 1.00 per bag.
- Waiter / a restaurant 10% – 15%.
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