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%.
On this ecological tour, you will visit a privately owned and operated chocolate farm with botanical gardens. Walk through the lush tropical rainforest, botanical gardens and cacao plantation of the property’s 30 acres, while being introduced to the area’s flora and fauna. Howler monkeys, toucan...
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 opportun...
This special journey will bring you to a a local Embera village on the Chagres River for a unique peek into the lives of one of Panama’s 7 recognized indigenous tribes. The Embera people have populated the Choco region of western Colombia and the Darien region of eastern Panama for centuries, long...
On this historical tour, you will follow in the steps of Gonzalo de Badajoz, a Spanish conquistador sent to search for gold in the Panamanian territory in the early 16th century. Since gold held ritual significance to the indigenous Indians occupying these lands, Badajoz was met with strong resistan...
Today you will enjoy a full-day guided tour to Volcan, a magical place in the highlands, located at the foot of Baru Volcano. During this visit, you will stop at the beautiful Finca Drácula, an estate tucked into the edge of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve. It is known for its 2,200 species of orchids...
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 ...
Set off into the sky for a memorable experience soaring over Panama City and the Panama Canal in a private helicopter. This one-hour ride will take you from ocean to ocean, with exclusive views of the San Lorenzo Fortress, indigenous Embera villages, and the Canal’s full operations and current exp...
Honey has a long-standing history with humans, dating back thousands of years. While today it is commonly used in various products for sweetening and flavoring, it has also been used for medicinal purposes and also religious rituals. Today you will visit a private honey farm in the highlands. Here y...
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 ...
Enjoy an ecological boat tour on Gatun Lake, a large manmade lake formed when the Gatun Dam was built across the Chagres River between 1907 and 1913. At the time of its creation, Gatun Lake was the largest artificial lake in the world, encompassing 430 square kilometers (166 sq mi). Today it remains...
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 ...