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%.
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...
On this full-day tour of Panama City, your guide will illuminate some of the highlights of this tropical metropolis. Start with a visit to the remains of the former capital city of Panama—Panamá Viejo, or Old Panama—founded in 1519 and looted by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
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...
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, ove...
Founded in 1597, Portobelo was once an important port where silver, gold, spices and many other goods were traded from the new world to the old world. Visit the fortresses built by the Spaniards to protect the zone from piracy and learn how these colonies influenced the local culture living in the a...
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 ...
Follow the famous route that thousands of cargo ships take each year on a full transit of the Panama Canal. This one-day canal crossing on a shared boat first crosses under the Bridge of the Americas and then navigates through all three sets of the Canal’s locks: the Pedro Miguel Locks, the Mirafl...
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...
The majority of high-quality Panamanian coffee is produced in the province of Chiriquí, where the soil is uniquely enriched by Volcán Baru’s volcanic ash. Today you will have the opportunity to visit one of the area’s top working coffee plantations, where you will see the entire process from b...
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 ...
You will be taken to Playa El Arenal in Pedasí, where our boat will be waiting to take you to Iguana Island, a wildlife refuge 8 kilometers off the coast. The island is famous for its white sand beach, crystal waters, extensive mangrove forests and coral riffs, which include 12 different types of c...
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.