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%.
Volcán Barú, a dormant volcano just south of the Continental Divide, is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the same time with the naked eye. Dozens of people attempt the climb daily, hoping to make it to the summit before...
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 island-hopping off the Pacific coast of Panama in a private boat! The Pearl Islands, an archipelago of over 200 islands and islets, is located just one hour from Panama City by speedboat and is the perfect place for some quality beach time and snorkeling in a paradisiacal setting.
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.
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...
Anglers from across the globe flock to Panama’s oceans for its rewarding big game fishing. Year-round fishing is possible along the Pacific coast, where the bait fish are plentiful. One of the best fishing destinations in Panama is the Pearl Islands, located just one hour from Panama City by speed...
This partial transit of the Panama Canal either follows a southbound or northbound route, depending on the day. On the partial transit, you will pass through two of the Canal’s three sets of locks: Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. The southbound route boards the shared boat in Gamboa and b...
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...
Let’s explore the Herrera Highlands, another area profusely inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era, and which contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. We will visit two local families to know the artisanal manufacturing process of sugarcane honey and the variet...
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...
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 ...