Fondo de Pantalla

Our Trips

Paddling the River of Gold

Paddling in Chagres

The Chagres River and Fort San Lorenzo

The Chagres River is unquestionably one of the Great Rivers of the World. This section of river has seen more gold than all the rivers in the world combined and paddling along her contains many memories of ardent battles for Pre-Colombian, Incan and Spanish treasures.

At the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the legendary river, Fort San Lorenzo bears witness to 400 years of history in the hands of Spanish kings, British admirals and famous intrepid buccaneers like Francis Drake and Henry Morgan.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Fort San Lorenzao and the River of Gold make an exhilarating historical, natural and recreational adventure.


Sunset Sea Kayak

Paddling in the Panama Canal

Explore the Entrance of the Panama Canal

Impressive and thrilling, the Panama Canal entrance is the door to one of the most highly traveled waterways in the world. The striking engineering of the Canal is able to handle more than 12,000 ships per year.

Along the coastal forest shore, common bird species include soaring magnificent frigates, gliding brown pelicans, darting flocks of parrots, ibis and various other wading migratory shore birds.

Paddling along side the Canal from stable, efficient sea kayaks accompanied by professional guides, the adventure provides an atypical perspective of Panama’s natural and cultural heritage.


Sea Kayaking Rainforest Canyons

Birdwatching

Lago Alajuela and the Chagres National Park

The Chagres National Park is one of the most valuable primary forest treasures in the Republic of Panama, as Lago Alajuela’s sparkling waters are a major part of the hydrologic basin of the Panama Canal. The pristine riparian environments of this watershed host a luxurious variety of tropical wildlife including species such as jaguars, howler monkeys, anteaters and the majestic harpy eagle. Myriads of picturesque bird species are exposed along the park’s rainforest fjords. Silent paddling provides a remarkable experience for passionate and first- time bird watchers alike.


Panama Canal Water Trails

Gatun Lake

Lago Gatun and the Soberania National Park

The construction of Gatun Dam in the Chagres Valley in the early 1900’s has provided waters for thousands of ships to transit across the Isthmus of Panama. Today these waters are the massive 470km2 Gatun Lake, that in years past, was the largest manmade lake in the world. Paddling Lake Gatun along its pristine bright green banks, between its numerous islands, over the extensive underwater vegetation and through the still standing tips of submerged trees is a real neo-tropical safari. Thousands of refugee wildlife species live in this spectacular environment.

Soberania National Park touches Gatun’s borders. This park is one of the most accessible tropical forests in the country. Paddling along the Soberania National Park, the primary rainforest edges provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. This can include manatees, sloths, kinkajous, coatimundis, capybaras, caimans, crocodiles, white faced capuchins, Geoffroy’s tamarins, spider monkey, night monkeys and howler monkeys are all common in the area. Legendary beautiful species like jaguars and harpy eagles also call this home.


Expedition Paddling with the Kuna

Kayaking in Yuna Yala

The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Kuna Yala

In close collaboration with Kuna authorities and under organized community managed sustainable tourism development frameworks, we’ll use our stable sea kayaks to explore the islands West of the traditional community of Digir. It was here where several important actions of the Kuna Revolution took place in 1925, resulting in law 16 of 1954 by the Republic of Panama that guarantees the Kuna their sovereignty and territorial boundaries.

A detailed study in 2003 by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Kuna NGO, PEMASKY; showed that Kuna Yala has the highest diversity of coral species as well as the best reef development in all of Panama. We will become intimately familiar with them as our Kuna guides paddle with us between several different small white sand islands, where the greatest snorkeling is right outside your tent.

The cultural interaction on this journey is unprecedented. The itinerary will remain flexible, to take into account weather conditions, currents and tides, and we expect an occasional non-paddling day to provide ample opportunity for exploratory hikes - bring good walking shoes for pristine forest creek bed trekking!


Biodiversity & Adventure Sichirtupo

River trekking

Community Protected Area Kuna Yala

The remote small island of Sichirdupo is an idyllic tropical white sand island where the Kuna are working to conserve a rich marine area. Fantastic snorkeling (some of the richest and most diverse in the Caribbean), sea kayaking and a rich island environment are some of the highlights of this adventure.

Rich rainforest thrives from the coast to the continental divide. With its sovereignty, Kuna Yala (Land of the Kuna) is the largest expanse of primary forest in Central America, and the rivers run clear and pure. Panama is famous for its biological diversity, with species diversity over distance greater than in the Amazon!

Your days consist of a wide variety of activities. Our use of sea kayaks allows us access to some of the more remote and less traveled spaces in the archipelago. Paddling to an uninhabited section of the mainland, we enjoy a memorable walk up along the pristine banks of the Rio Mangles. Creek-bed hiking through the pristine rainforest provides us with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing.


Custom Itineraries

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Not a kayaker? Not a problem. We arrange many custom adventures throughout the year, including luxury lodge based treks as well as multi-day mountain bike rides. We are also happy to assist those who seek a strictly culture focused experience or the photograph safari.

As the pioneers of community travel in Kuna Yala, we have several options to help arrange your stay with the village or indigenous ecolodge. Just ask!