Get off the beaten track and experience life in an Embera Village, ride class two rapids amongst rainforest monkeys, and explore to your heart’s content in the dense jungle of Chagres National Park.
The Chagres River is virtually unseen thus an amazing way to travel through Chagres National Park. Due to the lack of access roads, protection against settlers, and the previous non-existence of Aventuras Panamá, this part of the river is mostly untouched. It is characterized by currents alternating with backwaters, and is considered class II, although many rapids are class III by the International Classification of River Navigation.
Due to the dense tropical forest that covers the basin of the river, sedimentation is barely there, thus providing a clear river. There are more than three hundred species of flora per hectare, and although it is the natural habitat of big tropical rainforest animals such as the tapir and jaguar, they are very seldom seen. You will however spot several monkeys such as the Spider, Howler, Whiteface Capuchin, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin, plus sloths, river otters, iguanas, toucan, and plenty of fish.
The Chagres Challenge Panama white water river rafting begins by picking up guests in Panama City at 5:00 am, to take them on a FWD vehicle to a remote village called San Cristobal, beyond the mountain town of Cerro Azul.
After a light breakfast, around 8:00 am the tour proceeds with a hike, for about hour and half, on a narrow trail that takes us deeper into the jungle until reaching an affluent of the Chagres, called Piedras River. We might have to continue hiking for another, hour or we might start rafting in Piedras River which is very shallow and most likely will require to get down to pass the raft in several spots.
At approximately 11:00 am, we will start an exciting five-hour rafting tour in the Chagres virgin jungle, all the way to Madden Lake, reaching it around 4:30 pm. We will have a fine meal somewhere along Chagres River. We will raft by several rainforest tribes conformed by the Embera. Close to Madden Lake, we will board an outboard motorboat indigenous wooden canoe, for about half an hour, to the nearest road.
Finally, you will be taken back to the original pick up site around 7:00 pm. Be ready to get some memorable rainforest pictures !
Group leader will go free with a group of more than ten people. Minors must travel with a responsible adult. Anyone from twelve to seventy years old in good health is allowed to partake. You need to walk for about one and a half hours on an uneven, muddy path.
Our guides are trained in white-water navigation, first-aid, and CPR.
Things that can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, and credit cards should not be brought with you.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.