Enjoy a full 8 days of adventure in the secluded and beautiful Chagres National Park area with a Panamanian local and truly immerse yourself in the scenery and life that surrounds Chagres!
A virtually untouched area, the Chagres River is a secluded area through the beautiful Chagres National Park due to it’s lack of roads.
As a result of dense tropical forest that covers the basin of the river, sedimentation is minimum; therefore, clear water can be expected very often. The flora is typical of the tropical rain forest, with more than three hundred species per hectarea. Although it is the natural habitat of big mammals such as tapir and jaguar, tropical rainforest animals, they are very seldom encountered. It is much easier to spot several others samples of the fauna, such as monkeys of the rainforest(spider, howler, whiteface capuchin, Geoffrey’s Tamarin), sloth, river otter, iguana, tucan, and plenty of fish.
The Chagres National Park is also the habitat of Embera Rainforest Tribes. Natives that have adapted to live in jungles by the river. We will visit them.
The San Blas Archipelago, with more than 350 islands spreading out along the isthmus, together with the northeast of Panama from Colon to Colombia, from the Caribbean Ocean up to the continental divide at the isthmus mountain range defines San Blas or Guna Yala, the homeland of Guna Natives.
Gunas are well known by their molas, a bright and colorful fabric they manufacture and wear in their female dress.
They are politically a nation within Panama with their own language, culture, laws and territory. However, they are also Panamanians.
There wasn´t a single road(not until 2007) connecting Guna Yala with the rest of Panama. Guna´s efforts to preserve their own identity, and control over San Blas has made it possible to keep this region as the pristine paradise it is today.
Arrive to Panama City
On day 1 you will be welcomed by our local guides at the Tocumen International Airport near Panama City and be transferred to a city hotel in Panama. We will have a welcome for you and your group at 7pm in the hotel Lobby.
You will be lodged at the Hotel Marbella in Panama City.
Day 2 will be an early start, at 7am you will embark in vehicle to the remote village of San Cristobal which is located past the mountains of Cerro Azul in the north-eastern part of Panama City.
After driving through the mountains you will be taken on a hike for about 2-3 hours through the scenic Chagres National Park up to Rio Piedras and then board rafts to float downstream into the untouched jungles of the Chagres River.
You will be served lunch at the end of the river and continue rafting downstream to the Madden Lake.
Upon reaching Madden Lake you will set up camp on the shore of river or stay in a local Embera Village around 4 to 6pm.
Lodging at Tent Camp and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
Indigenous Embera Village visit
After eating breakfast you will take down camp and then start the day in a local Embera village of the indigenous Embera natives.
On the trek to the local village you will be taken on a native wooden canoe called ‘piragua’ that will take you to their village.
Spend the whole day immersing yourself in the hospitality of the Embera Natives and then return to the city hotel of Marbella to recharge and get ready for another couple days of adventure.
Breakfast and Lunch proivided on this day.
Visit the archipelago of San Blas and enjoy a day of Sea kayaking and Snorkeling on day 4!
Day 4 will be an early start as you will be picked up at 5am and be transported to the beautifully scenic San Blas. It will be a 3 hour drive to reach the Atlantic. One you arrive you will seize the day by kayaking around the area and camp the night out.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner served on this day.
Days 5 – 7
Enjoy two days full of kayak exploring and snorkeling.
These days will be dedicated to exploring the surrounding areas through sea kayaks and snorkeling sessions!
Camp will be lodging and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on these days.
Return to the capital.
Breakfast will be served on this day.
Group leader will go free for a group of more than eight persons
Please contact operator for more information
This tour is for the more adventerous and includes rigurous hiking / kayaking days.
Itinerary can change based on weather conditions.
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.