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Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
Small group ensures personal service
1st day: Arrival to Panama City You will be welcomed at Tocumen International Airport, nearby Panama City and transferred to a Panama City Hotel. Lodging at Hotel Marbella** 2nd day: The Chagres Challenge Get ready for an early start at 7 am when you will be picked and taken in an all-terrain vehicle to the remote village of San Cristobal, which is past the mountains of Cerro Azul, northeast of Panama City. After a wild 4x4 drive through your own made highway, you will hike for about 2-3 hours on a trail within Chagres National Park up to Rio Piedras, a Chagres River tributary or all the way to Chagres River. Here you will get into rafts to float downstream (Class II-III rapids) into the untouched jungles of the upper basin of the Chagres River. Lunch will be by the river and continue rafting further downstream passing an impressive granite canyon with some white water rapid action, and ending just before encountering Madden Lake. The camp will be set up in a river shore or stay the night on an Embera Village around 4-6 p.m. Lodging at Tent Camp – breakfast, lunch, dinner 3rd day: Embera Indian Village After breakfast you will help to take down the camp in river shore and leave no trace behind in the case of improvised camp or start the day on the Embera village. Along the trek you will be expected by a “piragua” (native wooden canoe equipped with outboard motor) that will take you to their Embera Indian Village. After sharing the kind hospitality of Embera Natives you will get back to the “piragua” that will take you to the nearest road. A driver will be expecting to bring you back to civilization, and back to city hotel. Lodging Hotel Marbella* – breakfast, lunch 4th day: San Blas Archipelago - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Pick up at 05:00 am to be transported in 4x4 to San Blas. It will be a 3 hour drive in which will cross the continental divide from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Once in the ocean a motorboat will take you to the recent set base camp. Today the group will get a taste of sea kayaking in a nearby circuit. Lodging at camp – breakfast, lunch, dinner 5th - 7th days: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Explore near by island and reefs, lodging at camp – breakfast, lunch, dinner 8th day: Departure Early wake up to pack and make it out by 07:00 am after breakfast. Back to mainland onboard motorboat and back to Panama City in vehicles 4x4. Arrive to Panama City around 12:00 pm.
All mentioned transportation, rafts or duckies, sea kayak (tandem or single) and related gear
Lodging (2 nights at Hotel Marbella**, Panama City, 1 night at Tent Campsite by upper Chagres River, Chagres National Park, Panama, 4 nights at Tent Campsite at San Blas, Panama)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
The rainy season in Panama starts in April-May and ends by November-December. Due to changing river water level it can not be defined in advance where you will stay the night on river shore. At San Blas, usually the north wind settles from December to March which does not allow you to go as far as Cayos Holandeses. On this months camp is usually set on Cayos Limon.
Minimum age is 12 years
You will be welcomed at Tocumen International Airport, nearby Panama City and transfered to your Panama City Hotel.