Experiences in Chiriqui – Boquete

Glide through the treetops of century-old forests

High above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering the National Park La Amistad and the famous Baru volcano. Tarzan, 21st century! Who would have thought that a technology utilized hundreds of years ago by our indigenous people and later perfected by botanists and naturalists to observe and study the behaviors of wild creatures in their natural habitat, would be transformed into one of the most revered extreme sports.

A harness, an ultra-resistant steel cable and gravity are the only elements necessary to suspend and propel the fearless rider in this incredible adrenaline rush.

Los Quetzales trail unites the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta

and is one of Panama’s most visited and popular hikes, named for a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Quite elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to observe and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other bird species native to the area.

From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud forest and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete.

The tour starts with a two hours drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your hiking adventure on the Quetzal Trail starts. Please note that there are two options of transportation available: A normal a/c motorcoach taking you to the park entrance or a strong 4×4 vehicle that takes you to the ranger station in the park. Chosing the 4×4 vehicle means about 2 hours less hiking, the most challenging part of the trail (uphill at the beginning and downhill at the end) will be done by car.

Duration: 10 hours

Includes: Roundtrip transportation from Boquete, English speaking ornithologist guide, picnic lunch

Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rainjacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, water.

Travel the countryside on ancient Indian trails

Saddle up and head out from the Caldera Spring for a casual ride through the lush mountainside. Your horse knows the way, so you can enjoy the sun in your face, the wind in your hair, and maybe a Toucan overhead. The Caldera Hot Springs are natural hot springs produced by the emergence of geo-thermally-heated groundwater from the earth’s crust. There are 3 hot baths, of varying temperatures, at the Caldera Hot Springs.

Ample time is provided to lounge in the hot spring, lavish your body with volcanic mud, bake in the sun, and rinse off in the cool waters of the Caldera River. Iguanas, Jesus Christ Lizards (named as they can run across water), Toucans, and an occasional boa can sometimes be spotted.

Duration: 5 hours

Includes: Transportation, English speaking guide, entrance fee, snacks

Bring: Hiking shoes or sneakers, long pants, bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, water.

For the Baru Volcano Hike you will be picked up at 6 a.m. at your hotel.

You will enjoy a lovely drive uphill to the Volcan Baru National Park Ranger Station. From there you will start the challenging hike to the highest point of Panama. Depending on your level of fitness you will reach the top between 4 and 6 hours. If the wheather conditions are good, you will be able to see both oceans from the top of the volcano. On the summit you will enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you will hike back down, this takes between 3 and 5 hours. After the tour you will be dropped of at your hotel.

While hiking up the volcano you will encounter 6 different climate zones: humid mountain forest, low humid mountain forest, low humid mountain rainforest, mountain rainforest, very humid mountain rainforest and pre-mountain rainforest. The average annual temperatures vary between 20°C at the Park Ranger Station to under 10°C on the top of the volcano.

The Palon Section (literally "big stick") of Rio Chiriqui Viejo river is a class III and IV with non stop excitement

Pristine tropical forest, and more. Considerably narrower than its counterpart and dropping at a faster speed the Viejo requires quick, tight maneuvering to get through the many rock gardens and enormous boulders and delivers continuous white water that contribute to its class IV ranking. This is a guaranteed ride of a lifetime for rafters seeking a thrill.

During dry season (Dec.-May): During your decent down the river, you will stop for lunch at beautiful location. Here, you will take a short hike to an incredible picturesque 30 foot waterfall. This is a truly remarkable sight.

During rainy season: (June-Nov.): With more water, and more speed, this time of the year is ideal for those searching for the biggest thrill. During this excursion, the river guide will lead a descent through the entire Palon section and most of the Sabo section of this river.

Minimum age: 12 years

Duration: 10 hours

Bring: clothes to swim (shorts, shirt, hat), dry clothes and towel for after the trip, sunscreen, water, shoes that will not come off your feet, copy of your passport.