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Panama Canal through the Chagres River provided by Adventures Panama

Panama Canal through the Chagres River

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HIGHLIGHTS • 7 nights all included package • Embera Villages • 4x4, hiking, • Pristine Chagres National Park • rafting, kayaking • Panama Canal • Forth San Lorenzo • Camping • Gateway: Panama City If you're an experienced sea kayaker looking for a trip that will test your skills and leave you satisfyingly exhausted, then you will enjoy a thorough exploration of the Chagres River in a small group of people, from beginning to end. A dam at the river's northern terminus, just before it meets the Atlantic Ocean, forms Gatun Lake, which makes up the main body of the Panama Canal. You'll hear the roar of howler monkeys from the vast jungle on your left and spot giant ships from a safe distance on your right as you paddle the length of Gatun Lake, sleeping as a guest in the huts of indigenous Embera tribes and wilderness camps along the way.
Full Map
15 stops
Day 1
Arrival to Panama City
Day 2
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks &...
Day 3
The Chagres Challenge
Day 4
Embera Indian Village by the...
Day 5
Paddle Gatun Lake along Barro...
Day 6
Paddle Gatun Lake North
Day 7
Fort San Lorenzo
Day 8
Important Information
8 days
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • All mentioned transportation
  • rafts or duckies, sea kayak(tandem or single) and related gear
  • camping gear
  • guides (Our guides are trained in river and sea navigation skills, first-aid and CPR)
  • trip's meals
  • Lodging and catering:
  • 3 nights at Hotel Marbella**, Panama City
  • 2 nights in the huts of Embera Native Indian Villages
  • 2 nights at Tent Campsite on the shores of Gatun Lake
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All mentioned ground and ocean transfers within Panama are included.
  • Entry/Admission - Adventures Panama
  • Entry/Admission - Panama Canal
  • Entry/Admission - Miraflores Locks
  • Entry/Admission - Casco Viejo
  • Entry/Admission - Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
  • Entry/Admission - Panama Viejo
  • Entry/Admission - Chagres National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Comunidad embera Tusipono
  • Entry/Admission - Gatun Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Fort San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Agua Clara Locks
  • Entry/Admission - Panama-Tocumen International Airport
  • International flight, Airport tax ($ 20.00/person)
  • personal expenses
  • tips
  • meals not specified in itinerary
  • extras in hotels (laundry, room service, phone calls)
  • Entry/Admission - Centro De Salud Cerro Azul
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Additional Info
  • This land package set departures are designed for couples, friends, or singles above 18 yrs old that enjoy to team up for paddling in the outdoors. Lodging has been chosen considering local style, comfortable and basic accommodation with out luxury.
  • However, any person from twelve to 65 years old, in good health, ready to walk for about two and a half hours through an irregular and muddy path could do it with minor modifications(Minors must travel with a responsible adult)
  • Private groups with some customization can be arranged.
  • Daily items: Swimsuit or a pair of short for navigating, sneakers or light boots with good soles, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case the weather turns chilly), a towel and dry set of clothes for after the day trip. Blanket, flashlight, personal hygiene items.
  • At day tours leave object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.
  • 2-3 persons $ 1,850.00
  • 4-5 persons $ 1,550.00
  • 6+ persons $ 1,450.00
  • This package is good year around.
  • 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.
  • From January through March a steady north wind prevails, that makes paddling difficult and may cause some necessary changes in the itinerary.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Bob M wrote a review Jan 2018
16 contributions1 helpful vote
My son and I signed up for the Mountain to Sea five day tour, which starts with a whitewater rafting adventure on the Piedras River to the Chagres River followed by a kayak adventure all the way across Panama for the next four days. I made this decision after some email dialog
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Date of experience: January 2018
Response from Aventuras_Panama, Owner at Panama Canal through the Chagres River
Responded 20 Feb 2018
Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on our 7 days trip 'The Panama Canal through the Chagres River' It was a pleasure sharing with you before and after your journey. Outdoor adventures such as this makes it perfect for bonding as you did with your son. I could not agree with you more, Panama is totally overlooked. As you put it, it is a gem in plain view; but, it takes some adventurous eyes to spot it. I am looking forward to your next visit. Best regards,
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Tim M wrote a review Jan 2018
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Honestly, I didn't do a ton of research for this trip—my dad asked if I wanted to go join him in Panama, I said sure, and a few weeks later I landed at the airport. But nothing else was necessary: every important detail and logistic was already figured out, and there couldn't
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Date of experience: January 2018
Response from Aventuras_Panama, Owner at Panama Canal through the Chagres River
Responded 20 Feb 2018
Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on our seven days trip 'The Panama Canal Through the Chagres River.´ I enjoyed it very much hearing how exciting you were with this expedition. You and your Dad were the perfect guests... open to whatever comes with the right attitude. I hope to share with you again. I am sure that you will also bring your own son sometime in the future to maybe paddle with my son (-:
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Cari G
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a Pan-Panama tour!
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Eric F
The Best Experience You Can Have in the Dark (ok, maybe 2nd best)
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Glenn R
A Great Day with Juan Antonio
Juan Antonio picked us up at our hotel in Panama City on time. He was friendly and engaging during the 2 hour drive
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Raza S
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We used adventures panama to set up our tours and everyone in my party had the most amazing time. Thank you for org
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Jimmy G
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Nash P
50th birthday celebration.
This was an awesome outdoor adventure with hiking and white water rafting. Exceeded all of our expectations. Javi
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Lydia I
A unique experience
The most I liked was the conversations with the people from village. I also liked that we could have an overnight,
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Javier was a fantastic guide on an awesome river!
Rafting class IV rapids in the middle of the jungle was made possible by Javier and Adventures Panama. I also got t
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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 7 days in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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