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Panama Canal through the Chagres River

Panama Canal through the Chagres River
Multi-day & Extended Tours > Multi-day Tours > Multi-day Tours
$1850
Duration: 8 days
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Description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights all included package
  • Embera Villages
  • 4x4, hiking, rafting, kayaking...
  • Pristine Chagres National Park
  • Panama Canal
  • 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.

ITINERARY

1st day: Arrival to Panama City

You will be welcomed at the Tocumen International Airport and shuttled to a Panama City Hotel and meet at 7 p.m. in the lobby.

Lodging at Hotel – no meals provided

2nd day: Miraflores Locks & Panama City Tour

You'll be picked up at your hotel at 9 a.m. for a complete tour of the city. You will learn about the development of the Panama Canal and its economic impact at the Miraflores Locks, where you are able to see passing ships. You will also explore Casco Antiguo, Panamas Old Ruins and the Amador Causeway.

Lodging at Hotel – no meals provided

3rd day: Chagres Challenge

You will be picked up at 5 a.m. and taken in an all-terrain vehicle to the remote village of San Cristobal. You will hike for about 2-3 hours on a trail within Chagres National Park. Here you will get into rafts and float downstream (Class II-III rapids)

You will have lunch by the river and continue rafting further downstream and ending just before encountering Madden Lake. Along the route, you will be picked up to go to the Embera Indian Village around 4-6 p.m.

Lodging at Embera Village – breakfast, lunch, dinner

4th day: Embera Indian Village

Raft will be switched for expedition kayaks and begin paddling across Madden Lake, for 3-4 hours.

You will paddle through the remains of a 'drowned forest,'. Around 4pm, you'll stop at another Embera village for the night. If they have ample space and resources, then you will once again indulge in their hospitality.

Lodging at Embera Village – breakfast, lunch, dinner

5th day: Barro Colorado

In the morning you will be paddling in a narrow channel reserved for smaller vessels just outside of the Panama Canal shipping lane. At the end of the day, around 4 p.m. you'll set up a wilderness camp on a smaller island adjacent Barro Colorado.

Lodging at Tent Camp – breakfast, lunch, dinner

6th day: Gatun Lake

Starting paddling around 9 a.m. in the Gatun Lake. You will set up another wilderness camp just short of the Gatun Locks around 4pm.

Lodging at Tent Camp – breakfast, lunch, dinner

7th day: Fort Lorenzo

You will be taken to the north side of Gatun Dam and you'll start kayaking around 8:30 a.m. You will putt in directly downstream of Gatun Dam see the jungle awaken. After 3-4 hours paddling you will visit Fort San Lorenzo and having lunch, we will head back toward Panama City and reach the hotel around 4 p.m.

Lodging at Hotel – breakfast, lunch

8th day: Departure

You will be send off with a shuttle back to the airport.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights all included package
  • Embera Villages
  • 4x4, hiking, rafting, kayaking...
  • Pristine Chagres National Park
  • Panama Canal
  • 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.