Kayaking the Panama Canal Water Trails

The construction of Gatun Dam in the Chagres Valley in the early 1900’s has provided waters for thousands of ships to transit across the Isthmus of Panama. Today these waters are the massive 470km2 Gatun Lake, that in years past, was the largest manmade lake in the world. Paddling Lake Gatun along its pristine bright green banks, between its numerous islands, over the extensive underwater vegetation and through the still standing tips of submerged trees is a real neo-tropical safari. 

Kayaking the Gatun Lake

Thousands of refugee wildlife species live in this spectacular environment. 

Soberania National Park touches Gatun’s borders. This park is one of the most accessible tropical forests in the country. Paddling along the Soberania National Park, the primary rainforest edges provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. This can include manatees, sloths, kinkajous, coatimundis, capybaras, caimans, crocodiles, white faced capuchins, Geoffroy’s tamarins, spider monkey, night monkeys and howler monkeys are all common in the area. Legendary beautiful species like jaguars and harpy eagles also call this home. 

Along the coastal forest shore, common bird species include soaring magnificent frigates, gliding brown pelicans, darting flocks of parrots, ibis and various other wading migratory shore birds.   Contact us for amazing itineraries filled with adrenaline! Ideal for couples, groups and families.

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The Art of the Cayuco in Panama

The idea for an Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race began in 1954 when, an employee of the Panama Canal Company, Wesley Townsend, took a group of Boy Scouts to visit an indigenous Embera community on the Chagres River.  During their visit the boys learned about the local’s traditions and culture and also learn how to paddle a cayuco, the only transportation used by the community.  This experience was the beginning of the Cayuco race and a tradition has lasted for more than half a century.

Click on the video below and learn more about the cayuco art and culture from one Panamanian cayuco champion and artist: Chris Huebsch.  Visit the Spanish Cultural Center where you can admire the art of cayuco until May 10 in Casa del Soldado.

Don´t miss the opportunity of witness this year the Ocean-to-Ocean race on March 27-29, 2015.