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Nam Khan River
Nam Ou River
Manuel Antonio National Park
Tortuguero National Park
This 4-day full on adventure trip will take you from the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean coast. We pull out all the stops with this one! Swim river canyons, don headlamps to explore uncharted river caves, and soak under hot waterfalls. We will have two full days of sea kayaking down the Rio Dulce through amazing river habitat and pristine nature. This trip brings us to Livingston, Guatemala’s only Garifuna village, where we’ll check out the local fare and vibrant island-like culture. We end our trip in a riverside jungle bungalow and head out the next morning to a nearby national park to search out the elusive Manatee. On the way back to Antigua we stop at the Mayan Ruins of Quirigua, renowned for its impressively large stelae.
This overnight trip to Lake Atitlán gives you a great mix of activities without wearing you out on any one of them. Biking, kayaking and hiking in, around and through the Lake Atitlan area - you get to experience the lake through a variety of speeds, angles and perspectives. Whether you are cruising on the crest of the caldera ridge, paddling the azure-blue waters of Atitlan, or hiking lakeside – you’ll surely enjoy the fantastic views (and food!), and rest easy in one of the most beautiful hotels in all of Central America.
Mamey Island, is a place full of peace and quiet to relax and unwind a bit, not to the complete isolation, since it is a fairly accessible. People are very friendly and there is a beautiful landscape, characteristic of our Panama. This is a small island (about 4000 m2) in the Costa Arriba of Colon province, just 200 meters from shore and just over one nautical mile from the community of Puerto Lindo. Part of Portobelo National Park. To the east is the larger island and beyond Linton, Isla Grande.
If you do a bit of research about Panama, you begin to quickly realize that it has a few distinct regions or zones. One of the most popular among them is the central area that is home to the capital city of Panama City as well as some other provinces. Additionally, you may learn that Panama is surrounded by many archipelagos and islands. This was part of its initial appeal to Europeans who saw the area as sheltered and quite promising.
This is one of the reasons that the Colon Province was (and remains) a hub of business and commerce. Sitting close to Panama City, Colon is where you will find the world's second largest duty-free zone, and where finance and industry are still the emphasis. Perhaps this is why so many people overlook the area around Colon as a place of natural beauty and wonder. Perhaps they think - business, banking, and shipping and forget that it is also Panama.
Panama is Naturally Beautiful
It is important to remember that Panama is a remarkable republic because of its dedication to land preservation and protection. More than 20% of its land is held as national parks, and more than 30% remains jungle. Even the remaining indigenous people are given protected status and encouraged to retain their culture through a great deal of autonomy.
This emphasis on the more important things in life spills over on the people of Panama too, and most are happy to meet travelers. Visitors quickly discover that locals are more than glad to speak with them, share information about their homeland, and offer recommendations about where to go, what to do, where to eat, and so much more.
Visitors to the Colon Province are often pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people in the rural area, and particularly those who inhabit the small islands in the Costa Arriba region. This is where Mamey Island is located just 200 meters from shore, and where you can enjoy a truly delightful kayaking adventure.
The San Blas Archipelago, with more than 350 islands spreading out along the isthmus, together with the northeast of Panama from Colon to Colombia, and from the Caribbean Ocean up to the continental divide at the isthmus mountain range defines San Blas or Guna Yala, the homeland of Guna Natives.
Gunas are well known by their molas, a bright and colorful fabric they manufacture and wear in their female dress.
They are politically a nation within Panama with their own language, culture, laws and territory. However, they are also Panamanians.
There wasn´t a single road connecting Guna Yala with the rest of Panama(not until 2007). Guna´s efforts to preserve their own identity, and their own control over San Blas has made it possible to keep this region the pristine paradise it is today.
About our Sea Kayaking Tours on Guna Yala
Adventures Panama provides logistiscs, gear, and guides to take small groups of 6-12 persons to explore in sea kayaks San Blas Archipelago as far as Cayos Holandeses for 5 days. If it is too windy we will stay at Cayos Limon.
This is a chance to interact with Guna culture, and enjoy paddling and snorkeling nearby recent set up campsite to explore the area further.
Our guides are trained in sea kayaking navigation skills, first-aid, and CPR.
The highlights of this active holiday include canoeing/kayaking, rafting, walking and cycling in the area around Plitvice Lakes National Park while experiencing breath-taking views and stunning scenery. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests which make for a unique and unforgettable experience. The itinerary will also take you on a journey down the Zrmanja River by kayak, rafting down the Una River in Bosnia and we will end the week by kayaking down the beautiful Mreznica Canyon. You can expect to paddle about 10 miles a day (four hours), but our schedule is very weather dependent. Previous kayaking experience is recommended, but not required. The rivers are friendly – they have pleasant temperatures in summer and they are not dangerous or physically demanding.
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