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The Chagres Challenge - a full day jungle expedition from sunrise to sunset

Leave behind the exhausting noise of cities and escape to the stunning natural beauty of the Chagres National Park. This unforgettable adventure includes hiking, rafting, camping and transportation on  indigenous  Embera motorboat. The Chagres River is virtually unseen in the trek trough the Chagres National Park due to the lack of access roads and protection against settlers. This part of the river, characterized by currents alternating with backwaters, is considered as class II, although several rapids are considered Class III by the International Classification of River Navigation. Although it's the natural habitat of big mammals such as  tapir and jaguar, it is much easier to spot several others samples of the fauna, such as monkeys of the rainforest, sloth, river otter, iguana, tucan, and plenty of fish.

per adult from




14 to 16 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Rafts and gear
    • Professional guide trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Chagres National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Chagres National Park, Carretera Madden, Colon Panama

    Start at 5am after your picked and taken in an all-terrain vehicle from your hotel to the remote village of San Cristobal.

    After enjoying a typical Panamanian breakfast, visit a campesino survival agricultural farm in the Chagres National Park.

    Next, hike for about 2-hours up to Rio Piedras. This area is a Chagres River tributary, where you will get into your rafts and begin to float downstream, (Class II-III rapids) floating into the untouched jungles of the Chagres National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloth, river otter, iguana, toucan and fish.

    From late February through early June you might have to hike all the way to the Chagres River (which takes 3-hours) because Piedras River might be to low to raft on.

    After lunch, continue rafting further downstream passing an impressive granite canyon with some white water rapid action, and ending just before encountering Madden Lake where you met by a "piragua" (native wooden canoe equipped with outboard motor). Ride in the piragua further downstream to the nearest road where a driver will be expecting you and ready to bring you back to civilization, and to your hotel in Panama City around 7pm.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Pass By: Embera Drua Villiage, Panama

    we will paddle by it at the end of the day

    Pass By: Emberá Purú Village, Panama

    We will navigate along it at the end of the day

    Pass By: Comunidad embera Tusipono, Colón, Panama

    We will navigate along it at the end of the day

    Pass By: Centro De Salud Cerro Azul, Panama City, Panama

    we will drive next to it at dawn

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel within Panama City. Also some outside Panama City with an extra transportation fee.
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Adventures Panama

Activity ID: V-34942P12

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