As a result of dense tropical forest covering the basin of the river, sedimentation is minimal; therefore, clear water can be expected very often. The flora is typical of the tropical rain forest, with more than three hundred species per hectarea. Although, it is the natural habitat of big mammals such as tapir and jaguar, tropical rainforest animals, they are very seldom encountered. However, It is much easier to spot several others samples of the fauna, such as rainforest monkeys(spider, howler, whiteface capuchin, Geoffrey's Tamarin), sloth, river otter, iguana, toucan, and plenty of fish.
Once in the virgin jungle of Chagres National Park you will ask if this is the next tvshow survivor panama destination.
The Chagres Challenge begins by picking up guests in Panama City at 5:00 A.M., to take them on a FWD vehicle to a remote village called San Cristobal, beyond the mountain town of Cerro Azul.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, rafts and gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.
USD $ 185.00 per person
Although this expedition is planned to be done in only one day, it takes place in a very remote area where if something goes wrong(raft puncture, people not paddling, or a major injury that delays the group) there is a good chance that we might have to improvise an overnight camp in the jungle(not a planned camp; with out tents, supplies, etc.) and with out communications. It had never happened in hour history, since 1994; but yes, there is always a first time and you should be aware of the risks that you assume by participating on it. If this ever happens you will get out the very next day with out extra charges (-:
The Chagres River has enough water to paddle year around. It usually reaches its highest water level by November, at the peak end of the rainy season, and its lowest water level by May at the end of the dry season.
OTHER CHAGRES CHALLENGE TOUR OPTIONS:
- An helicopter lift Albrook Airport directly to the heart of the Chagres National Park, and then, continue the journey on rafts.