- Mamoni River Panama rafting
- Difficulty rating: Class III–IV
- June through March
- All-inclusive package
- Age: 18 and up in good health
- Gateway: Panama City Panama
The Mamoni River was pioneered for Panama white water rafting/kayaking by Adventures Panama in January 1998. The river is classified as Class III-IV, check Panama White Water Rafting Rapid Classification. There are some rapids that we choose to hike due to safety considerations, among them, a beautiful fall.
The main economic activities that surrounds this area are: gold panning, cattle farms, subsistence agriculture, forestry, and banana plantations.
On our way down to the river, we will get the chance to go through ECOFARMS Panama, organization committed to the conservation and restoration of tropical rainforest in the Mamoni river region. We will travel through the last remaining strips of primary and secondary forests in the area, used by scientists to conduct research about tropical biodiversity. To find out more about their work, visit their website: www.ecofarmspanama.org (on low water conditions we might take out from Ecofarms).
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Begins by picking up guests at Panama City around 7:00 a.m. We will arrive to the put in an hour and a half later to start Mamoni Panama white water river rafting around 9:30 a.m..
We should arrive to the take out zone around 3:30 p.m. and we should be back to the original pick up place about 5:30 p.m.
Itinerary varies with actual water level.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, rafts/kayaks and gear, guides, and lunch. Our guides are trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid, and CPR.
WHO CAN GO ? Any person older than eighteen years, in good health. During the dry season paddlers participation is more restrictive since they will be paddling inflatable kayaks by themselves, which means more aggressive participants and light weight.
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? Swimsuit or a pair of shorts for navigating, sneakers or straped sandals with good soles, a baseball cap, and sun lotion. A set of dry clothes to change for the return trip.
USD $ 135.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.
Do not forget your ID....It is mandatory for every participant to bring along an ID that confirms that he or she is legally in Panama(such as an stamped passport). We will pass through a road immigration's check point, close to Chepo, and if you do not bring proper ID, you will be under immigration custody for more time than you can possible think as reasonable. We wont delay the group itinerary if a participant forgets his/her ID and we wont be able to assist you on this matter until our return.... Do not forget your ID.
Duckies are more demanding.....As mentioned below at SEASON, at the beginning of and during the Dry Season, when the river water level goes down, we will paddle in duckies (inflatable kayaks). This is fine for inexperienced paddlers, but participants should be aware that it is more challenging than paddling in a raft. Participant should be in good shape, weight below 180 lbs, and be ready to behave aggresively in paddling and in a self rescue situation. Guides will provide basic training, guidance, and escort ducky convoy downstream... Duckies are more demanding.
When paddling small rafts and duckies less experienced participants will be on the rafts, regardless of participants bonds, i.e. we might split a party procuring overall safety.
It allows rafting in Panama almost year-round except for a couple of months at the end of the dry season. The Mamoni River by Panama City Panama reaches its highest water level by November, at the peak end of the rainy season, and its lowest water level by May-April at the end of the dry season.
We pick rafts depending on water level. Usually: 14' rafts from July through December, smaller 11' raft and duckies (inflatable kayaks) from December though February, only duckies (inflatable kayaks) by March, and smaller raft and duckies from May to June when the water level is increasing due to the beginning of the rainy season.