Traveling to and in the Chagres River is an adventure not to be missed. We booked our tour through Aventuras Panamá online. Email correspondences were responsive and clear. Our guide, Edgar, picked us up at our hotel, on-time and full of enthusiasm. While driving en-route to our put-down location, Edgar pointed places of interest, and even gave us a chance to cross the canal on foot, as we were waiting in line, in the van, as a ship was just at that moment passing though the Gatun Locks.
Once at the put-down location, Edgar set up the kayaks, gave us a brief tutorial on how to use the paddle and in the blink of an eye, we were in the water, under the watchful eye of Edgar. Edgar described some of the flora and fauna we would see as well as some of the animals we most likely would hear in the forest. The lake is beautiful, other than the occasional howler monkey howling, the only noise heard was our paddles. After our journey, we had a fantastic lunch at Fort San Lorenzo. There was a variety of sandwich choices, drinks, fruits and snacks. Having the privilege of taking this trip was so much more than we could have possibly expected. Moreover, Edgar is a gentile, knowledgeable interesting guide, with a true sense of national pride as well as being committed to the environment. This was a once in a life time experience.
Visited March 2014