Testimonials Adventures Panama
My dad & I were in Panama City on a father-daughter trip and were looking for a day-tour we could take, something fun and adventurous. Since it was outside of tourist season, we had trouble finding anyone operating any tours and we were feeling disappointed in losing the chance to get out and see Panama from a different perspective. That is, until we called Aventuras Panama Day Trips. Javier, the owner, explained to us they weren't running any tours outside of season at the time but, unlike other tour operators who simply turned us down, Javier offered to have us join him with his daughter for a kayaking lesson he had planned for her in Boqueron River in Chagres National Park. We were excited and grateful they were willing to have us join them on their personal day. The next day, our driver picked us promptly with a smile and helped us load the car with all the equipment we'd need for the day. The ride out there was beautiful and the Boqueron River peaceful. Some parts had some rapids, which lent to the fun. Javier was very helpful in teaching us tricks and maneuvers to get through them successfully. As the four of us floated down the river that day, I thought how nice it was to have a father-daughter day, all of us together. Both Javier and Daniela were very welcoming and fun to be around; we felt like part of the family. They'd brought snacks & drinks for us as well, which was a nice touch. For not being in season and a lot of operations down during this time, this was a special treat! I hear their regular tours are awesome, too!
In recent days a group of 12 friends to tour the Chagres river from start to finish in a 5-day expedition which started with balsa and after the 2nd day switched to kayaks to connect with the Panama Canal and ending in the Caribbean . I can only say that the experience exceeded my expectations to explore this natural beauty, delve to the Emberea culture to camping 2 nights at their tribe, perform a physical challenge where I felt safe the whole time to be accompanied and supported by experienced guides Adventure Panama. A highly recommended adventure!
First, I never write recommendation if at all, ever, but I feel compelled to do so in this case. The folks at Adventure Panama took care of my family, as if we were their family. They are caring, thoughtful, and genuine making sure we push the limits of our desire while keeping us safe and always in control. Javier (owner and started the company over 25 years ago) helped plan our trip with little notice (I advise you get a hold of him prior to your arrival to get the most from him and his company). He was personable and gave great advise to ensure we had the appropriate experience given the abilities of the group (my family is pretty adventurous). We spend the morning traveling to Darien National Park. We continued into the banks of the Chagris River where we met local tribesmen from the Embera Tribe who then took us deeper into the Jungle to their native village for an experience which few folks will get to see first hand, truly amazing. From there we traveled through Darien National Park to the Chagris River for a kayaking and rafting excursion which was both exciting and relaxing. Our guides were well versed and expert paddlers and which allowed us to relax and enjoy the water and jungle.
The expertise of our guides came front and center when we overshot our exit point (the river level changes daily and the landscape with it) and found ourselves running out of light. Our guides kept us calm, and sent a GPS signal to their company informing them of our predicament. The guides quickly went into survival mode and found shelter, food, and started a fire - all the while providing us an option of sending an S.O.S. signal which would have dropped a helicopter on us for evacuation. Javier contacted the local Indian Tribes who rescued us in pitch dark in a dug out canoe! Javier personally drove out and greeted us, fed us, and drove us to our hotel. I know our experience was not typical, but when you chose to conduct adventure of any type of extreme outings, it is paramount to make sure you place your life into the hands of professionals. Javier, Ivan, and the rest of the Adventures Panama crew rose to the occasion and provided us with an unforgettable, and positive experience, even in the face of distress. I highly recommend them to anyone heading to Panama, give Javier a call and let his staff of experts take care of you, your family, and.or group. You will not regret it.