(PD02) Darien National Park (3 days/2 nights)

For those who want to explore Darien National Park, we have designed this moderate-level-difficulty but quite adventurous itinerary which includes a drive to where the Pan-American Highway ends. Take a dugout canoe upstream along river; ride a 4x4 vehicle and stop when there are no more paths, then hike in the jungle to where you’ll stay overnight.

During the trip and if we are lucky, we will observe endangered bird-species and see lots of flora and fauna of the Darien region. We will also be able to spend time with the indigenous inhabitants and appreciate their art and paintings as well as learning about their culture and daily life.

The package includes: 3 meals, transportation, lodging, drinking water and a contribution to the Indian village. Remember to bring your identification, light clothing, hat, walking shoes, sun-block, insect repellent, flash light and plastic bags to protect your luggage.


Day 1

5:00: Pick up from you hotel in Panama City

7:00: Panamanian Breakfast in Cañitas

9:00: Arrive at police checkpoint of Agua Fría

10:00: Arrive at police checkpoint of Metetí

11:00: Arrive in Yaviza and report our itinerary to ANAM (National Environmental Authority)

12:00: Lunch and then take a dugout canoe to El Real de Santamaria

13:30: Head to Pirre in 4X4 vehicle

14:00: Hike from Pirre to Rancho Frío Station

16:00: Arriving in Rancho Frío Station

17:00: Settle-in and have dinner


Day 2

6:30: Breakfast

7:00: Head to Rancho Plástico Trail for bird-watching and sight-seeing, having lunch during the hike in one of the rests.

12:00: Back to Rancho Frío Station

14:00: Arrive at the Station

15:00 to 17:00: Time in the waterfall

17:30: Dinner and the stay overnight in Rancho Frio Station


Day  3

7:00: Breakfast

8:00: Leave Rancho Frío to Pijibasal

10:00: Arriving in Pijibasal

11:00: Leave Pijibasal to Yaviza and then to Panamá City