Sea Kayak Water Trails


Years of Adventures!



2010 - 2011
Welcome River of Gold
Sunset Sea Kayak
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Rainforest Canyons
Panama Canal Water Trails

Expedition Paddling with the Kuna 10

Sichirtupo Biodiversity
Additional Information

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Water Trails of the Panama Canal

After 15+ years paddling the stunning ecosystems and historic coastlines of Panama by sea kayak, there is still much more yet to explore. We continue to expand the Water Trails of the Panama Canal, because it’s the best way to experience the wild National Parks and World Heritage. Paddling Panama means remote coasts, indigenous cultures, sand channels, mangroves and walls of forest; not to mention the tapir, manati, nor turtles; as featured in Frommer’s, the NY Times, the Sydney Herald and National Geographic Adventure. You can check out the trail maps on our website. In any case, we’ve pioneered 1 day to 6 night Adventures that represent the best water trails on the isthmus. Our guides and I look forward to paddling with you and sharing Panama’s rich heritage. Sincerely,

Scott A. Muller Xtrop

Paddling the River of Gold
The Chagres River and Fort San Lorenzo
The Chagres River is unquestionably one of the Great Rivers of the World. This section of river has seen more gold than all the rivers in the world combined and paddling along her contains many memories of ardent battles for Pre-Colombian, Incan and Spanish treasures. At the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the legendary river, Fort San Lorenzo bears witness to 400 years of history in the hands of Spanish kings, British admirals and famous intrepid buccaneers like Francis Drake and Henry Morgan. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Fort San Lorenzao and the River of Gold make an exhilarating historical, natural and recreational adventure.

Dates: all Year Length: Full day 6

Sunset Sea Kayak
Explore the Entrance of the Panama Canal*
Impressive and thrilling, the Panama Canal entrance is the door to one of the most highly traveled waterways in the world. The striking engineering of the Canal is able to handle more than 12,000 ships per year. Along the coastal forest shore, common bird species include soaring magnificent frigates, gliding brown pelicans, darting flocks of parrots, ibis and various other wading migratory shore birds. Paddling along side the Canal from stable, efficient sea kayaks accompanied by professional guides, the adventure provides an atypical perspective of Panama’s natural and cultural heritage.

Dates: all Year Length: 1/2 or Full day

*Itinerary location is dependent on weather and group ability and may be switched.


Sea Kayaking Rainforest Canyons
Lago Alajuela and the Chagres National Park
The Chagres National Park is one of the most valuable primary forest treasures in the Republic of Panama, as Lago Alajuela’s sparkling waters are a major part of the hydrologic basin of the Panama Canal. The pristine riparian environments of this watershed host a luxurious variety of tropical wildlife including species such as jaguars, howler monkeys, anteaters and the majestic harpy eagle. Myriads of picturesque bird species are exposed along the park’s rainforest fjords. Silent paddling provides a remarkable experience for passionate and firsttime bird watchers alike. Dates: July - December only * Length: Full day

*this trip is weather dependent. High water level is necessary to paddle in Alajuela.


Panama Canal Water Trails
Lago Gatun and the Soberania National Park
The construction of Gatun Dam in the Chagres Valley in the early 1900’s has provided waters for thousands of ships to transit across the Isthmus of Panama. Today these waters are the massive 470km2 Gatun Lake, that in years past, was the largest manmade lake in the world. Paddling Lake Gatun along its pristine bright green banks, between its numerous islands, over the extensive underwater vegetation and through the still standing tips of submerged trees is a real neo-tropical safari. Thousands of refugee wildlife species live in this spectacular environment. Soberania National Park touches Gatun’s borders. This park is one of the most accessible tropical forests in the country. Paddling along the Soberania National Park, the primary rainforest edges provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. This can include manatees, sloths, kinkajous, coatimundis, capybaras, caimans, crocodiles, white faced capuchins, Geoffroy’s tamarins, spider monkey, night monkeys and howler monkeys are all common in the area. Legendary beautiful species like jaguars and harpy eagles also call this home. Dates: all Year Length: One to Three Days 9

managed sustainable tourism frameworks, we’ll paddle sea kayaks to explore the islands West of the traditional community of Digir. It was here where several important actions of the Kuna Revolution took place in 1925, resulting in law 16 of 1954 by the Republic of Panama that guarantees the Kuna their sovereignty and territorial boundaries. A detailed study in 2003 by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Kuna NGO, PEMASKY; showed that Kuna Yala has the highest diversity of coral species as well as the best reef development in all of Panama. We will become intimately familiar with them as our Kuna guides paddle with us between several different small white sand islands, where the greatest snorkeling is right outside your tent. The cultural interaction on this journey is unprecedented. The itinerary will remain flexible, to take into account weather conditions, currents and tides, and usually a non-paddling day for exploratory hikes - bring good walking shoes for knee deep forest creek trekking!

In close collaboration with Kuna authorities and under organized community

Dates: Jan - May (very windy, little rain, small swell) June -Sept (calmer seas, some rain) Oct - Dec (...the “green season!”) Length: Six Days, Six Nights


Our original trip from 1995, we’ve been

Expedition Paddling with the Kuna
The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Kuna Yala

n operating this classic for 15 years!

Biodiversity & Adventure Sichirtupo
Community Protected Area Kuna Yala
The remote small island of Sichirdupo is an idyllic tropical white sand island where Kuna are working to conserve a rich marine area. Fantastic snorkeling (some of the richest and most diverse in the Caribbean), sea kayaking and a rich island environment are some of the highlights of this adventure. Rich rainforest thrives from the coast to the continental divide. With sovereignty, Kuna Yala (Land of the Kuna) is the largest expanse of primary forest in Central America, and the rivers run clear and pure. Panama is famous for its biological diversity, with species diversity over distance greater than in the Amazon! Your days consist of a wide variety of activities. Sea kayaks allow access to some of the more remote and less traveled spaces in the archipelago. Paddling to an uninhabited section of the mainland, we enjoy a memorable walk up along the pristine banks of the Rio Mangles. Creek-bed hiking through the pristine rainforest provides us with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing. Length: Three Days Dates: all Year



More Information!
Our Equipment We use fine designs in outdoor equipment; tried and tested in the tropics. This includes sturdy 3 person Mountain Hardware tents for each 2 person team and a selection of the most seaworthy K1 and K2 sea kayaks from Current Designs, Aquaterra and Necky. (no sit on tops.) Our safety equipment is top of the line, and the food is fresh, healthy and delicious. The Guides Passionate conservationists, many of them indigenous who are leaders in their culture...or recovering lobster divers. Nevertheless, first aid trained and ACA or BCU certified. Our Groups No more than 12 paddlers. This includes couples, small families and solo paddlers as well. Panama is an incredible place to paddle for the experienced, and is a special place for the novice to learn. Do you know anyone who does not enjoy 80 •F blue water, colorful fish and white sand? We’re happy to help you wisely select your appropriate level of adventure. Participants need to be in good physical condition, flexible, curious and with an experienced sense of humor. Adventure travel in the tropics is usually exactly that. Custom Trips Not a kayaker? No problem. We organize custom adventures all year, including lodge based treks, bird watching and multi-day mountain bike rides. We can also arrange strictly culture focused experiences or photograph safaris. As the pioneers of community travel, we have several options to help arrange your stay with the village or indigenous lodge.

Next? Contact our enthusiastic front office to help you decide which adventure you will enjoy the most. Guides will answer all your technical questions. This is the best way for you to get the most out of your unique Panama experience.


Our Creed Our company consists of passionate conservationists, many of them indigenous who are leaders in their culture. We believe that Sustainable Tourism can provide the vehicle that enables local communities and indigneous peoples to conserve their rich natural and cultural heritage. The recent influx of companies imitating our trips is but one indicator of our success! Because of our focus on providing a “sustainable use” tool, in the control of the indigenous and local communities we work with; we are the only visitors allowed in several areas. We are proud to be active in several conservation and development programs, including founding members of the Panama Association of Sustainable Tourism ( Come share what 15+ years of love of Sea Kayaking, Adventure and Community Travel have created.

Expediciones Tropicales, S.A. Aptdo. 0843-00372 Rep. de Panamá tel +507 317-1279 fax +507 317-0530

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