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The Chagres Challenge - a full day jungle expedition from sunrise to sunset provided by Adventures Panama

The Chagres Challenge - a full day jungle expedition from sunrise to sunset

The Chagres Challenge - a full day jungle expedition from sunrise to sunset
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
14–16 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    14–16 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 14-16 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 14-16 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 34942P12
Important information
Inclusions
  • Rafts and gear
  • Professional guide trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Chagres National Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
14–16 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel within Panama City. Also some outside Panama City with an extra transportation fee.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Rafts and gear
  • Professional guide trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Chagres National Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel within Panama City. Also some outside Panama City with an extra transportation fee.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
14–16 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Chagres National Park
    Stop: 12 hours - Admission included
    Start at 5am after your picked and taken in an all-terrain vehicle from your hotel to the remote village of San Cristobal. After enjoying a typical Panamanian breakfast, visit a campesino survival agricultural farm in the Chagres National Park. Next, hike for about 2-hours up to Rio Piedras. This area is a Chagres River tributary, where you will get into your rafts and begin to float downstream, (Class II-III rapids) floating into the untouched jungles of the Chagres National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloth, river otter, iguana, toucan and fish. From late February through early June you might have to hike all the way to the Chagres River (which takes 3-hours) because Piedras River might be to low to raft on. After lunch, continue rafting further downstream passing an impressive granite canyon with some white water rapid action, and ending just before encountering Madden Lake where you met by a "piragua" (native wooden canoe equipped with outboard motor). Ride in the piragua further downstream to the nearest road where a driver will be expecting you and ready to bring you back to civilization, and to your hotel in Panama City around 7pm.
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    Pass by
    Embera Drua Villiage
    Emberá Purú Village
    Comunidad embera Tusipono
    Centro De Salud Cerro Azul
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Richard
1 contribution
Feb 2020
book this tour as it will be the best tour you will do in Panama. my wife and i went on this in February 2020 and it was an amazing day. you hike in the jungle, wade across beautiful streams, raft down the Chagres river and then get picked up by an indigenous tribe and taken back to a waiting pickup across a lake. Javier is a great guide - he really knows the jungle and the river. If you want a truly memorable holiday - book this tour. you will not be disappointed. it really was fantastic. Javier runs the only tour to do this so you have the river to yourself. I cannot recommend this trip enough - its a long day but you will keep great memories forever. this deserves to be on your bucket list of things to do in your life!
Written 15 February 2020
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on our Chagres Challenge. It is definitely my favorite trip. Guest where I am spending an overnight tomorrow ? I kick that bucket as often as I can (-: I am looking forward to show you more about our hand pick places in Panama.
Written 15 February 2020
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Francisco M
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
The Chagres Challenge was an exciting experience where we were able to hike up through the panamanian Rainforest and then raft down the Chagres river, all within a day. We saw different animas, learned about the history of the National Park, rafted through some Class III rapids and even enjoyed lunch by the river. A must for anyone visiting the city.
Written 3 December 2021
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you very much for your Excellent review. It was a great day sharing it with you.
Written 7 December 2021
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Tricia S
7 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
What an amazing close to our fun filled family vacation in Panama. We did it all during our visit and this was the whole families favorite day (ages 11, 15, 17). Javier has put together an experience that would be hard to replicate anywhere. the personal time and energy he puts into this is incredible. The thrill of being deep in the jungle, eating mangos off the trees, swimming in the refreshing waters, battling the rapids, it was absolutely perfect. We made our way back to the van via the Embera people using their canoes constructed from the trees of the jungle. This is not an 'easy' tour by any stretch and not for everyone. Be sure to know your parties fitness level as I have many friends that would not have enjoyed the three hour hike to start the journey, we LOVED it!! We were not prepared with water proof bags for our phones so left them behind, Javier helped us capture some memories, but next time I would have my camera (strapped on, of course). Thank you Javier for a trip of a lifetime!!
Written 16 July 2019
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Vacation62459796623
Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on our Chagres Challenge, a trip I really love as you verifyed it yourself. I was very happy on being able to meet your family and all participants. It was a very memorable day !
Written 17 July 2019
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ARbenedetti
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Awesome! Due to the river’s history and wild and scenic beauty, rafting the Chagres has been on my bucket list for quite some time and the experience has left me seriously stoked. Our guides were on point with safety throughout the journey and all our transport transitions were smooth and on time, along with the celebratory cold ones at the end!! Thank you Aventuras Panama very much for making this such a memorable adventure.
Written 21 December 2021
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you for your excellent review !!! It was great to have you doing our Chagres Challenge. Now looking forward to have you doing our Chagres Challenge Overnight. Thank you for putting together such an awesome group !
Written 22 December 2021
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Shaniqua P
8 contributions
My boyfriend & I did the Chagres Challenge.
Pros:
-get to see a lot of great relaxing scenery
-learn lots of information about Panama and it's rainforest
- you get to see other small villages with indigenous people
-white water rafting experience was fun and safe
-the hike is a great workout
Cons:
-the white water rafting was 5 hours which was too long so it took away the excitement because the day just dragged.
-although the hike is a great workout but you have to be very careful because in most of the rainforest it's muddy so its slippery. Bring bug spray because there's lots of trees, etc.
- there is no real breakfast to fill you up for the long hike just water, or small yogurt smoothie, and cofee along with a banana, Apple or pear. As for lunch we expected something more filling in between the 5 hour white water rafting but were served a ham and cheese sandwich with water and Pringles to share.
Written 7 February 2018
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Than you very much for your "Very Good" review on our Chagres Challenge. I apologize for the food brought that day. I never received and observation on it before, and when I reviewed your feedback we took immediate action to avoid the mistake on that day with the food supply to ever happen again. Yes, it is a long day, from sunrise to sunset. There is no shorter way to do it, except to fly in helicopter to river put it. We also offer this option. Best regards,
Written 20 February 2018
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dbwk
Sharon, MA14 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
We took this trip with our 3 teenage boys. It was a long day (about 14 hours) but an amazing experience. This is not a touristy type of day - no public restrooms but extremely authentic. You will mostly see the local population throughout the day. Tour guides were very knowledgable and nice. Roads are very bumpy - 4 wheel drive necessary. Hike through jungle is excellent but somewhat muddy since it rained so wear Keene's type water shoe. Rapids were class II and III and it was a beautiful ride. It occasionally rained for 5-10 minutes but the water was warm Christmas week. We were on the rafts for about 5 hours so bring sunscreen, water, and a few snacks in a waterproof bag. They served lunch alongside the raft about halfway through. HIghly recommend but not for young children
Written 1 January 2018
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Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on The Chagres Challenge. It is always great to see whole families involved in the outdoors.
Written 20 February 2018
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bergerth0mas
Panama Province, Panama2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed this unique river rafting down to lago alajuela
Javier has been a very profesional guide and so interésting person
We recommend+++
Written 13 January 2020
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you very much for you Excellent Review on our Chagres Challenge jungle expedition. By far, my favorite destination. Looking forward to service you back in a near future with our many other unique adventures.
Written 25 January 2020
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Jimmy G
Milwaukee, WI2 contributions
The whole day was fantastic. Be prepared to be exhausted at the end but it was definitely worth the time and money. Great scenery, informative, exciting, good food. Everything ran seamlessly and it supports a good cause. Javier is a great guide.
Written 10 December 2019
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Thank you very much for your Excellent Review on our Chagres Challenge, my favorite full day jungle expedition. I hope to encounter you soon in any of our other adventures !
Written 11 December 2019
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Mary Funaoka
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Nov 2019
During the third week of November, my husband and I participated in the Chagres Challenge. The tour description was exactly what we experienced. Our guide, Javier, is a hidden Panamanian gem - his knowledge and skills were beyond measure and definitely contributed to the overall satisfaction of our trip. Safety is Javier's number one focus and then teaching. He gave us historical, ecological, political, and social lessons that made helped us immerse into the Panamanian culture. In addition, Javier was prepared and calculated - not a minute was wasted. The highlight of our rafting ride was spotting a jaguar in addition to white eagles and howling monkeys. We already told our family and friend to start planning a trip to Panama - this company is definitely worth the trip!
Written 29 November 2019
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you very much for your excellent review in our Chagres Challenge, Adventures Panama insignia day adventure. That was the third jaguar spotted in 26 yrs rafting Chagres, it is by no way a normal event. We were extremely lucky. I hope to share with you our other adventures in a near future ! Thanks again
Written 30 November 2019
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Nash P
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Friends
This was an awesome outdoor adventure with hiking and white water rafting.
Exceeded all of our expectations.
Javier and staff were well knowledged and very understanding/ accommodating of our individual needs.

Lots of fun and adventure.
Would highly recommend.
Written 22 October 2019
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Aventuras_Panama
Thank you very much for your excellent review on our Chagres Challenge Jungle Expedition. It was a pleasure to share with your group, and I look forward to see you again in another adventure with us.
Written 23 October 2019
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Great time on the Chagres!
Raft the Chagres with Javier and his crew and you will not be disappointed. A beautiful river, an experienced guid
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Most rewarding and enjoyable
The Tour Coordinator Javier made a custom tour for my group which included the canal on the Atlantic side, the cit
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Manomi River Raft Adventure. Fantastic trip
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Incredible - highly recommended
Going through the Bayano Caves was an amazing experience. Our guide was delightful, he arrived on time, was very kn
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a Pan-Panama tour!
A friend and travel companion worked with Javier to create a tour that pieced together many of the options that Adv
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The Best Experience You Can Have in the Dark (ok, maybe 2nd best)
I have to admit that selling my wife on exploring bat-filled water caves wasn’t the easiest thing to do. But the ex
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Chagras Challenge Heli Rafting
We opted to take the helicopter ride to the put in place for the rafting, which was a great way to start off the da
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A Great Day with Juan Antonio
Juan Antonio picked us up at our hotel in Panama City on time. He was friendly and engaging during the 2 hour drive
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Panama canal with miraflores locks, monkey island, toboga island
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Rio Grander water rafting works for newbies
We did water rafting in Rio Grande. It is a great experience for a newbie, if you are experienced than it will not
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El Chorro Falls
I took the zip lining excursion from Rio Hato. This was an awesome tour. I recommend it highly. The market was nice
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A unique experience
The most I liked was the conversations with the people from village. I also liked that we could have an overnight,
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Javier was a fantastic guide on an awesome river!
Rafting class IV rapids in the middle of the jungle was made possible by Javier and Adventures Panama. I also got t
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“Like a tropical Zion”
My brother and I took this tour with Adventures Panama and it was incredible! The walk through the canyon felt adve
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Bayano canyoning
This was the BEST experience I’ve ever had thus far in life! The adventure was a thrill from the boat ride to the h
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