Who said you have to pay gazillion dollars to enjoy nature? One of the things I enjoy living here is that I can choose from a range of activities, joining local clubs that regularly go to the unexplored corners of Panama, just for fun. The charge is usually to cover the guide and gas. Each case is different, so call, write & ask.
The best way to enjoy these things is to stay in Casco Antiguo, since is 15 minutes away from the ex Canal Zone (meaning 15 minutes away from Gatun Lake where you can go fishing or Parque Soberanía and Metropolitano, which are primary and secundary forests). Also you are very close to rappel sites like Calzada Larga or simply to the interior if you are planning to hike Chame or Capira. Also, we are 15 minutes away from the Panama´s internal airport, so flying to Chiriquí is an easy ride to the airport and an hour flight to the far corner of the country.
And when you come back, you have all the charm of the colonial city where you can rest and recover!
Since most of these activities are organized locally, most of them don´t have emails. Remember that to call Panama, you must dial 507 if you are outside. Once you are in Panama, it isn´t necessary.
Rappel at Calzada Larga:
Sunday March 29th. At Arco Rocoso. Cost $40. Call 6687-2047
Trip to Coiba Island:
March 4 and 5th. There are only 5 spaces left! Hour: 7 a.m. More info at: www.panamaoutdoors.com
Kayak tour at Chagres River:
March 5th. 7 a.m. Information: 261-5043
Trip to Pearl Islands:
April 2nd to 5th. From Club Excursionistas del Istmo. Call: 393-8956
Cayuco Race, Ocean to Ocean:
April 3, 4, 5th by the Club de Remos Balboa. Email them at: email@example.com
Trip to Baru Volcano:
(this is one I´ve been longing to do myself!)
April 10th to 12th. $65 at Chiriquí. Call 6524-2802