Darien Gap Jungle Expedition - Panama Panama, Panama Hiking & Trekking
Panama, Panama Hiking & Trekking

It is a forgotten place, a savage place that shows us the best and worst in us all. The dense jungle topography of the Darien Gap has long been the disastrous end of many adventurers, swallowing lost souls in its ancient embrace...

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It is a forgotten place, a savage place that shows us the best and worst in us all. The dense jungle topography of the Darien Gap has long been the disastrous end of many adventurers, swallowing lost souls in its ancient embrace. The aura of the jungle, of a million wild souls, is as tangible as water when one bathes. It is another sense, one that comes to the heart rather than the eyes, as soaked in richness as they are.

Both ambitious human aspirations and ultimate despair cross paths in this mystical place, drawing all manner of people into its grasp. Trafficked by merciless smugglers and hopeful migrants alike, the Darien Gap has seen and claimed countless of travelers, while only a few lucky ones were given the privilege to escape its dark fangs.

If you are still reading this, you are most likely an adventurer who will most likely enjoy a trip into raw nature, meeting ancient cultures and participating in their rituals and customs. We are offering expeditions into the Darien jungle for various different degrees of adventure levels. Your personal guide will customize your experience depending on your ambitions and physical constituency.

Jungles of Darien

Typical Day

Day 1: Visit Palma Darien and boat ride on the Sambu river to La Chunga villages

We recommend that you arrive at La Palma Darien the day before and stay the night at the La Tuira hotel ($15). The next morning, at 6:30am, you will be picked up from your hotel by one of our staff. After an information session and a tour of the community you will embark on a fast two-hour boat ride through the beautiful bay of San Miguel before reaching the mouth of the Sambu river. As you progress deeper into the flooded rainforest, the landscape will change as your boat weaves through thick mangrove trees. After two hours we arrive at the Embera village of La Chunga. On the way you will see traditional Embera huts built on stilts and probably some specimen of the local fauna such egrets, herons and, with a bit of luck, a caiman lying on the muddy riversides.

**Overnight at the Eco-Lodge La Chunga**
Day 2: Hike in primary Rainforest

In the morning you will hike on one of the Corredor Biologico Bagre rainforest trails. This is an impressive journey under towering trees through a remarkable ecosystem with an incredible biodiversity: rare animal species such as the black-headed spider monkey (ateles fusciceps) can be spotted with a bit of luck. The beautifully colored poison darts frogs are often seen on the forest litter. Passing under the virescent canopy is like walking over hundreds of years of fallen leaves, billions of insects and more roots than God himself could map on a sunny afternoon. This place is so alive it makes the city seem barren, even with it's millions of people. Here life is at every level, in every direction, with more species that have ever been, and likely ever will be, classified.

After dinner back in La Chunga, if weather allows, we will venture out again, into the dark, trying
to spot some of the nocturnal species and listening to the jungle come alive.

**Overnight- Eco-Lodge La Chunga**

Day 3: Cultural Interaction with the Emberas

You will discover more aspects of the rich Embera culture. Your hosts will tell you about their history, their political organization and take you to their fields surrounding the village. You will enjoy their traditional music and dances. They will explain you how they make their beautiful and unique handicrafts: delicately weaved baskets and masks made with two kinds of palm fibers for the women, spectacular wooden sculptures made of hard cocobolo wood and wonderful small art pieces made of vegetable ivory (tagua) for the men.

If the weather allows it you will make a short night walk after dinner.

**Overnight- Eco-Lodge La Chunga**

Day 4: Return from La Chunga Village to Panama City via Puerto Kimba

After saying goodbye to your Embera hosts, you will leave early in the morning, following the many river turns in the middle of the thick mangrove. You will come back to Puerto Kimba where your vehicle or public transportation will be waiting for you for the transfer back to your hotel in Panama City.

Note: Itineraries are not bound to specific hours of the day depending mainly on the tides of the Pacific Coast communities in Darien.

Jungles of Darien

Map & Directions

La Chunga, Panama, Panama

Points of Interest
La Palma Darien

Rates & Availability

Please note that a tour booking requires a minimum of two guests.

Group Pricing:

GROUP OF 2 to 3 - $290 per Guest
GROUP OF 4 to 9 - $220 per Guest
GROUP OF 10 to 20 - $190 per Guest

Please note additional charges:
Transportation from Panama City and back at your own expense (&$15 per Guest by land)
Water Taxi from La Palma to La Chunga $22 each way (per Guest)
Alcohol and Sodas are not included and can be purchased at the Eco Lodge

Depending on the Quatity of the group, please check out the rates.

Group Pricing:

GROUP OF 2 to 3 - $290 per Guest
GROUP OF 4 to 9 - $220 per Guest
GROUP OF 10 to 20 - $190 per Guest

*Please contact advertiser for rates & availability for your travel dates.

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