Chucunaque and Tuira Rivers

The Chucunaque is a river that runs across the far eastern portion of Panama, specifically in the province of Darién, in the indigenous territories of Wargandí and Embera-Wounaan. It is the country's largest river (231 km), and the main tributary of the Tuira River, the second largest in the country.

Likewise, the Tuira River is located in the same region, but only in the Emberá-Wounaan indigenous territory. It is the largest river in the country and the second longest (230 km), second only to its tributary, the Chucunaque River. The Tuira, Chucunaque and Balsas rivers form a watershed that covers 10,664.42 km2, the largest in the country.


The source of the Chucunaque is near Cerro Grande, in the Serranía del Darién, along the border between the Kuna Yala and Wargandí indigenous territories. It flows southeasterly towards Uala, the capital of the Wargandí indigenous territory. Continuing to flow in the same SE direction, it receives various tributaries (Artigartí, Mortí, Chiatí, Membrillo, Metetí, Ucurgantí, Marragantí, Turquesa and Chico). Upon passing the village of Yaviza, the river changes course towards the southwest and reaches the town of El Real de Santa Maria, where it joins the Tuira River.

How to arrive

  • Car: You must drive to Metetí, register with the ANAM, pay the entrance fee, and continue on the same road towards Yaviza, where you can contact an ANAM guide.

What to bring

  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing


  • Observation of flora and fauna