Panama is most characterized by its abundance of water: it has 1,207 km of coastline along the Caribbean Sea and 1,706 km on the Pacific Ocean, plus thousands of islands and rivers on both sides of the continental divide. Undoubtedly, the country is an ideal place to practice water sports like kayaking and river rafting.

Get out for some exercise and a day of adventure in the natural environment of Gatún Lake. Enjoy paddling a kayak on the lush borders of the Panama Canal, where you can have the unique perspective of watching from water level as the enormous vessels pass by.

You've surely never imagined such a wonderful way to see the incredible Panama Canal from up so close. This amazing adventure begins by traveling from Gamboa to Soberanía National Park, which is distinguished for its variety of flora and fauna that you will have the opportunity to view from close range.

Experienced whitewater kayakers can tackle 20 kilometers of class III, IV and V rapids in western Panama (Chiriquí / Bocas Del Toro) and eastern Panama (Colón / province of Panama / Darién). You can also go rafting down these rivers.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Kayak or water shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of dry clothes