TOP 10Ecotourism

Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most exciting ecotourism activities. Between June and October, humpback whales arrive from Antarctica to the warm Panamanian waters. It is the longest migration any mammal makes each year. Each year from North America, about 300 individual whales migrate between November and March. Humpback whales are the easiest to see because they remain on the surface for a long time. They are known as the acrobats of the sea. Bryde's whales also visit our waters, but they only rise momentarily to the surface. Sometimes you can spot pilot whales and on rare ocassions, orcas are seen.


Different types of hiking are practiced in Panama. Countryside, jungle, river, mountain, desert and night hiking are available. There are security measures and signage on trails designed to practice this healthy sport safely. It is done quite often to break the routine of city life. Hiking is a great way keep fit and enjoy nature with spectacular scenery including the observation of animals and birds. Hiking is the best way to discover Panama's beautiful landscapes and rainforests!

Bird Watching

Panama is known internationally for its wide variety of bird species. There are colorful local and migrant species, including several types of toucans, macaws, and eagles. Bird watching is one of the most rewarding activities of ecotourism, it is amazing how in just one place there are so many different species of birds. The birding tours are provided by expert guides, you will be equipped with a pair of binoculars, and they will guide you through various paths so you can closely observe many wonderful birds.


Panama remains on the list of top destinations for scuba diving activity. Panama offers the picturesque Caribbean Sea and the vast and mysterious Pacific Ocean full of countless marine species. Another favorite location for diving is the historic Panama Canal. The best diving spots in the Caribbean are: Portobello, San Blas, and Bocas del Toro. If you are diving the Pacific, try: Pearl Islands, Azuero Peninsula, Isla Coiba and Darien. No doubt this is one of the most unforgettable experiences that a tourist can experience! Diving is a very common activity in our country, we have the best trained professionals and high-level companies to help meet your expectations!

Sport Fishing

Panama is one of the top sport fishing destinations worldwide. This is because Panama offers lovers of sport fishing good choices for this activity. Panama has Gatun Lake which is one of the largest lakes in the world where you can find species such as Sergeant (Peacock Bass), snook and tarpon. If you head to the Pacific Ocean, you can find places like Taboga Island, where you can fish golden jacks, snapper, grouper and much more. In the Pearl Islands, you can catch snappers, groupers, grunts, croakers, jacks, sea bass, bojalas (amberjack), saws, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, tuna, and marlins. Piñas Bay is internationally recognized as an excellent fishing spot and it has broken many IGFA records. Among the species of fish, you can fish at Piñas Bay are: Pacific tarpon, snook, snapper, mackerel, peje roosters, saws, amberjacks, tuna, sailfish, black marlin, blue marlin, and striped marlin. It is very important to have a good guide as to the type of fish that can be found on each island.

Dolphin Watching

If you like the idea of watching these beautiful creatures up close, we invite you to visit Dolphin Bay in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. You will find a lagoon dotted with green mangroves, surrounded by tropical forests and small family residences. Nobody knows for sure when these families of dolphins arrived, but what is clear is that these dolphins love this lagoon! It provides essential services such as a growing area, food, and shelter. Panama has legislation that regulates dolphin watching in our seas and along the coasts. No vessel can approach within 100 meters from the dolphins; the speed in the presence of dolphins is 7 kph, and there may be only two boats simultaneously near any group of dolphins.

Rock Climbing

If you are in search of a personal or family adventure, rock climbing is the choice for you! Five hundred years ago, a volcanic explosion created massive basalt rock walls and made Boquete an ideal place for this type of ecotourism. The walls of basalt found here are masterpieces of natural art with geometric columns and vertical and horizontal curves. Today, adventurers come from all over the world to climb! These columns are suitable for beginners and experts.

Mountain Biking

Panama is a long, narrow country with an ocean on either side and a mountain range running down the middle of its spine. The country is filled with thousands of miles of single track trails that have been used by the Panamanians for centuries to travel from village to village or across the Republic. If you have your own bike with you, that's great. If you don't have a bike that is not an obstacle because good bikes are available for rent here in Panama. Mountain biking is a very popular sport with a small but constantly growing contingency of the Panamanian population, and it is never difficult to find someone to take a ride with.


Zip-line is an adventure sport whose main objective is to offer a unique activity and a different ecological experience which will not alter the habitat. In Panama, you will find one of the 25 best ecological hotels in the world, just 30 minutes from Panama City located in Soberania National Park. Some of the destinations where you can perform this activity are: El Valle de Anton, Stone River, Bocas del Toro and more. Dare to feel the adrenaline of doing zip-line in Panama!

River Rafting

Panama's abundance in water and geography lends itself to rafting. Take note that the river flow lessens during the dry summer months of January to April, though they could still be navigable in January. Based on this seasonality, the rivers' ranking of class 1 to class 5 can fluctuate. There are several rivers with rapids suitable for the adventure sport of rafting, as described below: Old Chiriquí River in the province of Chiriquí has Class III up to Class V rapids, depending on the time of year. Río Grande in the province of Coclé can reach Class II and possibly Class III in certain rainy seasons. To increase the adrenaline rush, the river is usually rafted in an inflatable two-person kayak. Mamoní River east of Panama City in the province of Panama also has Class III and IV rapids, depending on the season. You can go down the river either in an inflatable kayak or in a raft that holds four to six people. Chagres River has up to class III rapids at times.