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The Chagres Challenge - raft in a full day jungle expedition

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More than a rafting trip, this Chagres Challenge is an expedition that begins at daybreak and ends at nightfall. Trek through dense jungle in Chagres National Park and experience rafting on Class II and Class III rapids. Marvel at the rainforest wildlife!


  • Trek through the jungle in Chagres National Park
  • Experience rafting on Class II and Class III rapids
  • See the native flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest


Head to Chagres National Park in a 4x4 before starting your trek through the jungle, which is so dense that you’re unlikely to get a glimpse the Chagres River! During this full-day excursion you’ll travel by raft and later by a piragua motorboat. Your rafting adventure takes place on a section of the river characterized by currents alternating with backwaters. It is considered Class II, and several rapids are considered Class III by the International Classification of River Navigation. The river water is very clear as a result of dense tropical forest that protects the river from sedimentation. The vegetation is typical of a tropical rainforest, with more than 300 species per hectare. Although this is the natural habitat of large mammals such as tapirs and jaguars, they are very seldom encountered. You’re likely to spot several other types of local wildlife, such as monkeys of the rainforest, including spider, howler, whiteface capuchin, and Geoffrey's Tamarin, sloths, river otters, iguanas, toucans, and lots of fish.


Transportation from Panama City Raft and gear Meals Guides trained in white-water navigation skills, first aid, and CPR

Important Information

  • Who can participate? Anyone from 12-70 years old, in good health, and able to walk for about 90 minutes on irregular and muddy paths. Minors must travel with a responsible adult. What should you bring? A swimsuit or a pair of shorts for rafting, sneakers or light boots with good soles, a cap, sunblock, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case the weather turns chilly), a towel, and a dry set of clothes for the trip back. What should you not bring? Any objects than can be damaged by water, and valuables such as jewels, cash, credit cards, etc. Do not bring flip-flops or beach sandals for hiking or rafting.

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