Explore Panama's Gulf of San Miguel

Panama Coastal Darien Explorer Tour

An unforgettable adventure along the historic Gulf of San Miguel in Panama for
4D/3N Starting at $1075 per person

This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1512.

Darien Embera Village Panama

Explore the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve with your naturalist guide, enjoy the coastal boat trip around the Gulf of San Miguel and visit the Embera indigenous community at Mogue River. This trip makes for a perfect trip extension - beginning and ending at your Panama City hotel.


Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel

Early this morning you will be picked up at your Panama City hotel lobby by your Naturalist Guide. Set off for a scenic 4-5 hour ride east along the Pan-American Highway to Puerto Quimba, Darien.

Along the way, your guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests.

In a small village along the way stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an arrange of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties.

Late morning arrival in Puerto Quimba, from where you will embark in a motorized boat and go on an 1.5 hour boat ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel.

Settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Led by your Naturalist Guide you will hike into the forest in search of wildlife and exquisite flora.

You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species.

Overnight at Punta Patiño Lodge. All meals included today.

Day 2 : The Embera People of the Mogue River

This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river.

The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. After the formalities and presentations you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions.

You will also have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. The men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different plants. On your return trip to the lodge you will do a coastal tour of the reserve.

This afternoon is free to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the second floor veranda or enjoy a siesta on one of the hammocks or at your cabin.

Overnight at Punta Patiño Lodge. All meals included today.

Day 3 : Punta Patiño Nature Reserve

After a hearty breakfast you will enter with your guide into the primary forest of the reserve. The emergent tree species here is the impressive Cuipo. You will hike a back trail in search of more flora and fauna.

You return to the lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon you board your boat for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro.

Overnight at Punta Patiño Lodge. All meals included today.

Day 4 : Return to Panama City

Early this morning you can continue birding with your guide or opt for taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the isolated beach.

Mid-morning you take a boat ride to Puerto Quimba and go from there by land back to Panama City. Drop off at hotel late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included today.


Price from $1,075.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 4
Nights 3
  • Ground transportation (land and river)
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as specified on itinerary
  • Guided excursions
  • 7% tax
  • Int'l airfare
  • Tips to guides, drivers, boatmen


The guides we had and the places we saw and stayed were superlative.


- Bonnie K, Jun 2012

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Try to pick up at least a few basic greetings, directional questions, and common curiosities in the native language(s) before you leave for your trip.
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