PANAMA IS KNOWN AS A TRANSIT COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE PANAMA CANAL HOWEVER PANAMA ALSO BOASTS A HUGE ARRAY OF BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL ATTRACTIONS.
These natural attractions include horseback riding, river kayaking, sport fishing, birding, whitewater rafting, snorkeling tours and much more! It has been said that Panama's biodiversity is three times higher than the United States, Canada and Europe combined.
Junglecat Panama is conveniently located in the centre of the country, within the province of Veraguas. This is the only province that touches both the Pacific and Caribbean coast lines. We are based in the highlands, on the fringe of the Santa Fe National Park, only 60kms from the Mosquito coast of the Caribbean. The altitude is about 430m (1,410ft) above sea level resulting in a more temperate climate with cooler evenings and early mornings while generally hot and sunny in the middle of the day.
The landscape surrounding the village is varied and wild. Jungle trails will take you deep into the lush tropical rainforests that make up approximately 33% of the country's landmass. Filled to the brim with flora, fauna and the highest number of bird species in Central America, having this biodiversity at your fingertips is a thrilling experience!
The village of Santa Fe was founded around 1560, at that time for the purpose of gold mining. Until 1971, when Santa Fe got connected by road, the only way in and out of the mountain village was by foot or horseback. It was a long, tough journey that took multiple days through challenging, muddy terrain to get to the larger town of Santiago. These days Santiago and the Pan-American Highway is just over an hours drive away!
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"The river mouth in Calovebora is a place that no words or pictures can describe. It's basically where ocean currents meet the rainforest through the river valley and build up fronts that are deciding over the weather patterns over the whole country. Witnessing that synergy of the raw elements is quite a show! You'll stay with locals that are not contaminated by tourism which makes the experience even more authentic and you will contribute to their families and micro economy! The fried snoeck and sancocchia we ate were exceptionally tasteful and fresh."
- Lazareus R -