Fish in some of Panama most secret spots
Group size: Max 5
Intermediate and Advanced
Open All Year
Food & drink included
PANAMAS FIRST POINT TO POINT RIDE IS DESIGNED TO GAIN ACCESS INTO THE REMOTE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY ON HORSEBACK.
Our unique, private horseback adventure takes you through the valleys and hillsides where, in pre-Columbian times Chief Urraca and his Ngäbe peoples would roam. As we traverse over Panamas continental divide with the Pacific Ocean behind us and the Caribbean ahead we have opportunities to gallop, traverse clear water rivers and experience backcountry trails on Panamas most popular, reliable, surefooted work horses, the Paso Creole.
We begin our adventure starting at a traditional cattle corral, located at the entrance to La Herradura village, off the Highway 33 - the only paved road into the district of Santa Fe. La Herradura translates as 'the horseshoe' due to the U-shaped formation of the river that curves itself through the landscape. From here we set out into the backcountry, following the Santa Maria river-valley heading towards the foothills of Cerro Tute mountain and the surrounding mountain range that forms the crest of the continental divide that runs the length of Panama.
We start the day early to make the most of the fresh, cool, morning breeze. An abundance of bird life can be spotted as well as the occasional snakes and smaller wildlife that hang on the fringes of the national park. As we ride towards our destination we will be surrounded by spectacular scenery and breath taking mountain views following a trail that takes us through remote villages and past expanses of low-veld bush and cattle grazing outposts only accessible with 4x4 or horseback.
DATES & RATES
Open all year round. Please enquire for your custom tour availability.
Lunch at a local Panamanian restaurant.
A personal and expert guide throughout your trip.
Transportation to and from the activity.
Well maintained kayak, paddle and life vest.
7% Government VAT
Visas and full travel and medical insurance – which is recommended.
Transport to and from Santa Fe, Veraguas.
International or domestic flights.
Gratuities for staff and guides.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The climate on the Caribbean side of Panama can be very unpredictable so please be aware that this trip is dependent on the weather and the river level. While a light drizzle won't stop you exploring if the weather turns for the worst it is always better to be safe than sorry and exit the water.
We recomend that you pack a water bottle, swim suit, rain jacket, hat, sunblock, insect repellant, set of dry clothes, river shoes or crocks, dry bag or ziplock for electronics and cash in smaller denominations.
Santa Fe is a small village with a rich history.
In 1557, the Spanish crown authorised the conquest of Veraguas and Captain Francisco Vázquez founded several towns, including Santa Fe in 1558. The foundation of the town is celebrated every year with a big parade through the village where you'll see the finest examples of Paso Fino horses.
Although the town is now on the brink of entering the 21st Century as soon as you step off the asphalt road you are thrown back into a time before the automobile or cellphone.
EXPECT TO CATCH
✓ Big fish
✓ Fast fish
✓ Intermediate Plus
FISHING IN PANAMA
The Paso Creole horse is a mix breed horse and that shows its Paso ancestry clearly. They are graceful and proud animals with an intelligent mind and tough body. Prized for their smooth, natural, four-beat, lateral ambling gait; they are used in many disciplines, but are especially popular for trail riding.
This is evident in all our horses as they all possess and display this natural brio and are people oriented. Therefore they are easy to handle on the ground and will show an amazing stamina and strength on the trail.