Panama City, Panama

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Time10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Explore the limestone caves surrounding Bayano Lake on an adventurous, full-day caving tour from Panama City that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and transfer by shared vehicle and boat. Visit an important indigenous area with underground rivers and cave systems, then have lunch in a local village before returning to Panama City.
  • 10-hour Bayano Lake caving tour
  • Explore a limestone cave system
  • Visit a Kuna indigenous community
  • Lunch in a local village
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Panama City
  • Small group ensures personal service
Begin with pickup at your hotel in Panama City, then travel to a native Kuna community where you’ll board a boat to Bayano Lake. Bayano Lake was created when the Bayano River was dammed for a hydroelectric plant, and the scenic body of water is surrounded by indigenous communities of Madungandí, Kuna, Embera, and Wounaan people.
Upon arrival at Bayano Lake, suit up with a caving helmet and light, then follow a challenging route through cave passages, canyons, and caverns. See towering limestone rock formations shaped by centuries of erosion, and swim in clear cave pools that are the perfect way to cool off from the tropical heat.
The path inside the cave takes roughly 4 hours, and varies from easy-to-walk paths to challenging sections of river crossings, scrambling over large rocks, and hiking slippery terrain. Use a caving lamp to find your way through the darkest sections, then swim across flooded passages too deep to ford. When you emerge from the cave, refuel with a lunch prepared by members of a local community, then make the return trip to Panama City, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.


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, Feb 2018

Amazing! Highly recommended! Very authentic and pure. Beware, not for the unfit or claustrophobic, we swam with only like 2 feet above us, unable to touch the ground. Amazing views, amazing experience. Lunch was very private and perfect! Have nothing bad to say, the car ride was worth every minute!

, Apr 2017

Our tour guide was great! He was on time, spoke great English and was very knowledgeable. He was very diligent looking out for our safety and was happy to point out the local wildlife. The cave was amazing. Great experience to do while in Panama. We saw lots of bats, fish, birds, frogs, lizards, and even a caiman on the boat ride to the cave. On the car ride to the cave, our guide stopped to let us see a family of spider monkeys.

, Mar 2017

This tour is not for everyone, it's in a remote area, about two hour drive and and 45 min lake crossing to a small hut, just outside of the entry of the cave. Inside of the cave, there are many big boulders and rocks, deep water holes, need to climb up and down. We saw many bats, fishes, lizzards and one snake. The cave is not anything like Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico in size, magnitude, shape, and complexity. This cave maybe a mile long, you will be disappointed if you anticipate to see great formations of Stalactites and Stalagmites. Our guide, Antonio, was very knowlegible, spoke English well, a very patience young man.

, Nov 2016

how cool is this, a boat ride across a lake to a river cave. Spectacular entry into the cave to be met by bats and around the first corner even more bats.. some sections pretty tough and a couple of swim points but hey, if it was easy it would have spoilt it and there would be people everywhere. Perfect swimming hole at the return point with monkeys overhead has you thinking you are a world away from civilization. loved every step and swim

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