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.