Just a short boat ride from Panama City is the untouched, natural beauty of Soberania National Park. To get to this rainforest paradise, you’ll venture into the Panama Canal’s main channel where the largest of ships pass through, an experience in itself. Once you’ve arrived at the quieter bays of Lake Gatun, your local guide will begin his search for wildlife. Most tour groups will see over 200 species of animals, including monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and sloths.
Your local guide will then lead you upstream to an indigenous village where you’ll learn about a completely different way of life than you’ve seen in the city. Learn about their history and traditions and go on a short hike to discover the plants they use in their daily lives. Before you head back to the city, you’ll have time to shop for handmade crafts that are not only beautiful but cheaper than anything back in the city.
I’m originally from Boston, but its harsh winters sent me to search for more tropical lands. I traveled all around the United States and then eventually ventured into Latin America, where I fell in love with the passionate and diverse culture of each and every country throughout the area. In fact, I loved it so much that I decided to make traveling in the region my new career.
I made it my goal to share my new discoveries with everyone that came to visit me while I traveled around South and Central America for a few years. My family and friends really enjoyed me showing them around some of the place I had been and they convinced me to become a tour guide. I took up tourism as a career and it stuck. For 12 years, I’ve led a variety of unique tours in many different Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Panama, and many others. To this day, I am the only guide to ever lead a tour from Ushuaia, Argentina, one of the most southern cities in South America, all the way to Alaska. After years of traveling all around the region, I decided it was time to settle down. Upon reflection, I realized that Panama was the place that felt the most like home. Now, 14 years later, I’m still here leading tours. I know this country like the back of my hand. Panama may not be my birth country, but I give my tours like a local would.