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POPULAR: Whitewater Rafting

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Price: $65 per person      Duration: Full Day

Experience Adrenaline-Filled World-Class White Water Rafting in Boquete, Panama, in the Scenic Chiriqui Province.

What’s Included:
  • Experienced Bilingual Guides
  • Equipment: Helmets, Life Jackets, Water Shoes
  • Full Lunch and Drinks
  • Roundtrip Transport
Whitewater Rafting Highlights:
  • Action-Packed Outdoor Adventure
  • Gorgeous Jungle Scenery
  • Beginner to Experienced Levels
  • Combine this tour with other tours for amazing savings

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Whitewater Rafting Trip Description:

It doesn’t get better than the whitewater rafting in Panama! With more than 25 world-class whitewater runs in Panama’s Chiriqui province alone, there is no paddling destination more extraordinary than Panama! The combination of the region’s topography, abundant watersheds and incredible biological diversity make Panama an extraordinary whitewater rafting destination.

The whitewater rafting routes that our experienced guides will select for your trip will depend on water levels for the trip day, your prior rafting experience, skill, and desire. Our jungle run provides amazing scenery, one of the best riverside lunches in Panama, as well as some celebratory drinks at the end.

For rafters of all experience, we’d love to get your group out on the rivers of Panama with several classic Class II and III runs that offer only super-fun whitewater rafting! Based on rainfall, water levels, and season, we select from the Rio Chiriqui Viejo, Rio Fonseca, Rio Gariche, Rio Chiriqui, as well as many others. See a list of our rivers here.

If you are young or young-at-heart, and are looking for an adrenaline-filled glimpse of what makes Panama’s whitewater famous around the globe, then a Boquete Outdoor Adventures whitewater rafting trip is a must-do for you!


**Special Price: $65 per person (reduced for a limited time).**
Regular Price: $90 per person.
Special price may not available during holiday weeks.
Reserve your space directly with us. BOOK NOW!


Tour: 8:00am/9:30am – 2:30pm/4:00pm

Monday-Saturday ONLY (No tours on Sunday)
Approximate Tour Schedule (approximate times that can change daily):

8:00am – 8:30am – Meet in office **Please be on time to not keep other guests waiting**
8:30am – 10:00am – Drive to River
10:00am – 10:20am – Get on life jackets, water shoes, helmets, and paddles. Safety orientation and demo.
10:20am – 2:00pm – PADDLE HARD through beautiful jungle scenery! Includes a riverside lunch.
2:00pm – 2:15pm – Celebratory beers and sodas at the end of the day
2:15pm – 3:30pm – Return drive to Boquete (dropoff in David available around 2:45pm)

Lunch and Drinks:

For our lunch, we can accommodate most diet modifications as everything is on the side, buffet style, and you can assemble as you wish. Included: seasonal fruits (apples, oranges, pineapple), seasonal vegetables (bell peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes), bread, meat (turkey, salami, or ham), cheese, condiments, cookies, chips, and drinks (fresh water, iced tea, fruit juice). (Items are subject to change based on seasonal availability).


Chiriqui Province, Panama
Rivers include: Rio Chiriqui Viejo, Rio Fonseca, Rio Gariche, Rio Chiriqui, and others.


The rivers are located at a lower elevation and weather has little to no impact on this trip. Sunny year round. Trip will not be cancelled if it is raining in Boquete, as that has no relation to where the rivers are.

Meeting Place:

At the BOA Office in Plaza Los Establos on Main Street in Boquete. How to get to our office in Boquete.

Due to the nature of this trip, we ask all clients to meet in our office at the exact time (or before) on your schedule. We do not offer hotel pickup service as you might spend up to an hour or more driving around Boquete waiting for clients at various hotels. It is best to meet in our office in the center of town. Please be on time to not keep others waiting. If you have a larger group and prefer hotel pickup, we can offer it for an additional fee.

Trip Notes:

Minimum age is 5 years.
Participants should be in good physical condition for moderate paddling of up to 3-4 hours.
Trip details may change due to severe weather or unforeseen events.
Trip specifics, including: river, location, and trip duration may change due to high water, low water, road closures, access issues, dam releases, and any other unforeseen event.

What To Bring:
  • Clothes to get wet
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Original Passport or Cedula
  • Sun Block
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Shoes

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Whitewater Rafting Trips Include:


All of our equipment is imported from the foremost rafting outfitters of the United States. We provide top of the line Aire and NRS self-bailing rafts that are built specifically to withstand the rigors of descending rivers and repeated brushings with Mother Nature.  We also provide US Coast Guard approved type III-V life-jackets and helmets that must be worn at all times within the rafts. Thorough and complete first aid kits are provided on each trip as well as other relevant river safety gear.  Our rafts require full interaction with all passengers paddling at the guide’s order of “forward,” “stop,” and other commands.  Be ready, paddling is a great workout and provides an incredible feeling of accomplishment and teamwork!

River Guides

All of our river guides are local Panamanians, and have been with us for years. They know the rivers of the Chiriqui Province better than anyone else and are trained as Wilderness First Responders. Their outgoing personalities and love of what they do provide one heck of a great river ride!  We are extremely proud of the professionalism and courtesy of our guides and we scout guides based on river expertise and personality. We believe in providing an exciting journey that is also safe. In addition, our guides are proud and eager to teach and point out to our participants the various birds and animals you will likely see on the river.

Safety Orientation

Our guides will provide you with detailed instructions before we enter the water, especially important for first-timers. This insures that everyone feels safe and knows what they are doing during the excursion. Everyone is equipped with a life jacket, helmet, and water shoes. Please do not bring anything that can get damaged if wet.

On every trip, we have at least 2 guides out on the river, to insure the safest conditions. Our trips are fun and family-friendly, and we frequently take 5-year-olds up to 85-year-olds!

Riverside Lunch

A hefty smorgasbord lunch is provided on all river trips. The lunch includes: seasonal vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce), seasonal fruit (oranges, apples, pineapple), chips, cookies, sliced meat, whole grain bread, and condiments. Drinks include fruit juices, iced tea, and fresh water. For those limited to certain diets due to religious beliefs or vegetarian preferences, we include everything “on the side” so you can pick and choose to your own preference. We also celebrate an excellent paddling day with beers and sodas at the end of the trip. Please…No coolers allowed


Transportation to and from the river is provided from our Boquete Outdoor Adventure Office in Plaza Los Establos. Driving time is based on the day’s selected river.  See a list of our rivers for more details. Our driver stays with the van all day, so you can securely store your bags (towels, dry clothes, passports, etc.) in the van.

About the Whitewater Class System

CLASS I:  Moving water with a few riffles and small waves. Few or no obstructions (ideal for beginners).

CLASS II: Rapids with waves up to three feet high. Clean, unobstructed channels with some maneuvering required. Guide must be able to maintain course.

CLASS III: Irregular waves, scouting necessary, complex maneuvering, obstacles concealed. Experienced guide required to control and maneuver. Fun and safe family-friendly level with an experienced guide.

CLASS IV: Long, difficult rapids with tight passages. Boat tipping and swamping are real possibilities. If a customer falls in the water a possibility of injury is ever present.

CLASS V: Quick rescue proceedings must be in place. Precise and professional knowledge of the river course is a must. Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes, which should be scouted from shore. The upper limit of what is possible in a commercial raft.

Whitewater Rafting Class System

Panama Whitewater Rivers:

Rio Chiriqui Viejo

Class II-III

This river is located near the border of Costa Rica and is the most popular white water adventure location in Panama. The river has continuous rapids and is a fun and exciting river for the whole family. This is our most popular run that we select most trip dates. Driving time is 1.5 hours to the river put in.

Rio Fonseca

Class II-III  (dependent on rainy season rainfall levels)

This stretch of the Fonseca starts  at a village of the Ngöbe Indians, the indigenous of Panama,  located in the Ngobe-Bugle Indian Territory of Soloy. During rainy season this is perhaps one of the most beautiful rivers left untouched by hydro-electric power construction and similar dam projects. This river is ideal for families and groups with excellent swimming holes in its crystal clear waters, as well as cultural interaction with the Ngobe-Bugle Indigenous people. The river starts small but picks up volume from numerous feeder streams and waterfalls throughout the run. The run is mostly wide-open with the absence of high canyon walls. The riverbanks are lined with the almost perfectly rounded stones in all shades of blue typical of Central America rivers. The gradient stays fairly constant throughout and at times the river widens significantly. Driving time is 2 hours to the river put in (traffic dependent).

Rio Gariche

Class II-III   (dependent on rainy season rainfall levels)

If abundant vegetation, exotic birds, pristine waterfalls and sightings of monkeys are your delight, then the Gariche River is the perfect river tour for you. Consisting of mostly Class II and III rapids, this river offers that quintessential combination of sheer tropical beauty and exciting whitewater for the whole family. Driving time is 1.5 hours to the river put in.

Rio Majagua

Class II-III  (dependent on rainy season rainfall levels)

Located close to the city of David, this section is convenient for families looking for an introduction to the whitewater world.  Adults and children alike will take pleasure in this river’s exciting whitewater as well as swimming through the many calm and tranquil pools found throughout this section. Driving time is 45 minutes to the river put in.

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