August 2019

Take a hike up Baru Volcano in Panama

Magnificent views from the volcano trek

Barú National Park, founded in 1976, protects the magnificent biodiversity as well as the thick forest on the mountainsides of the volcano. It lies to the south of the continental divide between North America and South America, near Talamanca’s mountain range.

The volcano hike takes around 8-10 hours and starts early in the morning to take you to the top of the mighty Barú Volcano, which at 3,475 metres is the highest point in Panama. It’s a strenuous day of walking, therefore it’s recommended that you have a good level of fitness. It starts with a steady uphill walk for 13.5km (8.5m), which takes 4-5 hours. The hike down then takes 3-4 hours.

From the top, and on a clear day, you can experience magnificent views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The park is home to 250 species of birds which include hummingbirds, the yellow-thighed finch (Pselliophorus tibialis), black-cheeked warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), crested eagle (Morphnus guianensis), bare-throated bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), sulphur-winged parakeet (Pyrrhura hoffmanni), and the mythological quetzal (Pharomachrus).

During the hike, you will be able to experience the lush flora, countless types of orchids – including some exotic ones, shiny bromeliads, giant oaks, and huge bamboos, as well as primary and secondary forests. In the first phase of the hike, you will see the vast valleys below and the small city of Boquete; before going deep into the thick forest, sometimes, you will be immersed in its characteristic mist, and when you arrive at the top, where you will enjoy the most magical views.

For more information on this tour, please contact Panama Journeys on marketing@panamajourneys.com

The top 3 adventure activities in Medellin, Colombia

Canyoning

With moderate temperatures, Medellín is regarded as Colombia’s city of ‘Eternal Spring’ and is located at the base of the Paisas Valley, which is overlooked by the Andes mountain range.

Medellín offers many activities for the adventurous traveller: hike in the surrounding hills and visit picture-perfect waterfalls, white water raft in Samana, or try canyoning – a truly exhilarating experience!

La Miel eco hike
This half-day hike takes visitors on the eco-trail to visit La Miel waterfall in the foothills of the Andes. The hike takes approximately 90 minutes and has a medium to low level of difficulty, and a good level of fitness is recommended, as there will be some rocks to climb on the route. The 20-meter waterfall is reached by following a small river trail through the Andean cloud forest. During the tour there is an ecological activity to learn about the flora and fauna, you can swim in natural pools and experience the biodiversity of the La Miel nature reserve.

Rafting in Samaná
You will be transferred from Medellín to Santa Bárbara (1½hour) for a two-hour guided rafting experience. Start with an incredible descent on class 4+ white water rapids through Colombia’s pristine rainforest. Travel on through a beautiful silver-blue rock canyon, where you will feel calm and tranquillity in nature. Witness rare birds, butterflies, and exotic plants in the lowland tropical rainforest. There is the option to camp overnight in sheltered hammocks in the rainforest, close to a secluded lagoon or you can return to your hotel after the tour.

Canyoning near Medellin
Canyoning is a fun adrenalin-inducing activity that takes place to the west of Medellin, in the village of San Felix. You will launch yourself into a stream or waterfall, using ropes to climb down into the canyon. The canyoning guide will explain the proper techniques before the tour and will also provide all the required equipment. The activity is for 90 minutes or 180 minutes – depending on how much adrenalin you can take in one day.

For more information on any of these fantastic activities contact Colombian Journeys today on marketing@colombianjourneys.com.

Gravity Falls – an adventure awaits in Costa Rica!

Gravity Falls day trip

If you are ready to push yourself and put your limits to the test, Costa Rica’s newest and most extreme adventure tour is a must!

Imagine a river tour with canyoning or rappelling – take it up a few notches, and we have the extreme challenge of ‘Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping’, a multi-sport activity that takes you through a beautiful canyon in the middle of a tropical rainforest.

The day starts out easy enough, with a nice drive through the Costa Rican countryside, to go deep into the forest, where the adventure begins! Get your adrenaline going with a 140 ft rappel down a gushing waterfall, take a plunge into the cool, clear pool below, and make your way to the shore. Continue your journey and jump down a series of waterfalls and cliffs, that range from 5 to 25 feet in height, trek through a narrow canyon passage and experience the magical combination of hiking, swimming, and rock climbing along the river. Professional guides will accompany every step of the way to ensure your safety and help you test your limits. Finish up the day with a delicious all you can eat buffet at the ‘Hunters & Gatherers’ riverside restaurant, before heading back to your hotel for a rest.

The gravity falls experience can be enjoyed as a day trip from your hotel in La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano. Contact Camino Travel at info@caminotravel.com for more information.

Jump into the waterfalls of Tzimoleras, Mexico

Tzimoleras Waterfalls

Following the Río San Vicente in the state of Chiapas downstream to Tzimol – about 13 km from Comitán – you reach a green paradise in almost untouched nature, where the three waterfalls of Tzimoleras invite you on an adventure. The waterfalls are not designed for mass tourism and should remain so. On arrival, you will have an amazing view of the jungle and get the chance to experience Mexico’s countryside in the most tranquil surroundings.

Guided by a local guide and equipped with life jackets, participants follow the river both in and out of the water. Among other things, they jump down the first seven-meter high waterfall into a small natural pool. The water leaves the pool over a 45-metre high ledge and offers a fantastic view into the depths, while the water of the raging Río San Vincente washes around you (Please be aware that there is a guide with you to keep everyone safe).

A path leads to the next level and thus to the third waterfall, which can be admired with a drop of around 60 meters. Please note that this tour is for the more daring and adventurous traveller. For more information and to plan your trip, please contact Native Trails – info@nativetrails.de