My wife, 4 year old son, and I just returned from a fantastic overnight stay at the Jungle Land Panama floating lodge!
Our guide and host Shane made us feel at home and took great care of us whilst the owner was away in the city. In fact, all the staff at Jungle Land were great. The ladies in the kitchen turned out tasty dishes for all of our meals, and the boat drivers were expert wildlife spotters and fishing guides.
We opted to spend a little more and do the overnight package. At $200 per person ( our son went free, as do all kids between 3 and 5 years old), you could be forgiven for considering it expensive, until you experience what is included!
We motored along the Panama Canal, passing huge container ships; we had monkeys eating out of our hands; we went kayaking through the dense jungle to a waterfall for a swim; we went fishing, and easily caught peacock bass (which we ate that evening) with the assistance of our guide Henrioso; we did a night safari, and saw crocodiles, caymans and even a sloth! We handled a boa constrictor; we had all our meals prepared, and an open bar for the entire duration of our stay; we got to sleep with the jungle right outside our room ( there is no outer wall, just a mosquito screen) and the sounds of the jungle were amazing to hear.
With that many activities, you'd think we'd have been rushed from one to the next in order to remain on schedule, but not so. The timing of everything had clearly been well thought out and refined over time. Everything flowed easily - and remember, we had a 4 year old in tow.
We thought the mosquitoes would be a problem, especially since it was the wet season, but we slept well that night unmolested by those nasty insects.
In my opinion, if you've come all the way to Panama, you'd be stealing from yourself if you didn't spend a little extra and do this tour. You see the famous Panama Canal, experience the jungle, and see a surprising number of animals.
An absolute must-do!
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