We have lots of outdoor activities in Panama.
We can start with the outdoor activities in Panama City. In the city, you can go biking, canopying, hiking, and jogging around the Cinta Costera or Causeway.
If you want to go to the countryside, you have more options, because the countryside has the beaches. You can go canopying, zip lining, horseback riding. You can do aquatic sports like jet skiing, kite surfing, water skiing, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. You can also go, parasailing, and even sky diving.
Chame is popular for skydiving and water skiing in Buenavenura and Decameron (the “beach areas” to the west of Panama City, broadly around Coronado; about 90 minutes from Panama City) and Bocas del Toro (on the Caribbean side of Panama, generally accessible from Panama City only by plane).
You can do diving in Bocas del Toro, and
you can also go diving around the Perlas Islands, around the island of Contadora (on the Pacific side of Panama, accessible from Panama City; pictured to the right), which can be even more amazing because right around June / July is the whale season.
You can go jet skiing at the beach resorts.
You can go fishing at Punta Pena in Bocas del Toro, where you can find marlin and other big fish. Of course, Pedasi (at the tip of the Azuero Peninsula, about 5 hours drive from Panama City) is also very good for fishing. In Pedasi, you can also go diving and enjoy other aquatic activities, including surfing.
Hiking is popular in many parts of the country of Panama, including Volcan and Boquete (7 - 8 hours from Panama City by car), and El Valle (about 2 hours from Panama City by car), as well as other places. In El Valle, you can take a very popular hike to see La India Dormida (“The Sleeping Indian”), which has a beautiful story to explain it. The legend has it that when an Indian woman fell in love with another man, a jealous shaman who was also in love with her cast a spell to make her fall asleep on top of a rock, where she turned into the mountain and you can see her today.
We also have rappelling down waterfalls in Panama.
We have many places to go kayaking in the
mountains of Panama, for example in the province of Chiriqui (best known towns: Volcan, and Boquete), and you can also go kayaking in El Valle. There are several places to go kayaking in Panama in Veraguas around Santiago (right in the middle of Panama) up in the mountains as well where we have the rivers. Even in Panama City, there are places to go kayaking, for example, in the Gamboa Rain Forest (pictured above, near the Panama Canal), which is also known for doing canopy and bird watching.
You can do bird watching in lots of places in Panama: El Valle, Gamboa Rain Forest.
The places most known in Panama for rafting include El Valle, Gamboa, and Boquete.
As you can see, there is no shortage of outdoor activities in the Republic of Panama.