Santa Fe National Park Tours

Santa Fe National Park – River and Jungle Trek

Description: This is perhaps my favorite hike of all time – it has a sense of true exploration about it.  Travel with us by car through the Rainforest of Santa Fe National Park.  Hike up a jungle river, climbing over boulders, wading through knee to waist deep water for 1-2 hours, then cut across a steep forested hill to arrive at one of the most beautiful remote waterfalls with two clear pools.

We will enjoy a swim and packed lunch at the falls.

This is not a developed tourist zone and we are off trail most of the time. We limit group size to 6 people or less.

Duration:  7 hours

Start Time: 9AM, unless otherwise arranged

Cost: $85 per person, packed lunch included

Know Before You Go:

The hike is moderately difficult to strenuous depending on your personal movement limitations.  We will be scrambling over boulders, crossing rivers, and hiking short, steep slopes.  This is not recommended for those with movement limitations or children under the age of 12.  Since we will be traveling though the rainforest, and rain is common, please be aware that rain does not cancel your reservation unless we feel that the conditions are unsafe.  (Please see Terms and Conditions)  If the river is flowing fast, we will take an alternate route to minimize river crossings.

What to Bring:

Participants should bring water or a water filter.

 

Santa Fe National Park – Lost Waterfall Hike

Remote Waterfall, Santa Fe Veraguas
Description:  Want an unforgettable experience with a little rainforest and a little culture?  Here it is.  Travel with us by car through 5 biomes through the Rainforest of Santa Fe National Park, over the continental divide.  We then hike for 1 hour on a moderately difficult footpath through the forest and isolated indigenous community  to reach the awesomely high 100m Las Golondrinas falls on communal indigenous lands.

This is not a developed “tourist” zone, and we limit our groups  to 8 people or less.

Duration:  4-5 hours

Start Time: 9AM, unless otherwise arranged

Cost: $115 (2 people) +$25 additional person over 2 (online special only).

Know Before You Go:

The hike is moderately difficult.  We will be going up in elevation, and the path is muddy.  This is not recommended for those with movement limitations or small children.  Since we will be traveling though the rainforest, and rain is common, please be aware that rain does not cancel your reservation unless we feel that the conditions are unsafe.  (Please see Terms and Conditions)

What to Bring:

-Shoes.  The trail will be muddy- and I mean rainforest muddy.  There are also venomous snakes in the region.  I personally use a pair of black, rubber rainboots when I hike in the rainforest.  These can be purchased in Santa Fe at the Cooperative for $10-$15.

-Water.

-Extra pair of shorts/shirt if you would like to swim in the pool at the waterfall.

-Please leave valuables behind.  My phone met with a sad end when I was scaling the side of a waterfall in Santa Fe and got wet when I fell.  If you must bring, consider wrapping in a ziplock baggie.

Social Responsibility:

To get to the falls, we will be traveling through a traditional indigenous village – allowed there by the community members.   The land itself is tentatively held by an association of savvy indigenous farmers – providing an additional guide for the trip, and the earnings are shared among its members who do work.

Imagine that you live 60 years ago in a small farming community in your home country, no electricity, no cars, no phone.   Every so often, a group of 7ft tall foreigners drive through your town, and stop and point at your kids and take pictures of them and your home.

Yes. We’re kind of like that.  In order to limit our obnoxiousness, we ask the following:

– Please remember people are living their lives.  Please do not take pictures in town of people, especially children, nor close ups of people’s homes.  We don’t even think it appropriate to ask, much less offer money for the priveledge. Feel free to take pictures outside of town of the landscape and natural beauty.

-We may be meeting a guide who lives in the area, please do feel free to take pictures of things he points out to you.