Ancon Expeditions of Panama offers lodges for our customers to fully enjoy the adventure with all the accommodations you need.


1 - Cana Field Station
(Darien National Park)

2 - Punta Patiño Lodge
(Punta Patiño Reserve, Darien Province)

3 - Bocas Inn
(Colon Island, Bocas del Toro)


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Cana Field Station

Regarded by renowned ornithologists as one of the best birding sites in the world, Ancon Expeditions' Cana Field Station is located at 1,600 feet above sea level (500 meters) in the heart of the 1.2 million-acre Darien National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The station is made up of a set of old wooden buildings that originally served as the headquarters of the gold mine that exists there. Mining in the area ceased almost 90 years ago. However, prospectors maintained the concession rights until 1997 when Ancon Expeditions negotiated with the government of Panama to ban for good this activity within the national park and turn Cana into an ecotourism and scientific research area. Read More...

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Punta Patiño Lodge

Known as the last bastion of wilderness in Central America, the Darien is still as intriguing as it was almost 500 years ago when the first Conquistadors visited the area in search of riches and ultimately a passage to the Pacific Ocean. The 60,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve is the largest private natural protected area in Central America and it is part of the Darien National Park complex of preserved lands. Read More...

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Bocas Inn

The Bocas Inn is listed among the top 20 destinations in Mexico and Central America by Outside Magazine's Travelers edition.
The Bocas Inn is a charming family lodge located on the water's edge of Colon Island, in the town of Bocas del Toro. Seven comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms (hot water), free Wi-fi, an open air dinning hall, a sun deck, a hammock balcony and spectacular local food specialties make the Bocas Inn a favorite among visitors to this Caribbean destination. Read More...


The Naturalist Guide is the most important link between the natural splendour and the traveler. He is the key to the success of a trip. We take great pride for having set the standards for this reputable profession in Panama. All of our Naturalists have extensive training and experience in the regions and fields of expertise they excel at. Just as important, they enjoy what they do and find it easy to transmit their enthusiasm and knowledge to those who travel with them. They are the country’s finest as pledged by travel guide books, specialized publications and travelers.

" The depth of knowledge and dedication of your guides is amazing. The passion each member of the Ancon Expeditions of Panama staff has for conservation and the environment is remarkable and comforting."

Nancy George-Richards


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Master Naturalist Guide - Expedition Guide
Widely regarded as one of Latin America´s best, Hernán Araúz´s calling as a naturalist guide emerged 20 years ago with the founding of Panama´s first ecotourism business. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide - Expedition Guide
Richard was born in Panama City to American parents. He is a seasoned naturalist guide as well as an extraordinary expedition leader. Educated in Business Administration, he pioneered the development of organized ecotourism in Panama more than 15 years ago. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide - Expedition Guide
Search for the definition of a worldly citizen and you’ll find in Ivan your immediate result: born and raised in Panama, Ivan attended high school in New York City, college in Europe and went to graduate school in Seattle Washington. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide
Roberto Medina has always been a nature lover. He studied Tourism Business Administration; however his heart has always pound on nature. Through the years, Roberto has developed a passion for everything that has to do with biodiversity of his country. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide
Rick developed a love for nature and wildlife while growing up in the mountains of Western Panama. By age 13 he already knew well his way around all major national parks and off the beaten path corners of his native land; frequently leading trips and interpreting nature for visitors with a contagious passion. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide
Deibys Fonseca is a Panamanian naturalist from the highlands of Chiriqui province who first showed his talent for guiding while working as a volunteer at La Amistad International Park. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide
Mauricio Hoyos was born and raised in the neighborhood of San Francisco, Panama. He attended Oxford International School where he learned to speak English, which he now speaks fluently. He is a fulltime student at the University of Panama with one year remaining to obtain his bachelor’s degree in biology. Read More...

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Naturalist Guide
Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile. He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he went back to Chile to go to college and later returned to Panama with a degree in Metallurgic Civil Engineering. His passion for nature was always stronger so he decided to go back to college and take a degree in Touristic Business Administration, a Post Grade in Management and a MBA in Human Resources. Read More...


Ancon Expeditions of Panama began operations in 1997 and very soon it was defining the meaning of tourism in Panama by breaking all existing paradigms. Our aim from the beginning has been to provide the most wonderful and exciting adventures within Panama’s broadly biodiverse land, and among its indigenous cultures, while leaving as little negative impact on them.

Led by Panama’s most experienced and friendly travel guides Ancon Expeditions of Panama offers Panama day trips, short trips, week-long Panama vacation adventures, to custom Panama tours. Locations and tours include boating through jungles and rainforests, to cruising the Panama Canal, stays in unique eco-lodges, train rides on the Trans Isthmian route, tours of Panama City and world class museums.

Other Panama tours include visits to Coiba National Park, the San Blas Islands where you will meet the Kuna Indians, or to the Chiriqui Cloud Forest. Long tours and special programs are available, as well, as week-long tours of Panama for Panama bird watching, multi-sport tours, and fun family adventures are also available. There is something for everyone.

Ancon Expeditions will guide you through a land of magic, mystery, adventure and history. See why Panama has become the most popular destination in Central America. Call to speak with someone about scheduling your Panama adventure today!


Ancon Expeditions of Panama is pleased to welcome you to our Panama adventure travel site. We recognize that you have many travel options, but we hope to demonstrate to you why you should schedule a Panama vacation for a trip of a lifetime.

Bio-diverse, rich in culture and history, with an almost incomparable number of different species of birds; ancient jungles, the Panama Canal, hiking trails, mountains lush with flora and fauna, and trees; rivers, streams, oceans on either side, islands, and more await you on a vacation to Panama. Please contact us today to discuss the wide variety of Panama travel options available now and in the future. Again, thank you for stopping by!

Our Team

Your Panama vacation begins with our professional tour planners and operations staff’s commitment to arranging, organizing, and fulfilling your Panama travel expectations. We take care of the details behind the scene so you and your Panama adventure guides can have the Panama trip of a lifetime!

Our Lodges

How would you like to stay at your own private lodge at a UNESCO World Heritage site that is only available to Ancon Expedition of Panama travel partners? Maybe you’d prefer to stay in a lodge over-looking the Caribbean Sea, or be housed in what is considered the last bastion of wilderness in Central America?

These lodges are exclusive and unique to those who travel with Ancon Expeditions of Panama. Panama’s best travel company wants to give you a memorable Panama vacation. Contact us now to learn more, or to make a reservation.


Ancon Expeditions of Panama is proud to share with you some of the many testimonials from those who have traveled Panama’s jungles, islands, rivers, streams, cities and villages with us.


Ancon Expeditions of Panama wants you to enjoy your vacation in Panama. To do so and get the most out of your trip to Panama, the following policies have been established for your benefit.

Affiliations & Awards

Ancon Expeditions of Panama is committed to providing the best sustainable tourism in Panama, and to conserving this naturally and culturally rich nation. We are pleased to be a part of the following groups who share the same goals:


Ancon Expeditions of Panama provides you with some of the more common FAQ’s that our guests ask. We hope this helps you plan for your trip to Panama. If you need to speak directly with us, please call us at our toll-free number 1-888-760-3426 (from the USA and Canada)

Interview with a Guide

Ancon Expeditions of Panama employs the best travel guides in Panama. Our Panama tour guides are passionate, knowledgeable, skilled, interesting and fun. Read below what one has to say about Panama and their love of giving Panama tours.



Ancon Expeditions of Panama is member of the following organizations and chambers:

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
  • Audubon Society – Panama
  • Hotel Association of Panama (APATEL)
  • National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON)
  • Summit Natural Park 
  • Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP)
  • Tourism Chamber of Bocas del Toro (CAMTURBO)
  • Tour Operators Association of Panama (APOTUR)
  • Virtuoso - Preferred On-Site (since 2011)





  • We are happy beck at home and I will thank you very much for your professional service, guiding and nice atmosphere during our staying in Panama - the best guide Richard send him our best regards:)) We are going to advice your agency as the best in Panama. Thank You!!!!
    Gosia Koczot (Nov 2018)

    “Panama was truly wonderful. Rich Cahill with Ancon Expeditions was excellent - as were their transportation people - Rene and Nicolas! Thank you for all of your help with the trip. The tours were all wonderful!”  

    Donna Roberts (Nov 2016)

    "I can't even begin to thank you for your help with planning this trip to Panama. David and I had an amazing memory. We LOVED Las Clementinas . The hotel staff was personable, location was awesome and Casco Viejo was so much fun to explore. Even the hotel restaurant was top notch. The head chef from Spain had won Michelin awards and the food showed. Breakfast was down the street at this awesome artsy restaurant. Loved visiting the Biodiversity Museum, Panama History Museum, causeway, French Embassy, the ruins, downtown with all the sky scrapers to mention a few. Biodiversity Museum was a must do for us. We LOVED it and learned a lot.

    Ancon Expedition drivers were professional, knowledgeable and personable. They arrived early and we enjoyed speaking with them. What a great company! They made the trip run like clock work.

    The Gamboa Resort was also awesome. We did the night safari tour, the arial tram, butterfly and orchid tours. I only wish we had one more day there because I wish we could have fit in the Embera Indigenous Village. We could see them from the 90 foot tower we climbed in the rainforest. That tour looked awesome. We needed to schedule that a day ahead.

    The Panama Canal partial transport, the Miraflores Lockes Museum was definitely a highlight, So fascinating to be on a boat in the canal and then to see it operationally from the museum was unforgettable. What an amazing engineering accomplishment.

    Lastly our stay at Playa Bonita. The Westin hotel pools we definitely took advantage of. It was great watching the many pelicans diving into the water fishing for food. As for the beach it wasn't super but it was a great way to end the trip. We also signed up for the all inclusive for meals that one day which my son totally enjoyed the endless trips to the buffet and all meals and drinks were included. They also did a beautiful decorated brownie surprise in our room for David on his birthday. We had our celebratory margaritas there to toast our birthdays and an amazing memorable trip.

    So glad that Jan told me about you. You were so helpful in planning this trip and we did a lot in just 7 days. I hope to call on you again and will definitely recommend you to friends.

    Thank you so much for helping me make a memory with my son. We honored our big birthdays and I got to experience Mothers Day in Panama. I can't wait to plan another trip. Time to get busy on my bucket list too."

    Maria Chanin
    December 2015

    “We had a FABULOUS trip last week - Each day tour was great and our guides were exceptional … It was such a great trip, we want to come back but would not want to do it alone!!!! Ancon should be a necessary travel partner for anyone coming to Panama. Ancon staff made our trip just PERFECT!!! Everyone we dealt with really made us feel special”

    Janet Robb
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    March 17, 2015

    "Estimada Michelle,

    Aprovechamos esta ocasión para agradecerle a Usted como representante de ANCON por una temporada extraordinaria en su hermoso país.  Los detalles del viaje fueron perfectamente organizados, y todas las excursiones inolvidables.  Gracias a nuestros guías expertos tuvimos la experiencia de ver el águila harpía, el quetzal, y muchos lugares famosos de Panamá, sin necesidad de preocuparnos con transporte, etc.  Queremos reconocer que conocimos a muchos panameños amables y muchos sitios diversos durante nuestra estancia.  Muchísimas gracias por su atención."

    Andrea & Chet Dunbar

    “We are home from a most enjoyable trip.  Thanks so much for putting it together.  We were particularly fortunate to have Hernan Arauz as our guide.  Not only did we get a wonderful insight into nature, but also learned much history, geography, and culture.  We learned a lot about Panama’s early history, but only passing references to its more recent relations with other countries, including the USA.  Very well done.

    Thanks again to you for your work and to Hernan for his great leadership on our trip and for his imagination, such as coming up with the Lebanese dinner – another highlight.  Good work!”

    Ned Lampkin (USA)

    "We transited the Panama Canal, we saw some Quetzals inBoquete, we experienced a laid back seaside town at Bocas - it was a great and memorable week! Thanks also, for your assistance.  You were always very prompt to respond to all my requests and inquiries as we were setting up the trip.  I was impressed by how responsive you were."
    Jim Morgan (USA)

    "I finally got a chance to write you this e-mail regarding our experience in Panama. Both my husband John and I had a wonderful time with all the activities that you put together for us. The guides were well informed about your country, and the places we visited. Their hospitality was very caring, and they paid attention to details. Please expend our deepest thanks to all of them from Hernan to Ivan- our last guide. We fell in love with Boquete and plan to visit there soon. [...] Roland was truly wonderful taking us through the mangroves, snorkeling, and we did Kayak to the beach. Our last two days at the Causeway was amazing. We got to bike, take long walks by the waterways. We arrived on the 31th to a very cold weather pattern and wished that we could turn around and fly back to Panama. If your company needs references, please do not hesitate to use us. We will be very happy to respond to them.

    Once again, Thank you and may 2014 bring all of you a very happy and healthy year. John and I are getting very excited about the twins boys arrival. We will now have four grandkids!

    Take Care

    Esther Chardavoyne (USA)

    Jim MorWe had a wonderful experience; fantastic food, exceptional guides, beautiful country."

    Mike Webber & Maureen Laverty, USA

    "Bocas Inn from Ancon Expeditions of Panama is a great hotel. Jose and Livingston were great great guides and all vehicles and transfers and drivers were good. We hope to be able to go back and go to the Darien next time. I have already recommended Ancon Expeditions of Panama to others – great time – thank you."
    Lori and Bob, (USA)

    "We are having the most wonderful time in Panama! I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to give us a beautiful experience here. Hernan is a fantastic guide -- so knowledgeable about everything -- natural science, history, culture, etc.  Dorothy was so happy to learn from him about the various plants and birds at the Summit Botanical Garden -- and the Panama Canal, of course, is a thrilling experience -- wonderful visitor center at Miraflores Locks! The lunch at Casco Viejo was absolutely delicious, and he gave us a chance to purchase a few molas and basket items at the open market there. The old city ruins were interesting too, though by that time Joseph and Dorothy were getting tired and ready to head home to our hotel overlooking the canal. We love watching the boats of all sizes coming and going from our balcony -- this hotel is a good quiet and peaceful location for us, with a full breakfast, A/C and free wifi too. Also, Andy is a great driver and very nice -- we were glad he was driving us."
    Libby Bottero (USA)
    "Hello Melanie, just writing back to let you know that we had a wondeful vacation. Both my wife and I loved the country, the people and the careful trip organization. Panama felt safe, clean and welcoming. We loved the country! We only hope that the incredible growth and construction going on is done in a sustainable fashon to complement and not spoil the great resources the country has to offer. The people were wonderful. We loved all of our guides and hosts, from the day tour guides in Panama City to Ersilia and Livingston in Bocas. They were all friendly, knowledgeable and respecting of the environment. While we did leave tips as per recommendations, we never felt pressed to do so. The trip was perfectly organized. Everything worked as clockwork, we were timely greeted in all transitions. We loved the places we visited and the packed plan allowed us to make the most of our only 4 days in the country. We felt we have seen a lot, while at the time still having some down time to relax. The mostly private trips allowed us to move at our pace and leisure. We loved the experience and we would definitely recommend Ancon Expeditions to our friends. As a matter of fact, there are a few friends that are considering coming to Panama and we may refer to you in the next year or so. Thanks! Manlio"
    Manlio Vecchiet, USA/Italy
    "We were very impressed with the efficiency of your company.  Guides arrived on time, as planned, and all were most helpful, friendly, and willing to go the extra mile to give us what we wanted.All accommodations were great. I enjoyed the food at the local cafes.  Never have I been to such a clean and safe country south of the border. Never did I feel uncomfortable when we were out by ourselves. We met friendly helpful people everywhere we went - from the waiter in Panama City who told me what the Spanish menu meant in English to the airlines check-in clerk.Thanks for a great once in a lifetime journey"
    Paul & Donna Hayes, USA
    "A very enjoyable experience in a hidden gem of a country made the better by the quality of Ancon's service."
    Philip Haines, Great Britain

    "I was very impressed with the professionalism of all the folks we interacted with, be it the tour guides, drivers, or agents in the office. Everything went very smoothly and without any problems whatsoever."
    Ricardo Gelman, USA

    "Hi Katiana, I am emailing to thank you so much for all the wonderful organisation you have done for us for the hotel booking, the canal trip and the San Blas Island tour. Everything has gone very smoothly including the transfers. We appreciate all the work you have done and please pass on our thanks and congratulations to Ancon Expeditions personell for the professional way our tours and accommodation have been handled. Thanks for keeping in touch with me by email and letting us know the time changes when we got to the hotel for pick up. We have enjoyed our stay in Panama and you are a wonderful ambassador for your country. With muchas gracias."
    Angie McErlean, Australia
    "The tours were what we had hope for, all staff from sales personal, tour guides and drivers were very kind and courteous and would without hesitation use Ancon Expeditions for any future trips to Panama."
    Arthur & Margaret Huffman, Canada
     “I greatly appreciated my stay in Panama and the tour with Ancon Expeditions of Panama. The program was nicely organized, with very friendly and efficient drivers and guides. Be all of them thanked for their services. Very professional guides providing valuable information on the natural environment, flora and wild life. Nice time.”
    Pascal Mimero, France

    “Ancon Expeditions of Panama did an outstanding job of creating a tour just for the four of us that allowed us to see the best of Panama in a short time. You guys did a great job of customizing a package for us at a reasonable price, and the quality of the guides and drivers was outstanding. Everything was so professional and well done, we will recommend Ancon Expeditions of Panama to our friends. Great job, especially Melanie.”
    Jerry Ribnick, USA
    “Wonderful service; everything worked like clockwork. Everyone was very friendly.”
    Hanna Bloomfield, USA
    “Ancon Expeditions have helped me as a photographer to see and photograph birds, animals, landscapes, and other wildlife in urban, and remote and wild areas of Panama. Their logistics are excellent. Ancon Expeditions have excellent naturalist guides with broad knowledge beyond only the nature of Panama; in addition they have very high level of ethics.”
    Øyvind Martinsen, Norway
    “Happy New Year to our friends at Ancon Expeditions. Hello Marco, this is just a quick note to say thank-you for the wonderful experience our family had on our trip to Panama. The quality and kindness of your staff went beyond our wildest expectations and we are so happy we chose your company. Please pass on an especially big thank-you to Al, who went above and beyond on all levels to make our trip such a success. The trip to Panama was everything we had hoped for and more, there was so much to see and do, we were never bored and we only toured a small portion of the country. Above all, it will be the little extras that made the trip so memorable; Al and Tony taking us shopping at a local store when the airline forgot our luggage, the wonderful quality of the lunches, the up close view of the Gatun lock, the chocolates that Al brought for the boys during our drives, the boat ride on the lake with the picnic lunch, the crossing of the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge and the grocery shopping trip on the way to Gamboa. If we were to do the trip over again, the only thing I would change is to add another day to tour more of Panama City. Since nothing says thank-you like a goofy picture I am attaching "Dread Pirate Kevin and his trusty sidekick Al the Guide attack the fort at Portabello". Hopefully the picture will bring a smile to the office. Again, thank-you so much and have a Happy New Year.”
    The Qualter family: Adam, Jennifer, Kevin and Jonathan, Canada
    “Hi Katiana, I hope you are well. My friend, Molly and I just returned to California after 10 wonderful days in Panama. We LOVED it. I just want to send you and your company an email to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Bocas Inn last week. Hercilia was fabulous and made our stay very memorable. She took very good care of us! We originally scheduled two nights at Bocas Inn 6/1 - 6/3, but we stayed until 6/5. Hercilia, Orlando, and everyone else that works at Bocas Inn are the best and we were sad to say good-bye to all of them on Friday. We look forward to returning to your Inn very soon and we have already told friends how much we loved Bocas Inn. We will write a recommendation Trip Advisor as well, but I wanted to send you a personal email as well.
    Many thanks and have a good day!”
    Jennifer Crist, USA
    "We had inquired about similar tours with other tour companies and we're so happy our friends recommended you to us!"
    Nilda Chong, USA

    “A quick note to Ancon Expeditions of Panama thanking you for a great tour. Ivan -- on behalf of Julie, Ryan, Georgia, Kristie and Darcy we want to say thank you to you and Ulrich. We had a great time. Panama is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Let me know if you are ever in Oregon (Portland) - Washington (Leavonworth) - give us a ring. I can be your tour guide around Portland and Ryan and Julie are fun and would definitely enjoy seeing you should you ever make it to Leavonworth. Take care and thanks again!”
    Darcy, USA
    “Hassle free and very interesting and fun. Organized. No glitches, helpful guides. The place in Bocas Del Toro was only fair, the Gamboa Rainforest was fabulous and Panama City was nice.”r
    Robert Karasov, USA
  • "In Panama, the standard of nature guides and tours is set by
    Ancon Expeditions of Panama."
    Scott Dogett, Lonely Planet (travel guide)

    "The top nature - tour company in Panama."
    Bill Friar, Adventure in Nature: Panama (travel guide)

    "The depth of knowledge and dedication of your guides is amazing.
    The passion each person in the Ancon Expeditions of Panama staff has for conservation and the environment is remarkable and comforting."
    Nancy George-Richards

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