Taharaa ATV Tours
Taharaa ATV Tours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road ToursEco ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
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Jungle - Waterfall Tour: 4 hours long starting in El Valle, located at an elevation of 2000 ft. in a beautiful rain forest. From El Valle you will travel along a rugged trail deeper into the mountains crossing six streams and arriving at the stunning and picturesque 100-foot waterfall known as “Cascada Tavida” where you can swim or just relax in a hammock enjoying the fabulous views before the return trip to El Valle. There are bathroom facilities, an excellent restaurant, a spa and a small hotel located at Villa Tavida. The tour includes an English speaking guide.
El Valle de Anton, Panama

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TVpro
Nashville, TN42 contributions
Dec 2018
not a dull moment anywhere on this tour. The best tour operation in El Valle. 3 hours of driving your own ATV, swimming at a 100 ft. waterfall and splashing through at least 5 streams as you wind your way up and down mountains in the jungle. An adventure not to be missed!
Written April 2, 2019
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jrr012
New York City, NY3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
This was my third tour with Neil and his grandson Cody... This time I went with a friend from France and, just as the first time, the experience is breathtaking... The landscape and nature are just amazing. Niel makes sure at every moment that you're having a great time, while keeping safety as a priority. Great ride for families and adventurers... Another way to explore this beautiful country.
Totally recommended and I will certainly do it again!
Written August 5, 2018
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Hi Jose: Thanks for the TripAdvisor review. Three tours and you keep coming back. When you get to 10, I'm going to have to knock two dollars off the tour! I look forward to your next visit with your daughters. Thanks again.
Written August 6, 2018
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Teresa J
Miami Beach, FL8 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
This ATV tour is just incredible. We went as a family of 4, our children are 11 and 13 and rode on the back of our ATV's. Neil Stein is a great communicator and is clear about what the tour is like - it can be challenging and is not for faint hearted! We took the tour with Neil and his Grandson, Kobe and they were very attentive and helpful throughout. They are very mindful of your safety and check on you constantly. The ATV's are new, well serviced and safe. The tour is just wonderful - you climb the hills and mountain sides on rugged roads and dirt roads to beautiful views of the cloud forest. You swish your way through plenty of streams and get to a gorgeous restaurant and waterfall half way, where you can swim and relax. It started raining on the way back, which actually made it more fun - our children were howling with laughter! Neil is very mindful of your comfort level and is willing to swap with you and drive your vehicle if you not comfortable at any point, they also take photos and send them to you afterwards. Wear long pants, pack a swimsuit and have a truly memorable day! Thank you Neil and Kobe for an awesome experience!
Written July 1, 2018
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Teresa: Thank you so much for your wonderful review - I couldn't have written it better! I appreciate all your kind words about our efforts to keep everyone safe as well as your description of the tour. You have an amazing family - so much fun, interesting and excellent drivers. I hope you come back soon.
Written July 2, 2018
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Shiv
Chicago, IL12 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
I Had contacted the owner and booked the tour for 7 people well in advance and had also given a $250 deposit to reserve our spot.
Our group was going to be in town from March 20th to March 24th and we were all travelling from the US to Panama for the first time. I contacted the owner a week before our arrival to double check and confirm everything (thank god), only to find out from him that he is in the middle of some legal issues and he would have to cancel the tour. Our group had booked a car to travel 2.5 hours from Panama city to El valle and planned out the entire day around this, so needless to say we were extremely disappointed/angry.
If you are going to cancel for whatever reason at least call the customers in advance and let them know so that they can try to make other arrangements, Especially when you rush them to send the deposit to reserve the booking saying "oh its peak time and spots are filling up quick".
The owner claimed that he didn't call cause he was waiting to see if his issues got resolved which in my opinion is really selfish. His suggestion was to wait till Saturday (which would have then been 4 days before our arrival) to see if the tour could still be done.

We didn't want to wait any longer and asked the owner to cancel the reservation and to send us our deposit back. We were lucky to find another ATV tour last minute in that area or else the entire day would have been ruined.

Notice that the last review on tripadvisor is almost a year old. Tripadvisor needs to at least make sure businesses are still running or else mark them as closed cause people from out of town depend completely on these reviews and this business is the first thing that pops up on tripadvisor when looking for ATV tours in panama.

I should have read the google reviews where people had mentioned that the place is shut down and/or is being illegally operated... idk what the exact deal is, but instead i blindly believed the 150 five star reviews on tripadvisor.
Written March 25, 2019
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Shivraj: As we discussed on the phone, The business is not shut down. I have been working at least 80 hours a week and attempted to get a partner to alleviate the load. That did not work out before we even started working together. So now, I have been in the process of selling the business and continuing to run the operation for the new owner. This will cut my working time down to a normal 40 hours a week. You knew all this when we discussed everything on the phone over the course of four days. You also received your $250 deposit immediately! I am sorry that you are still unhappy, even though you seemed quite understanding on the phone. I try to please everyone but that is not always possible.
Written March 26, 2019
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karolinaslomba
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Mar 2018 • Friends
The tour was outstanding and the views breathtaking!! The guides were very informative and made sure we were well informed on how to handle all the difficult parts of the tour. The tour itself was spectacular and he most fun I’ve had anywhere! If there is one activity you chose to do in Anton valley it should be this one! I highly recommend it !! Such an amazing time !
Written April 21, 2018
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Karolina: I'm glad you found the tour to be outstanding! Also happy that you had such a good time and highly recommend the activity! The tour is quite an adventure - we just try to keep everyone safe and have a memorable experience! Thanks for the excellent review. Hope to see you again.
Written April 23, 2018
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Alvin S
6 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We took taharaa atv tours this weekend and I have to say that Neil (the owner of the company) gave us one of the tours that me and my girlfriend will remember for ever.

Great setting, great tour, just be careful with the trail, its a trail that is not for a beginner but you can ride the atv as passenger with Mr. Neil if you dont feel confident enough.

Great experience!!!!
Written March 12, 2017
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Hi Alvin: Thank you for your review of our tour. I'm glad that you and Katherine enjoyed yourselves so much. A photo of you both in the pool under the waterfall will be on my website. Thanks again!
Written March 14, 2017
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Deep P
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Friends
A fun filled adventure with Neil and Cody, Atving was amazing in El Valle de Anton. The trip was well worth the 2 hour trip from Panama City. One of the best thing is the waterfall along the trip, I would definitely recommend going for a swim. All in all the Taharaa ATV tour is one adventure that needs to be done while in Panama, it never never compare to the other atv tours done in Mexico or other central american countries.
Written August 28, 2018
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Deep: Thank you for recommending Taharaa ATV Tours. Many people, beside yourself, have said that this is the best ATV tour they have ever taken. I really do appreciate your excellent review and hope to see you again when you return to Panama.
Written August 30, 2018
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Kaaleeish
Atlanta, Georgia, United States2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
This great tour has a lot to offer. There are points where you go fast.  However it's not just about speed.  The terrain is pretty challenging.  Your riding through mud, creeks, and rocky hills. There are times when your just focusing on not turning the ATV over. Make sure you enjoy the scenery as your driving. The jungle is beautiful and you stop at a waterfall where you can swim and hang out at. While you're at the waterfall, Ask Maria for some cheesecake. It's delicious. Lastly,  Neil who runs the tour is a great guide. He's very personable, and he does his best to make sure you have a great time.  Just do what he says so you don't pissed him off or get yourself hurt. I had such a great time that we ate lunch and kicked it afterwards. Normally I don't write reviews but he and this tour deserves it. Thanks Neil.
Written June 5, 2018
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Kaaleeish: Thanks you for your kind words and excellent review. We certainly had a great time! I don't often have a tour with just one person; so, this was quite different as we were able to talk about many things: your travels, your work, your adventures, etc. I also appreciate your advice to future travelers. My main concern is everyone's safety as the tour can be a bit hazardous at times. I look forward to your return. Perhaps your wife will up to the challenge on your next visit. Thanks again, Neil
Written June 7, 2018
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Kristin C
Boston, MA227 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This was my first time driving an ATV, although my husband has done it many many times. I was completely out of my comfort zone but wanted to do this adventure. Thank you Neil for your patience and taking us on a fantastic tour! It was exhilarating. Seeing the beautiful hills and mountainside of this area of Panama was pretty incredible. We are so thankful that Neil also got some great pictures for us too! The stop halfway at the waterfall is a beautiful area- breathtaking. By the end of the tour, I was much more confident in my driving. We really had an awesome time. My husband was very impressed by the quality of the ATVS- they are brand new, powerful, power steering, good suspension, very comfortable and make it much easier for a beginner.

Some tips- Water shoes, longer pants recommended. Small storage place in center console of ATV- but no need to bring a lot of stuff. The waterfall stop has a bathroom, restaurant, sitting area. You are concentrating on driving so you are not going to be taking pictures while driving. You will get wet- there are multiple water crossings. If you are looking for a tour that you can mess around and act like bozo with your buddies, this is not the tour for you.

Thanks again Neil!
Written May 19, 2018
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Kristin: I am certainly glad that you had a great day and was able to handle the ATV so well. For a novice, you are quite the driver! The tour is quite manageable for people who have the courage and desire to take the challenge. I appreciate all your kind words about me, the machines and the tour in general. I look forward to your return, Neil
Written May 21, 2018
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Shamayah_N
Playa Coronado, Panama2 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Taharaa is the best place to go for ATV ride. Neil, the owner, is a super great guy! Whether this is your first time or you're experienced, you're in good hands with Neil. It was a fantastic way to see the real Panama - the nature, the people and a great adventure. I highly recommend booking this trip. It's a lot of fun!
Written May 14, 2018
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Hi Shamayah: As you know, the tour with you, Chris and Chane was one of the most fun experiences I've had in this business. You are all exceptional people: fun, interesting, adventurous and excellent drivers! Thank you for your kind words about me and my company. I look forward to your return. It would be great to do it again!
Written May 15, 2018
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