I cannot recommend this trek and Rick Morales, our guide, enough! Two friends and I went on this trek with little expectations (or experience) and literally all agreed this was the best trip any of us had ever been on. Rick was an exceptional guide. He was extremely organized, knowledgeable, experienced, thoughtful, and well prepared. He was also a lot of fun to be around...great attitude, funny, not at all annoying. He sends very detailed information prior to the trip and Skypes with you to ensure you have the right equipment. I would trust everything he says as far as packing suggestions, including the Belleville Khyber Jungle trekking boots (just break them in first! And consider sock liners and lots of bandaids/blister care if not). He gives you exactly the right amount of information, from prior to arrival to every day on the trek. He has a satellite phone, GPS, a great relationship with the local Panamanians...all ensuring your safety and genuine, incredible experience. You spend about 6-7 hours per day trekking, often in rigorous terrain, but are always well supported and get to enjoy the indescribable beauty of the pristine Panamanian jungle. Panamanian porters accompany the trip, helping carry some of the extra supplies and keeping you safe along the way. All of the supplies, including hammocks and tarps, are pristine and very clean. There were physically challenging parts and you should be in decent shape prior to the trek, but my friends and I had never done anything like this before and did very well. Without giving too much away, I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to spend a few days in the jungle, camping, being active, and enjoying great people and a truly beautiful environment in a very unique and authentic way. My friends and I are planning another trip with Rick for next year!
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