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I have nothing but positive words to describe this company run by two brothers, with one of whom I... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2019
David L
4 day Chagres National Park crossing with Jungle Treks

El Camino Real experience definitely exceeded my expectations. The luscious jungle, the spirited... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

We did our trek through Jungle trek company. The way Rick and his team handled themselves and the logistics during the trek was top notch. The trip has exceeded my expectations of a rain forest trek. This opinion is not only mine but also from my friends who were part of the group. The whole jungle experience has really made a lasting impression on me - not just the pristine jungle, mountains, rivers, streams etc but also the people involved (Rick, Segundo, Kandi, Edwin and Eddie) and what they care and stand for. I surely do see myself going back to Panama.

For anyone who is interested in this trek: I could certainly say that Rick (his English is fluent and impeccable) does a great job communicating and prepping appropriately for the trip. He goes the extra length reviewing all the details from his experience with each individual joining the trip - including what is the complete item list to carry on the trek. Be assured that Rick and his team will ensure that your experiences, needs and safety on the expedition will be well taken care for.


Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed May 4, 2016

Cant say enough about the Camino Real trail. You get really varied topography including rolling pastures, dense primary rainforest, rivers....it was an incredible 3 days. The guides were well informed, very kind, and had great attitudes the whole time. Food was great, we slept in hammocks (they were the hammocks you can close) and one of the best parts was the artifacts from the 14th century trail including a railway bridge and old rail car. WOW! Plus tons of animals. UNFORGETABLE!!

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Kentpd
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Reviewed January 22, 2016

I have only positive things to say about Rick Morales and his Jungle Treks company. I had an amazing experience on the 4-day trek in January 2016. As a single, female traveler, I was totally comfortable the entire time. I was impressed with Rick from the first time I contacted him - he always responded and was clearly very organized. I'm so happy I decided to join this trek and I hope to have the opportunity to go on another trip with Jungle Treks.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

I did the Camino Real trek in January 2016. It has been an amazing experience that I would strongly recommend to anyone who wants to experience trekking in the tropical rainforest . Rick Morales from Jungle Treks did an amazing job in preparing us in advance for the trek giving us a lot of information about the hike and the equipment to bring. We even had a video call to make sure that we did not miss anything. We were very lucky and we encountered little rain so I did not find the trek particularly challenging from a physical point of view. We were wet all day long from sweating and walking in the river and making sure that your feet stay in good condition is probably the main challenge! If an opportinity comes up, I would definitely follow Rick and Segundo on another mimi adventure in the future!

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed September 25, 2015

I can't recommend this trek enough and as I am not the best with words (a number person to be precise) this review will not give the trek the justice I try to portray here.

Right from the moment I contacted Rick I received very helpful responses and he even organised a skype chat to go through the gear; I would definitely recommend you take his advice on everything he suggests to be well prepared, and also allocate sufficient time to get the right gear. The small things make such a difference towards a better experience.

The trek itself was an unforgettable experience - the combination of being outdoors in varied landscapes and simply being in the natural jungle, whilst facing the challenges of hiking across rivers and varied terrain, carrying a rucksack that only gets heavier by the hour as everything gets drenched. An added bonus is that this trek also offered a historical aspect to it with evidence of the remains of the Spaniards traces. Definitely something off the beaten track. So if you're looking for something different or a new challenge this is definitely it.

In terms of the group it felt like I was part of a small family for 4 days. Everyone was attentive and kind and I always felt safe and content with the group despite being the only female of the group (low season) and struggling after being ill in the preceding days (I made the mistake of taking anti-malarials - there were barely any mosquitos!). Rick, the founder of jungle treks, is very knowledgeable and a very experienced guide prepared for all scenarios - in our case it seemed that the drought that had lasted years had finally ended the day we started the trek! Luckily we were able to complete the trek. It actually added to the experience - knowing that you're safe and dry in a hammock whilst hearing the rain and thundering was an amazing experience. Anyway, he prepared the food himself, which was great and plentiful, and ensured we had comfortable and dry hammocks, which was a welcoming comfort in the evenings after spending the entire day wet!

One suggestion for improvement would be to bring something that you'd enjoy doing in the evenings at camp - a deck of cards, boardgames, music, a book; whatever it is that interests you. Other than that I have no negatives for this trek - go for it!!

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank AthMich
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