Soposo Rainforest Adventures
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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the weather like?



Panama is a tropical country and generally the weather in warm and humid year round.   The  temperatures during the day range between 80 F and 90 degrees Fahrenheit ( 25-30 degrees Celsius) and it often cools off pleasantly in the evenings. In general, the sun shines everyday, all year long. However, there are two "seasons" in Panama and some people prefer to come in the "dry season" from mid-December through May when it doesn't rain. In the so called "rainy season" or “green season” from June until December, most days there is a one to two hour tropical rain storm in the late afternoon. This is a regular occurrence and most activities can be planned around it.

In the province of Bocas Del Toro, where Soposo Rainforest Adventures is located, the "seasons" are less distinctive because it is more heavily forested than other areas of Panama. Since tropical rain forests both create and require more moisture, there is more rain in this area than other parts of the country. Although there will occasionally be spells of several rainy days in a row, it is more common to see rain and sunshine mixed throughout each day.

Is Spanish necessary for a trip to Panama?


In Panama city and other tourist centers such as the islands of Bocas Del Toro, there are often many English speaking people.
That being said, in the more rural portions of Panama, one may be hard pressed to find someone who speaks English. Panamanians are extremely friendly people however and will almost always do their best to assist despite the language differences. At Soposo Rainforest Adventures, both the owners and all of the main tour guides are fluent in both Spanish and English.


How can I pay for my tour?

 Because of our remote location, it is difficult for us to deal with credit cards. We prefer payment to be made in cash upon arrival. Should you feel uncomfortable carrying cash, we are also able to accept bank transfers or deposits into our account at Banco Nacional. Should you make your reservation a month or more in advance, we are also able to accept personal checks mailed to our US address. Conveniently, Panama uses the US dollar, so there is very little difficulty with money exchange.

 

Can I drink the water? Are there any health concerns?

In many places in Panama, you can drink the tap water. At Soposo Rainforest Adventures you will be provided with filtered or bottled drinking water that is perfectly safe.

There are no special other health concerns and no shots or special pills are necessary unless you are going to hike in the Darien jungles or other remote areas. In  most of Panama and the area surrounding Soposo Rainforest Adventures, malaria is scarcely heard of but if you plan on taking a more adventurous tour that will take you deep into the jungles, you may decide to take more precaution.


What Type of Wildlife can I see in Panama?

Panama’s position as a narrow land bridge connecting two continents has endowed it with some of the world’s most pristine and biodiverse rain forests. It’s national parks cover five million acres. One key indicator of its biodiversity: Panama ( the size of North Carolina) has 944 recorded bird species, more than the US and Canada combined. One of the most exciting aspects of nature hiking in Panama is the many kinds of animals that can be readily seen: monkeys, sloths, coatimundi, poison dart frogs, armadillos and an unparalleled variety of birds.

What Time Zone is Panama in?

Panama is on EST from October to April and CST from April to October when daylight savings goes into effect in the States.


What kind of clothes and other items should I bring?

We suggest
light colored,  quick drying clothes to keep you cool and dry during our river travel and rain forest hiking.  Long pants, repellent, a sun hat  and sturdy shoes that can get wet and/or muddy are important for hiking. Occasionally it can cool down at night or on rainy days so  a warm sweater or light jacket is good to have. Good sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlights, cameras and  binoculars are also all good to have.

Is it appropriate to bring any gifts?

If you would like to bring anything along , school supplies for the children are always appreciated. Other ideas might include books in Spanish or small souvenirs from your home.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Cancellations 30 or more days before the first day will receive a refund in full less a cancellation fee of $75. Cancellations 15-29 days before the first day of the tour will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within 14 days of the first day of the tour are non-refundable.

 

 

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