It is a Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR), is located in the southern part of the province of Veraguas, in the districts of Montijo, Sona, Rio de Jesus, Mariato, and Santiago. It covers a total of approximately 89 thousand hectares between the sea and land area.
It is home to 13% of all natural mangroves forest in Panama, including estuaries, river mouths, islets, and islands, as well as the maritime route toward the beautiful island of Cebaco and Gobernadora and departure point to World Heritage Site, Coiba National Park.
These natural sites with their great biodiversity of plants and animals invite nature & wildlife lovers to explore high adrenaline adventures. You can observe numerous birds, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, crocodiles, and other reptiles which can be observed, in their natural habitat, usually very early in the morning and at dusk.
In this intimate natural adventure, you can see the sunrise, like a big orange ball through the pink sky, reflecting the pure green color of mangroves leaf in wetland water and fell the icy chill morning wind touching your face, is an experience that you will never forget.
We will visit islands of great importance in this wetland, known as Tres Islas Island, where we enjoy a beach day, depending on tidal conditions, and then we visit Leones Island, in it, we will taste a delicious lunch with huge assorted seafood and fish platter.
Set with the Customer (Recommended 6:30 am)
The boats are located in El Bongo de Montijo’s facilities, about 24 kilometers from the city of Santiago, by road in the direction of Puerto Mutis. At the end of the street almost to the banks of the San Pedro River.
After aboard, we will continue along the San Pedro River, until reaching the heart of the Gulf of Montijo, where we will find a number of mouths of other tributaries, as well as innumerable sports fishing spots, islets and small islands like Perdomo it serves as a night refuge for thousands of birds.
The charter is dedicated to cruise on the most picturesque parts of Veraguas abundant with fish species, migratory birds and mangrove trees, and the most beautiful and natural wealth of this part of Panama.
Mangrove forests are ecosystems that are rich in diversity, they act as nurseries to wildlife, barriers of erosion to coral reefs, and as rich food sources for humans. They can be found throughout Panama’s coastline. It is important to ensure protect these forests in order to continue the many benefits they provide.
This is a child-friendly ecotour and you are welcome to bring your kids for a great family day on the water which can be educational and fun, It is a fascinating way to discover the ecological wonders of wetlands. The cruise offers a year-round spectacle, with different seasons providing a rich and ever-changing vista.
Did you know mangrove forests are shown to absorb 4-5 times as much carbon as regular forests! Incredible, right!
Our boats have a maximum capacity of 7 adults comfortably seated. With enough space to move around and walk during the entire trip. However when it comes to fishing, things change, for safety and to have enough space to fight with the fish, the groups are not more than 4 fishermen.
The adventure offers plenty of opportunities for hands-on exploration while promoting environmental awareness and education about the Gulf of Montijo Estuary.
Usually, our clients want to take advantage of the first rays of the sun, that is why our departure time, from El Bongo de Montijo, totally depends on the customer. We recommend leaving at 6:30 am, to have more time available for the activity. Well, the elders say, “The early bird catches the worm”.
Cruise on the rivers and tributaries of the Gulf of Montijo, a few minutes after our departure, we can reach beautiful landscapes and wildlife encounters. We will spend all day moving from one place to another.
If weather and tide conditions allow it, we will arrive at a solitary set of islands called Tres Islas (Three Islands), one of these islands has a beautiful mini beach of golden sand, where we will spend the rest of the morning.
We will pause for lunch and take the strength to continue our trip. We suggest stopping in Leones Island and taste the famous seafood tray of Mr. Pedro, it includes lobster, fried fish, fried plantains, rice with coconut and black shell
After a full day of wildlife adventure, we only have to return to our starting point and arrive at a safe harbor.