River Deep Mountain High-River fun in Santa Fe, Panama

River Deep Mountain High, Santa Fe, Panama

River Deep Mountain High, Santa Fe, Panama

I could help but sing the Ike and Tina Turner classic while I was parading through Santa Fe, Panama.  Everywhere you look there are deep rivers and high mountains!  My guide Cele probably thought I was a crazy person as I would burst into song and do my best Tina Turner dance while wading through a river or hiking through the mountains.

But hey, what’s the point of having all these adventures if you’re not going to make it fun!!!

Santa Fe is loaded with rivers that are good for swimming, tubing, wading and splashing!  The two most notable and popular are the Santa Maria and Rio Bulabá. These rivers are clean and safe to swim in.  The only thing to be careful with is the weather.  If it starts to threaten rain head for higher ground immediately as the flow and depth of these rivers can get dangerous quickly.

For around $5.00 you can rent an inner tube and float down the Rio Bulabá until it joins the Santa Maria. The trip takes a little more than an hour and HOLD ON because at some points you float through some rapids!  (Don’t worry, they aren’t to dangerous!)  eventually you come to a footbridge over the Santa Maria and the ride is over.  If this sounds like your idea of a good time call  William Abrego at  6583.5944 and he’ll set you up.  His rental place is about a mile outside of town.

You can also contact  Veraguas Expeditions and they can plan whitewater rafting trips and horseback rides that include lunch for between $50 and $80 a day (or half day).  Contact them by email or by phone at  6714.2094.

Click through the gallery below to check out some of the rivers that I saw while in Santa Fe, Panama!