Changuinola

Discover the wonders within the capital of Bocas del Toro province.

Enjoy the landscape of thousands of banana trees in endless rows of plantations making an extraordinary and perfect view. 

This is the main economic axis of Changuinola, the capital of Bocas del Toro and without any doubt the largest city in the entire province. 

Changuinola is the first stop for those who cross the border from Costa Rica via the Sixaola river.

Many tourists plan combined trips between both countries crossing from Bocas del Toro to Puerto Viejo and Limon in Costa Rica.

Transportation

Previously you could only go via motorboat to the very popular touristic destination of Colon island.  Now you should take a bus to the city of Almirante and then cross by water.  Today Air Panama offers flights to Changuinola and Colon island, so it is more convenient to directly book your flight if this is your final destination.

Changuinola is considered more of a business and commercial center than a touristic destination.

Experiences or touristic sites

Visit the largest natural reserve in Central America:

La Amistad International Park (PILA)

This park is so extraordinary and fantastic that it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983.



This protected area is shared between Panama and Costa Rica through the Talamanca mountain range.


It is estimated that 20% of the species in the region live in this park and it is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.



Among the 401,000 hectares (990,892 acres) we find mammals such as Jaguar, Puma, more than 500 bird species and three indigenous communities: Naso, Bribri and Ngöbe-Buglé.

Pure and natural beauty in all its splendor.

That is La Amistad International Park

San San Pond Sak Wetlands

The magical paradise that never stops to impress due to its fantastic natural beauty.

Mangroves, lagoons, canals and beaches with different exotic species such as turtles, sea “cows”, birds like hawks, royal ducks, sloths, and many other species… paint this beautiful live picture of nature that imprints and unforgettable memory in the minds and hearts of thousand tourists.

Discover the Panamanian monarchs and live their culture.

The only monarchy.

Before the Spanish conquistadors arrived, the Naso, also known as Teribe, were an indigenous warrior tribe.  Today there are only an estimated 5,000 dispersed between 11 communities along the Teribe river inside La Amistad International Park.

They are the only monarchy in Panama.  The Naso king lives in Sieyik.  Soposo Rainforest Adventures offers rustic lodging in Bajo Sodi village, besides cultural experiences with the Naso including typical dances, cooking lessons, traditional fishing, handcrafting or survival agriculture.  An unique experience.

The Banana Tour

The agrotourism experience you cannot miss.

Get to know and fall in love with the process of planting, harvesting and commercializing banana fruit explained by Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous women.

An unique agro touristic experience led by Coobana R.L cooperative in Puente Blanco community.

If you go to Changuinola and do not take the Banana tour, you never really went to Changuinola.