Our Discovery Tours are perfect for anyone looking to travel and have an authentic adventure. The delicacies that feel like a celebration on your tongue; the hidden spots waiting for you to discover them; the cultural quips and slang only locals know about. You’ll explore and understand what makes Venao different from anywhere else. You can expect to experience plenty of new sights and hidden gems that the average tourist wouldn’t get to see. You may only be visiting, but you’ll be so immersed that you may feel like you’ve found your second home!
If you're looking for some world class fishing, seek no more. On the Venao Coasts, you will not only find a wide array of tuna, wahoo, snapper, dorado and more, but you will also take a breather from the crowds.
This experience is for newbies and experienced fishermen/women alike! The general fishing tour will most definitely get you some dinner and the ones with more knowledge can have fun spinning, jigging, live baiting, throwing poppers, and targeting specific fish.
We can arrange for you to get picked up at the hotel or meet in the port in Cañas but reservations in advance are highly recommended as fishing is one of the most sought after activities near Venao.
Eco Venao - One of the jewels of Playa Venao is the Waterfall Hike starting from Eco Venao, a reforestation “resort” that has multi-handedly planted 25,000 trees on 30+ hectares of land in the last 13 years. This Playa Venao waterfall varies in size depending on the time of year, but it’s always a pleasant place to sit and relax for a bit.
Waterfall Trail is about 1.5 miles long. It is family-friendly, good for beginners and ideal for those looking for a relaxing hike in nature. It is an easy hike for all ages and the reward is definitely worth it! Once you start, after ½ a mile you will reach La Cascada. Although it is a small waterfall, it is very beautiful. You will encounter different types of trees along the hike including the Royal Palm, Jagua, Espavé, and the Panama Tree among others.
But, don’t stop here! Keep following the trail all the way up to the top where you’ll find a picnic bench with one of the best views of Playa Venao. Being at about 130 meters above sea level, this is the highest point on our trail. On the way to the top of the mountain, you’re likely to pass by a variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys.
Have you ever wondered what mangroves look like? Besides the beach in Venao you will find an intriguing world of mangroves, wetlands and estuaries with an interesting bird and marine life.
Kayak, Stand Up Puddle or by the boat - you will be surrounded by amazing river forest vegetation and many miles of pristine dense mangroves.
Set up an appointment with time to make sure you are able to see this ecological wonderland. If you are a nature or water lover you will not want to miss this.
Isla Iguana is a wildlife refuge approximately 5 kilometers from Pedasí with white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, fantastic coral reefs known to be the best preserved. Home to several species of birds, which makes it ideal for bird watching. And the largest frigate nesting sites. It is also home to a wide variety of other animals and marine fauna.
To get there, an open fiberglass boat known as a “panga” leaves from Playa El Arenal and takes the group of tourists to the island. Once there, sea lovers can enjoy snorkeling and diving and enjoy seeing some fantastic marine life. Hiking trails are also on the island, and you will be able to see iguanas running around everywhere, while you get to know more about the island at the Visitor Center. Come and meet this gem in the Panamanian pacific ocean!
Looking for the best whale watching tours in Panama? Although many people have discovered it yet, the Azuero Peninsula is a Mecca for humpback whales and you can see them right here in Venao. Venao welcomes these humongous cetaceans to its tropical Pacific waters 7 out of the 12 months of the year! The warm waters around the Equator give the ideal conditions for humpback whales to breed and protect their offspring during their winter season. Venao is a safe haven for humpback whales traveling from the Southern hemisphere from July to October, on what’s considered the longest mammal migration ever recorded, traveling from 3,000 to 6,000 miles all the way from Antarctica! And not only that, but they arrive by the thousands!! Whale watching is amazing in this area, and often only requires a 10-20 minute boat ride offshore to view groups and mom/calf pairs. Occasionally you can see them from shore. Unlike in other whale watching areas, the whales in these shallow waters tend to be more playful and stay near the surface, diving for only short periods of time. Mom/calves typically “hang out” for a few days before moving on. Though infrequently, sometimes late in the season we’ve seen playful calves accidentally wander into the bay of Playa Venao to check out some of our surfers!
Experience the beautiful nature and jungles of Panama through a different and fun filled activity like this world-class zip-line course that zig zags down the jungle!
It consists of 8 zip-line cables and 2 rappels, with a total span of 3 kilometers down the mountain t measure Panama's longest single zip-line spanning 600 meters!
There’s also a jungle hiking trail where you can try your courage by walking on the suspended wooden cable bridge (It can get shaky, so remember to cross the bridge one person at a time!). Expect to see monkeys, parrots, and a long list of cool jungle creatures on each excursion.
This is a family oriented activity so don't hesitate to bring the little ones along. Don't worry if they are scared, our professionally trained guides can harness them and bring them down in tandem without a problem. This is the perfect option for those adventure lovers and extreme sports travelers out there!
The host of this magical happening is the beautiful town of Cañas, just 15 minutes away from Playa Venao, where you can have the special opportunity to witness this very unique event. Specifically, Isla Cañas, a 13km-long beach that is untouched by humans and as a result as many as 80 sea turtles come to lay their eggs each night from July to November. In this protected area that has attracted specialized centers and workers devoted to preserving the environmental well being of turtles, you will be able to see the nesting and hatching of five out of the seven worldwide species of sea turtles that come to Panama to lay their eggs each year, four of which are critically endangered. During this remote night tour, you will witness turtles laying their eggs in a very remote setting while learning about local conservational efforts to save these delicate species.
Due to the protective condition surrounding the island, it is necessary to go through this journey with a knowledgeable tour guide. One who is dedicated to inform and educate visitors with fundamental and fun facts about this wonderful natural process. For example, did you know that turtles can lay between 85 and 95 eggs in just one night? Whether you choose a full moon or a star struck night make sure you dont miss the carriage ride back to town under the vast sky. We promise you will remember this night forever.
The Azuero Peninsula is the biggest in size in the Republic of Panama and the most meridional in Central America. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and west and by the Gulf of Panama to the east. Surfing The Los Santos Province you will discover some hidden gems of beaches besides Playa Venao, if you continue further along you will find some adrenaline in Playa Guanico with the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the hills with the rupture of the beach and Playa Cambutal where you will discover a scenery where the majestic mountains come alive with spectacular black sand beaches.
Whether you are looking to combine surfing with an active nightlife or are looking to rest in a place away from the crowds, you will not be disappointed in the waves. In this beautiful province you will wake up with the sun touching your window and enjoy its oscillating waves with your surfboard.
REAL ESTATE TOUR
Are you looking to rent short or medium term in or near Venao or better yet, are you looking for land in one of the most amazing places on earth? Let us introduce you to all the options you have around this energetic vortex we call Venaolife.
There are options for all budgets and needs. If your heart is searching to hear the sound of the ocean all day and night, there are beautiful beachfront properties to meet these desires; and if what you seek is some solitude surrounded by green, lush, jungle vibes and want the howler monkeys to wake you up in the mornings, we can show you breathtaking views from up above that will make the home of your dreams come alive.
Are you ready to try the newest, most advanced way to ride longer, farther and faster than ever before? E-bike travel is a unique, memorable, and once-in-a-lifetime experience, for riders of all levels. With e-bikes, we haven’t just changed your vacation. We’ve changed how riders of different abilities can discover hard to reach places, mountain hill tops, rivers and much more. lose yourself in this self guided experience that will take you wherever you want in half the time so you can continue discovering everything Venao has to offer from a different standpoint.
Our life is a journey. To balance your heart, mind and spirit in order to live your life fully, allow yourself to connect to yourself through magical, heart opening, spiritual journeys like full moon ceremonies, new moon intention setting rituals, healing experiences and much more, all this in natural settings and beautiful temples in and around Venao. If you seek, you will find.
Riding a horse along a pristine beach, waves lapping at its feet, wind blowing through your hair, beautiful views in every direction?
It’s a scene from the movies – or your dreams. You will want more after living a ride inside the rainforest, galloping on the beach and watching the breathtaking views of the Venao landscape.
Horses are tamed for all levels and personalities and the good news for riders is that beach horseback riding requires such well-trained horses that it is open to beginner riders and children.
Don´t think about it twice. There is something exhilarating and new about this experience that definitely presents a different way of getting to know Venao.
Cambutal is a quiet haven for seasoned surfers, yoga buffs, and serious fishermen. The single road running through the tiny community is lined with several small hotels, hostels, and tiny restaurants, a beautiful yoga retreat, a popular fishing resort, a smattering of homes, and an abundance of good energy. One of the major highlights, and the primary draw to Cambutal, is the popular 411 surf spot. Cambutal is deceiving—when you come to the end of town, you might think you’ve hit the end of the road.
Not true—IF you have a 4-wheel drive! The road goes on for quite a ways, winding between a stunning coastline and lush farmland. Drive it…you won’t be sorry! There are lots of spots to pull over and soak up. This is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. Word of firsthand advice—if you’re eating fish, stick with the fresh catch of the day! Cambutal is a 40 min drive from Venao, so you could also consider spending one night away from the hustle and bustle of Venao.
Explore the best of Venao while you have amazing photos to remember your day on this Venaolife Photoshoot Tour. You’ll be able to put your phones away and enjoy the sites that you choose, safe in the knowledge that your memories are being captured by a professional photographer that knows Venao through unique eyes that will capture the essence of what you bring and what Venao has to offer.
This flexible tour allows you to choose the places in Venao that you’d like to visit and even the duration of the tour. After the tour, you’ll be emailed your photos, and you'll also be able to choose your favorites to be retouched. You will be able to relive these magical moments for years on end with the promise of memories that will stay with you forever.
Take advantage of your own personal photographer who will capture all your best memories for a couple of hours as you explore Playa Venao and its natural surroundings for unforgettable settings.
Since May 2015, Eco Venao, a Reforestation Eco Lodge that has reforested over 30 hectares of land and we have planted over 50,000 trees in the last 15 years has embarked on an ambitious Permaculture project with the aim of inspiring a mutually supportive relationship with the Earth.
Permaculture is an environmental design science that creates sustainable architecture, regenerative habitats and agricultural systems based on natural ecosystems.
Currently, the project consists of fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, a robust composting system (we collect the organic waste that discards the restaurant, the cafe, the kitchen of the hostel and the houses for composting, producing very fertile land for planting) , gray water recycling system, an African bee farm, a free chicken farm that give us daily eggs (used by the restaurant, coffee and also for sale), composting toilets with wood chips wood.
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