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 everyone 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.
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.
Keep following the trail to the top to find a panoramic view of Venao. 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 Paddle 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, and fantastic coral reefs. Home to several species of birds, which makes it ideal for bird watching and you can find the largest frigate nesting sites. It is also home to a wide variety of other animals, like iguanas basking in the sun and marine fauna.
You leave from Playa El Arenal in an open fiberglass boat known as a “panga” and once there, sea lovers can enjoy snorkeling and diving as well as seeing some fantastic marine life. Hiking trails are also a delight to explore on the island. Come and meet this gem in the Panamanian pacific ocean!
Looking for the best whale watching tours in Panama? 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 4 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. And 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 to 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!
TURTLE NESTING & HATCHING
The Azuero Peninsula is one of the best places to see turtles in Panama. Watching a turtle lay her eggs at night or helping a baby turtle reach the shore are magical moments to experience. With Save The Turtles Foundation you can volunteer for Night Patrols or visit the nursery during a turtle release. Unassisted survival rate is 0.1% due to multiple threats like poachers and dogs and this non-profit is doing invaluable work at keeping the survival rate at 90% by doing beach patrols, guided releases, nest relocation, eco-tourism, educational outreach, scientific research and nursery management. If you feel inclined to do so, please support this cause. The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle found here is famous because they do synchronized mass nesting, known an arribadas in only 11 beaches in the world and we have 2 of them in Azuero. Did you know that turtles lay between 85-95 eggs in one night and have an internal compass to guide them to the exact same beach they were born?
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 that this beautiful province has to offer. You will wake up or end your day with the sun touching your face and enjoy the oscillating waves with your surfboard for hours on end. Feel the never ending magic of the ocean at your fingertips.
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 and others through magical, heart opening, spiritual journeys like full moon ceremonies, new moon intention setting rituals, healing experiences and much more. Take all this in surrounded by natural settings, dome sanctuaries 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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