Experience the Diverse Isthmus of Panama!

Our location provides close access to Beaches, Jungles, Cloud Forests, Indigenous Tribes, Local Markets, Mangroves, Mountain Lakes, Tropical Waterfalls, Islands, even Panama City and the Panama Canal.

At Istmo you can do as little or as much as you desire.  Use the time between your retreat classes to explore Panama or spend your time lounging under a tree on the beach, the choice is yours.  Contact your Retreat Leader to see which excursions are included in your retreat and which one you may add on.  Some of the most popular excursions we offer are –

Waterfall Hike or Zipline combined with a visit to an Local Artisan Market

A short 45 minute drive and you will find yourself in the town of El Valle, located in the crater of an extinct volcano.  Here you can hike waterfalls, shop at a local artisan market or zipline through the trees.

For this excursion we leave Istmo at 10am and are back by 4pm.  This is one of our most popular excursions, and has something for everyone!

Indigenous Village Tour

Ride down a beautiful calm river in a dugout canoe for an ethnocultural tour of an Embera Village.  At the village take a walking tour with the medicine man, enjoy a dance presentation and a traditional lunch, and get a traditional temporary tattoo.

For this tour we leave Istmo at 8am and return by 5pm.  The tour includes a 1 hour 45 minute car drive each way.  This tour is not to be missed!
This tour is also offered as a standup paddleboard excursion.

Excursion to Panama City and the Panama Canal

Come all the way to Central America and not visit the Panama Canal.  Impossible!!!  The dichotomy of rural natural Panama and the thriving metropolis of Panama City, the gateway to the world, is fascinating.

Our location just 1 hour 30 minutes away from Panama City makes it possible for you to experience ALL of Panama while on a Retreat. For our Panama City tour, we leave ISTMO at 8:00am and are back by 4:30pm.  Join this excursion and tick “Visit the Panama Canal” off your bucket-list.

Besides the above excursions, we can also arrange a tour to a local vegetable and fish market coupled with a cooking demonstration back at ISTMO.  Want to explore more local beaches?  We are happy to set up excursions to different beaches in the area.  Want to catch your own fish?  We are can arrange fishing tours to a neighboring island.  Water sports your thing?  Make sure to check out the SUP and Surfing Activities we offer.

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What our Guests are Saying:

Second Yoga & Sea Kayaking Retreat..Very Happy!

I'm the organizer and co-leader of an annual Yoga & Sea Kayaking Retreat in Panama, and this January was our second annual trip and stay at Istmo....  We had some guests sign up for the surf lesson and loved it. They said the guide was excellent and a well-organized tour. The whole group also enjoyed the SUP day excursion to a beautiful lake with lessons from Sean for those who needed it. The most popular activity is definitely the massage, which everyone really enjoyed.

Ilene Price, Retreat Leader, Alaska - ileneinakayak.com

Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat
2019-10-14T18:57:08-05:00

Ilene Price, Retreat Leader, Alaska - ileneinakayak.com

I'm the organizer and co-leader of an annual Yoga & Sea Kayaking Retreat in Panama, and this January was our second annual trip and stay at Istmo....  We had some guests sign up for the surf lesson and loved it. They said the guide was excellent and a well-organized tour. The whole group also enjoyed the SUP day excursion to a beautiful lake with lessons from Sean for those who needed it. The most popular activity is definitely the massage, which everyone really enjoyed.

It was an amazing time!

This was a special location. The hosts were very friendly, gracious and accommodating. The rooms were clean and the food was delicious. The nearby black sand beach sparkled in both the sunlight and the moonlight. Exotic colorful birds with fun bird calls were around... one sat right outside the window while I had a decadent massage. The two outings we did were really fun: visiting an Embera village and going to El Valle for a nature walk and a quick peek in the market. It was an amazing time!

Trip Advisor Review, Retreat Participant, Canada

Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat
2019-10-14T18:59:57-05:00

Trip Advisor Review, Retreat Participant, Canada

This was a special location. The hosts were very friendly, gracious and accommodating. The rooms were clean and the food was delicious. The nearby black sand beach sparkled in both the sunlight and the moonlight. Exotic colorful birds with fun bird calls were around... one sat right outside the window while I had a decadent massage. The two outings we did were really fun: visiting an Embera village and going to El Valle for a nature walk and a quick peek in the market. It was an amazing time!

Awesome!!!!!

The excursions offered diverse experiences to see more of Panama. I highly recommend the El Valle hike and the Embera village.

Susan Kennedy, Retreat Participant

Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat
2019-10-14T18:51:40-05:00

Susan Kennedy, Retreat Participant

The excursions offered diverse experiences to see more of Panama. I highly recommend the El Valle hike and the Embera village.

We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with you!

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Thinking about planning your own retreat or friend/family Reunion?  Include some of the above Excursions in your retreat package to create a customized experience for you and your community.

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The best way to experience ISTMO is by booking a retreat with one of the amazing Retreat Leaders at ISTMO.  Many of the retreats include some of the above SUP and/surf activities, or have them available as add-ons.  Contact the retreat leader to get more details.

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The above excursions are NOT avaialbe for our Hotel Guests.  If you are looking to spend three or more nights at Istmo, we are happy to build a custom package for you!