Outdoor Adventure & Recreation
All Part of Serenity Vista’s Comprehensive Holistic Therapy
Drug rehabilitation is an opportunity for new adventures and ways of seeing the world. Leave the snow and cold behind, come and heal in Panama! Throughout your recovery program a variety of holistic therapies are included. Each week, as part of Serenity Vista’s comprehensive holistic approach to addiction recovery & spiritual exploration, a full day is devoted to eco-friendly, outdoor recreation and adventure that will facilitate your connection with nature and invigorate your body, mind and spirit. Activities are varied with a healthy balance of challenge, stimulation and ability.
Zip-Lining – A Thrilling World-Class Ride
Glide through the canopy of cloud forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible natural landscapes bordering the National Park La Amistad and the famous Volcan Baru.
4.5 km or 2.8 mi in total length, divided into 12 different zip line cables, glide through the trees and encounter a fascinating perspective of life you could never have imagined. At any time you may experience the gentle mist we call bajareque.
The wildlife within the treetops is immense and varied. You will observe the diversity of native species including small animals and birds. With a bit of luck you may even get the chance to see monkeys and the famed quetzal. In addition, you can marvel at the great variety of orchids and wildflowers that you will find throughout the area.
Hanging Bridges Tour – Elevated Walk Through the Cloud Forest
The Hanging Bridges Tour is your unique opportunity to enjoy an elevated perspective of the biodiversity of Panama’s tropical cloud forest. It is a circuit of 6 suspension bridges covering a 4.5 km route through the treetops.
Tropical Pacific Island Outing
A full day trip out to one of the Pacific’s Chiriqui Gulf tropical islands is one of our favorites. Isla Gamez is our usual destination with gorgeous white sandy beach, palm trees, and crystal clear, warm tropical water for swimming and snorkling. A highlight is a feast of fresh tropical fruits and freshly caught red snapper cooked over a beach camp fire. A full day of fun, sun and water, experiening the joy of the tremendous abundance of life in sobriety.
Rock Climbing is a recreational highlight for some guests during their rehab program. Your guide will give you instruction and coaching, gentle and kind, always guiding and inspiring you to do your best and edge outside of your comfort zone – but in a safety harness. Guests that have never climbed, and those that have all find rock climbing to be a safe and thrilling experience.
Coffee Farm Tour
Learn the fascinating steps of the coffee journey, from farm (finca) to cup. Panama has bragging rights to one of the most famous and expensive coffees in the world – and it is grown right up the road from Serenity Vista at Finca Esmerelda. Geisha Coffee is like no other coffee you’ve tasted! But then all the coffee grown in Boquete is extraordinary and you will learn first-hand what is so special about it. You will be surprised at the number of painstaking steps between the hand-picked coffee cherry and the cup of steaming deliciousness. Cafe Ruiz is considered the Granddaddy of the coffee tours, and it’s our favorite.
Boquete has some of the finest hiking trails anywhere. You will walk through breath-taking jungle, cloud-forest and river trails. Thick and lush rainforest dazzling with tropical birds, panoramic lookout points and crystalline streams rushing across velvety moss covered rocks. Orchids, bright and varied blooms, fruits and vines, and the butterflies! They are flying jewels challenged in beauty only by the dozens of different hummingbirds. We have some favorite hiking trails that showcase waterfalls. The intrepid can even go for a dip!
White Water Rafting
Spectacular river passages through mysterious jungle gorges, swirling eddies and drops, hidden waterfalls, wild waves and some crazy rapids. When the season is right for rafting you will love this recreation excursion.
You will love to be back on a horse, or perhaps it will be your first ride ever. Either way this is a recreation activity that always delights. Riding in the Caldera Valley provides breathtaking vistas of verdant green. Slow ride through the rivers and trees and maybe take that thrilling gallop on the gentle rise through the meadow.
Cesar Caballero is our talented and charismatic bird/coffee specialist at Finca Lerida, a stunning resort/working coffee plantation. Spend the morning identifying the dozens of hummingbird species, spotting the resplendent quetzal and soaking up the astounding landscape of flowers and coffee. There are over 300 species of birds on site. You may spot a monkey or sloth if you are lucky. After the tour – the coffee!
Bee/Honey Tour and Butterfly House
Boquete Bees has a sweet tour that will leave a great taste in your mouth. Explore the gardens and farms and learn about bees and honey production. You will leave with a new and different perspective on nature and the importance of bees in our lives. The fascinating butterfly house has over 35 native species where you can observe the metamorphism and emergence from colorful chrysalises. Always a favorite – honey tasting!