Those who seek a bit of adventure shouldn't miss the excellent white-water rafting within a two-hour drive of Boquete. The Río Chiriquí and the Río Chiriquí Viejo both flow from the fertile hills of Volcán Barú, and are flanked by forest for much of their lengths. At some places, waterfalls can be seen at the edges of the rivers, and both pass through narrow canyons with awesome, sheer rock walls.

The Río Chiriquí is most often run from May to December, while the Chiriquí Viejo is run the rest of the year; the rides tend to last four and five hours, respectively. Depending on the skill level of your party, you can tackle thrilling class 3 and class 4 rapids or some seriously scary class 5 rapids.

The country's two best white-water rafting outfits are Chiriquí River Rafting (% 720 1505; www .panama-rafting.com; Av Central) and Panama Rafters (% 720 2712; www.panamarafters.com; Av Central), both of which are located in downtown Boquete. Both companies staff bilingual employees, so you can get all the information you need in either English or Spanish. All-day trips are offered for US$75 to US$100, depending on the run and the size of the party.

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