Hikes through the tropical forest

Discover the rainforest in a wide variety of habitats around Portobelo and witness the incredible biodiversity that makes this such a unique location!
While hiking in the areas around the village allows you the chance to see monkeys, sloths, and toucans, exploring a bit farther into the mountains will allow you the chance to encounter more exotic species like the beautiful poison-dart frogs and excellent places for birdwatching.

Top of the Bay Hike

Dive right into the rainforest of the Portobelo National Park.
This protected area extends over 34.846 hectares. Monkeys, reptiles, turtles, crab-eating raccoons, and many other species call this ecosystem home.

Difficulty: Intermediate

New Portobelo Jungle Trail

In 1904, during the construction of the Panama Canal, a temporary settlement known as New Portobelo was built where El Otro Lado now resides. The settlement was evacuated in 1914, and during these 80 years, nature retook its territory, leaving no trace of this settlement with the exception of our private historical Dam. Take a walk deep in the jungle surrounding this magnificent lake.

Difficulty: Beginner

Power Hike Up the Forts

El Otro Lado is the perfect place to recharge and refresh our senses. Join us in a power hike up to our neighboring forts: San Fernando and San Fernandito. You will have a good workout while enjoying the best view of the whole bay.

Difficulty: Moderate/Intermediate

Packing tips: Since the major part of our activities are outside and take place in the tropics, we recommend light clothing, hat and comfortable shoes.
In your room: you will find sun protection and insect repellent which can be useful during your stay.
Our staff:Most of our collaborators are born and raised in Portobelo and are perfectly familiar with every corner of the estate and its surroundings; take advantage of their knowledge. Do not forget your camera….…observe and enjoy. Every place is unique.
Our boats are equipped with life jackets, as well as dry towels and, depending on the activity you have chosen, picnic service or refrigerator. We also provide snorkeling equipment.