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7 Days ISTMO Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Holiday in San Carlos, Panama

Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat, Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama

Yoga Holidays Panama

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer included

On this exciting retreat, you’ll have a yoga session every day which will help to calm and focus your mind and strengthen and tone your muscles, leaving you feeling peaceful and strong.You’ll also get to explore the wild parts of Panama which lie off the beaten track.The expert instructors will adapt all of the sessions and lessons to suit your ability and experience and you will be provided with daily breakfast and dinner to fuel your action-packed days!

Meet the instructors

Ayesha & Sean
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  • 1 surf lesson
  • Daily yoga classes and SUP introduction course for beginners
  • Visit an indigenous Embera village and meet the local medicine man
  • SUP excursion to a beautiful mountain lagoon and an exotic mangrove forest
  • Hike through a cloud forest and visit a colorful and vibrant local market
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Nestled among the trees, each of the seven bungalows at Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat blend seamlessly into the natural backdrop of the jungle that surrounds the property. Each bungalow features balconies with seating and hammocks, pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complementary drinking water, luxurious linens, and private bathrooms with hot water showers.

The property has free Wi-Fi in a central gazebo with hammocks, a living room with air-conditioning, a walking meditation labyrinth, a roofed 80 square meters yoga studio, and an outdoor restaurant. You will be just a five-minute walk from the beautiful Playa Grande beach, and have the sounds of the forest lull you to sleep.


Who is this adventure retreat for?

This retreat is designed for yoga practitioners and stand-up-paddleboarders who are at a beginner to intermediate level and it includes some intermediate level hikes in the cloud forest. The paddling is all done on flat water, in picturesque locations and usually has a duration of one to one and a half hours. For this retreat, you will not paddle in the open ocean or in areas where there are waves.

This holiday is recommended for individuals that are fit and enjoy outdoor activities. It is hot in Panama so plan on sweating. The main hike you do is mostly shaded and uphill and crisscrosses a stream with several waterfalls. As it rains often in Panama, some parts of the trail can be a bit slippery. The peak can be reached in roughly an hour at a moderate pace. You will return on the same path you took up.

If you are a super athlete or advanced paddleboarder, there will be opportunities to continue on your own or at your own pace, but know that you will be part of a group that is mainly beginner to intermediate paddlers and hikers.

Yoga classes

You will enjoy a daily yoga session which will help to calm and focus your mind, strengthen and tone your muscles, leaving you feeling peaceful and strong. The expert instructors will adapt all of the sessions and lessons to suit your ability and experience and you will be provided with daily breakfast and dinner to fuel your action-packed days.

The Hatha yoga classes are taught at a beginner to intermediate level. They are designed to help you reconnect with your breath and stay present amidst the activities and new experiences of your vacation. The hour-long daily classes include warm-up exercises, sun salutations, an asana practice, and deep relaxation. Prepare to gently explore both your inner and outer bodies in a safe environment.

A hassle-free and safe environment are provided in order for you to explore the diversity of Panama, the beaches, mountains, mangroves, cloud-forest, rivers, indigenous villages, small towns, and the big city. This is an active, but relaxed vacation, that is perfect for adventure seekers of all ages and backgrounds.

On this exciting retreat, you will get to explore some off the beaten track hidden gems of Panama. Glide around a tropical mountain lagoon on your stand up paddleboard, paddle through an exotic mangrove forest, hike through cloud forest on the slopes of an extinct volcano, visit a colorful and vibrant local market, take a tour to an indigenous Embera village full of grass huts and learn about their traditions and culture.

Round it off by spending time on the secluded and pristine local beach, Playa Grande, which is just a five-minute walk away from your captivating retreat center, nestled in the rainforest.

The owners of ISTMO Yoga and Adventure Retreat will accompany you on this getaway, making sure you feel at home and are comfortable through your time here. You will leave feeling inspired, reconnected with nature, and reconnect with yourself and your potential.

There is some travel time for different excursions that are included in this amazing retreat-adventure. The travel times range from 30 minutes to one hour and 45 minutes. During this time, you will connect with fellow retreat participants and enjoy the views and diversity of the country.

Daily schedule

Sunday - Day 1

  • Transportation for the Airport / Panama City to Istmo (leaving PTY airport at 2 p.m.)
  • Grounding yoga class
  • Dinner

Monday - Day 2

  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Introductory SUP class at a Mountain Lagoon
  • Dinner

Tuesday - Day 3

  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Mangrove SUP tour

Wednesday - Day 4

  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Surf lesson
  • Dinner

Thursday - Day 5

  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking trip to the Cloud Forest
  • Visit to a local market
  • Dinner

Friday - Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • SUP tour to an indigenous Embera Village
  • Lunch at Embera Village
  • Restorative yoga
  • Dinner

Saturday - Day 7

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation from ISTMO to Airport / City (leaving ISTMO at 10 a.m.)

Included excursions

  • Visit an indigenous Embera village and meet the local medicine man
  • SUP excursion to a beautiful mountain lagoon and an exotic mangrove forest
  • Hike through a cloud forest and visit a colorful and vibrant local market


Ayesha Davis

Sean Davis


Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat is a boutique hotel and a retreat center. Located two hours away from Panama City, it is a slice of paradise situated in the jungle and a few steps away from a secluded beach, perfect for a healthy and quiet retreat. Its central location allows you to discover various tropical ecosystems without traveling too far. The retreat center has modern amenities and it is close to different hospitals, while you are still in a secluded retreat center surrounded by pristine nature.


  • Launching point for Embera Indigenous Village - 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Mangroves - 45 minutes
  • Mountain lagoon - 45 minutes
  • Panama City - 2 hours
  • Playa Grande - 5 minutes walk
  • Cloud Forest Hiking- 40 minutes


Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat package. Lunches out will be at your expense. Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat will select local restaurants that can cater to different dietary needs.

Istmo's menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and chef, Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. They offer a tropical fusion cuisine that blends influences from Latin America, Caribbean, India, Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Far East, South East Asia, Cajun, Southern US, and the Pacific Rim Islands.

Their meals are grown organically and supplemented by what they can purchase locally. They make every effort to maintain a light carbon footprint and support local farmers and fishermen. Most of the meals are vegetarian or fish and seafood-based meals, however, they can easily accommodate guests who are gluten-free, vegan or require substitutions because of food allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The retreat includes plenty of activities and its itinerary is full. If you plan on staying longer or arriving early for this retreat, you can spend your free time on the beautiful beach, lying on the black and white sand, swimming in the waves, taking long walks, or touring on a SUP board. You can also rest on the hammocks with a book, get a massage, sip on a smoothie, or soak in nature and warmth that surrounds you.

Spa treatments

Massages are available for 60 USD per hour.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes (except on Sunday)
  • A SUP introduction course on the mountain lagoon
  • Hiking trip in the cloud forest and a visit to a local market
  • SUP excursion to a mountain lagoon and mangrove site
  • Visit to an Embera indigenous village
  • Surf lesson
  • Daily gourmet dinner
  • Daily healthy breakfast
  • Airport pick-up on Sunday for flights arriving before 2:00 p.m. on Sunday
  • Airport transfer for flights leaving after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Transportation for all excursions
  • All SUP gear
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fresh drinking water throughout the day
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Daily lunch
  • Drinks
  • Extra activities
  • First-night dinner
  • Spa and massage treatments - 60 USD per hour
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer to Istmo Retreat on the first day, leaving the airport at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and transfer to the airport on the last day, leaving Istmo at 10 a.m., is included. Should you miss the organized pick-upthe organizer can arrange a pick-up for your, prices of this pick up range between 130 USD to 150 USD, depending on the time of day and time of year.

Arrival by taxi

You can also take a taxi from the airport to the Albrook Terminal for around 50 USD. From the Albrook Terminal, take a bus to Chame or Anton to Coronado for around 4 USD. Buses leave every 15 minutes. From Coronado, take a taxi to Istmo for around 10 USD.

Airport: Tocumen International Airport Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Sunday November 15, 2020
Departure: Saturday November 21, 2020

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