Top 10 Sea Kayaking Vacations in Latin America
Central America is a place where the sun is always shining and the water is almost always warm. South America is a place with the wildest, most diverse landscape on earth. Paddling in either of these places is legendary. At times you will be paddling through fjords and islets that no one has ever explored, while at other times you will paddle beside sprawling metropolises. Tours here are often combined with other
- San Blas Islands, Panama
The shallow, clear, coral filled Caribbean waters of the San Blas archipelago are always listed in every kayak magazine or National Geographic list of top adventures. Paddle to and from the 365 tiny islets while staying on deserted islands and with the Kuna Yala Indians.
- Chiloé, Chile
They consider fairy tales as facts on the misty, windswept islands of the Chiloé archipelago. Paddle Chiloé National Park on the eastern shore of the main island for Humboldt penguin and sea lion colonies or hop from island to island to spot the hundreds of UNESCO world heritage wooden churches. Combine it with a trip to nearby Parque Pumalin On the mainland and you’ll have one hell of an adventure.
- Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Two thousand miles of wild, rugged coastline only a short drive from the US makes the Gulf of California a top kayaking destination. Steer through coves, around boulders, into caves, to empty beaches, or watch whales on some of the many kayaking routes offered here.
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Explore the world’s favorite wildlife watching destination while paddling rather than a cruise. Paddle your way around islands to desolate coves and beaches filled with sea lions, fur seals, and nesting marine birds. A truly unique experience.
There’s no better way to get to a dive or snorkel site on the world’s second largest coral reef than by paddling. Pack your camping gear or your credit card to stay at posh beach resorts on the tiny white sand cays that you can paddle to and from.
- Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
Just a dozen miles from the mainland these pristine islets and a national park rival the Bay islands for top sea kayaking destination in Honduras. Bring your snorkel gear to check out the reef and your hiking shoes to walk the trails on Cochinos Grande.
- Bocas del Toro, Panama
Rasta attitudes fill the air of these lush, small Caribbean islands that hang off Panama’s coast near the Costa Rican border. Paddle through nature reserves and beside banana plantations while stay at over water bungalows or camping on unscathed beaches.
- Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
There something to be said for kayaking the world’s highest navigable lake. Visit the floating Uros Islands made of totora reeds, stay in Aymara speaking villages on ruin filled islands, watch for migrating avian life, and be awed by the spectacular scenery of the snow capped Andes and their reflection on the splendid blue lake.
- Chilean Fjords, Chile
One of the most pristine and unspoiled places left on earth, Chile’s fjords in the southern half of Patagonia are home to more glaciers than anywhere else in the world.
- Lago de Nicaragua, Nicaragua
Whether you begin in Grenada or Isla Ometepe prepare to be amazed. Active volcanoes desolate indigenous communities and a range of routes fro the beginner and advanced paddler.