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Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection.”- Freeman Tilden

Welcome to Isthmian Adventures, a family own travel company that offers private, custom, and sustainable tours throughout the Isthmus of Panamá.  When Mica and I opened our own travel company we decided that these words of Freeman Tilden would form the foundation pillars of Isthmian Adventures. We believe that responsible, sustainable, ecotourism should protect the environment and local cultures while providing visitors with unique opportunities to learn about the community they visit, leaving behind as little of a carbon footprint as we can manage. 

about us chris mica
        Christian Gernez & Micaela Schmidt
        Co-Founders Isthmian Adventures

With our tours we only employ local Certified Interpretive & Naturalist Guides (CING). Our guides have many years of experience, are fluent in English, speaking, reading, and writing. They have also completed a rigorous training program that includes not only knowledge (nature, history culture, politics, etc.), but also interpretation, meaning the ability to convey knowledge in a matter that is engaging and fitting for the audience. They must all complete a leadership course and annually renew their Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR certifications. Our transportation providers are all family owned businesses, licensed and insured to be providing tourism services (SET). 

Our Principles:

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation. 
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to Panama's political, environmental, and social climate.