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7 Days Tropical Adventure SUP and Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • Riande Granada Urban Hotel, Panama City - Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat, Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama


Panama Yoga Retreat

This retreat allows you to explore the diversity that Panama has to offer. Each day of the retreat is designed to explore a different aspect of the tropical diversity of Panama from the tropical secluded beaches, to the mountains, to the mangroves, to a rainforest lake, and to an indigenous village. You will leave feeling inspired, reconnected with nature, and reconnected to yourself and your potential.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • SUP introduction course
  • Transportation for all excursions
  • Swimming at the secluded beach
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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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.

This retreat will allow you to explore a tropical mountain lagoon, tour through the mangroves, explore a rainforest lake, and visit an indigenous Embera village, all on an SUP board. Apart from yoga relaxation, you will also experience a hiking trip through a cloud forest, visit a local market, and spend time on the secluded and pristine local beach.

Wind down and reconnect with yourself each evening with a gentle but invigorating yoga class, and nourish your body and soul with our delicious wholesome food cooked with local ingredients and lots of love. Spend your nights in a beautiful air conditioned stand-alone bungalow furnished by local artisans and equipped with luxury mattresses and linens.


  • Airport or city pick up at Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
  • Transfer to Riande Granada Urban Hotel
  • Spend the night at Riande Granada Urban Hotel


  • 7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 1:30 City tour including Panama Canal
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Lunch in the city (not included) and pack up
  • 2:30 - 4:30 Transfer to Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Settle in
  • 5:30 - 7:00 Evening yoga session
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Dinner and Introductions


  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 12:00 SUP yoga at San Carlos mountain lagoons and optional hike
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Drive and boxed lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Free time or optional activities
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Evening yoga session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner


  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 12:00 SUP yoga at mangrove site and paddle through the mangroves
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Drive and lunch in Coronado or Chame (not included)
  • 14:00 - 17:30 Free time or optional activities
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Evening yoga session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner


  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 12:00 Cloud forest hike (El Gaital, El Valle) and visit to the El Valle market
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch at El Valle market (not included)
  • 14:00 - 17:30 Free time or optional activities
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Evening yoga session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner


  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 15:00 SUP to the Embera indigenous village and lunch at Embera village (inclusive)
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Drive back and stop for a snack (not included)
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Evening Restorative yoga session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner


  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Packing
  • 10:30 - Depart for airport or city

Ethno cultura tourism

This retreat includes a visit to an Embera indigenous village. You will have the choice to take a traditional cayuco to the village, or SUP there yourself.


This retreat includes a hiking trip through a cloud forest.

Stand up paddle board (SUP)

This retreat includes an SUP introduction course on the mountain lagoon, an excursion to a mangrove site, and a rainforest lake.

  • Ayesha Davis

    Ayesha was born in Bombay, India, and moved to the United States at the age of 13. Her love for travel and adventure led her to Panama. Yoga has been part of her life for over 25 years. She received her yoga teacher training in 2010, in traditional Hatha yoga at the Parmath Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India and has been teaching since. Her yoga classes are gentle, but invigorating and are designed specifically for beginner and intermediate students. Through breath, movement, and alignment, she works with the students to bring consciousness into their bodies, mind, and spirit.

  • Sean Davis

    Sean was born and raised in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast. He spent his life he has living close to the ocean and feels a special connection with it. He has traveled extensively around the world and has lived in Chile, Colombia, and Panama. For the past seven years, he has been a SUP practitioner and instructor, leading tours around the waterways of Panama. He attended cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Additionally, he is also a former beach lifeguard and an emergency medical technician.

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.

Nearby places

  • Panama City - 2 hours
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Zip lining
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Labyrinth
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Special menu request
  • Wireless internet

The price of this retreat includes daily breakfast and dinner. 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 fisherman. 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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Seafood
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Besides the full itinerary of this vacation, 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 the nature and warmth that surrounds you.

Community service activities

There are so many ways to give back. Speak to the organizers about incorporating a community service activity into your retreat.

Cooking classes

On special request from former guests, chef and owner, Sean Davis, can guide your group through some of the most requested Istmo recipes.

Drum circles

Drum circles are available on special request for your group.

Other activities

  • Bird watching tours
  • Butterfly farm visit
  • Hand percussion classes
  • Indigenous village visit
  • Marine turtle nesting or hatching observation
  • Massage
  • Mountain hikes
  • Panama Canal visit
  • River rafting
  • Salsa dance classes
  • Spanish lessons
  • Surfing
  • Take a taxi service to Panama City
  • Waterfall zip line
  • Whale watching

You can book a massage on site, with a reservation, for an extra cost.

  • 1 night accommodation at Riande Granada Urban Hotel
  • 5 nights accommodation at Istmo's luxurious cabin
  • A SUP introduction course on the mountain lagoon
  • Airport pick-up on Sunday
  • Airport transfer for flights leaving after 13:00 on Saturday
  • All SUP gear
  • Daily gourmet dinner (except on Sunday)
  • Daily healthy breakfast
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Daily yoga classes (except on Sunday)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fresh drinking water throughout the day
  • Hiking trip in the cloud forest and a visit to a local market
  • Panama City tour including Panama Canal
  • SUP excursion to a mountain lagoon and mangrove site
  • Taxes
  • Transfer to Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat
  • Transportation for all excursions
  • Visit to an Embera indigenous village
  • Airfare
  • Daily lunch
  • Drinks
  • Extra activities
  • Spa and massage treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to this airport is also available upon request, should you miss the organized pick-up. Prices range from 100 USD to 140 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.

  • Review by Paula B. from Valencia, Spain

    "Istmo is an amazing place full of good vibes, beautiful, clean, and surrounded by nature. Yoga classes are great and also an ideal place for practice. It has a beautiful garden too. Food, is delicious and the owners are nice."

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  • Review by Diane Rouxel from Paris, France

    "Beautiful place and nice people. I really liked the decoration of the room. The beach is really enjoyable! Food is good and dogs are friendly. Definitely going back for yoga, stand up paddle, and beach."

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  • Review by a traveler from Panama City, Panama

    "I led a weekend Qigong Retreat at Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat Center in San Carlos, Panama. The experience with the owners, Ayesha and Sean, was extremely positive from beginning to end. Although I dealt with Ayesha mainly through Skype and e-mail, I was immediately impressed by her warmth and willingness to troubleshoot any problems that arose. Her help started with setting up a Facebook page to advertise the retreat, continued with suggestions on prices, and advertising. Over the weeks leading up to the retreat, Ayesha continued to gently offer suggestions in a timely manner. "


    "Being only an hour and 30 minutes from Panama City, Istmo is conveniently located both for people living in Panama and those flying in from abroad, making it an ideal location for retreats. The center has modern cabins which can accommodate about 20 participants as well as the retreat leader. "


    "The area for classes is a screened-in room surrounded by greenery and well supplied with yoga mats, chairs, blocks, and four ceiling fans. "


    "I asked for vegetarian meals for the participants, but the option of fish and seafood is also available. The meals are cooked by Sean and are served buffet style at a long wooden table where the participants and group leader can get to know each other and share experiences. I was impressed by the fact that Sean so easily adapted to the gluten and sugar free requirements of a couple of the participants. What's more, the most frequently repeated word during the meals was “delicious”. "


    "For a small, reasonably priced retreat center at a tropical beach, I can't recommend Istmo enough. Sean and Ayesha offer a professional experience with a personal touch."


    "Room Tip: All cabins have a great view and a hammock on the porch."

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  • Review by Mohsin A. from Chattanooga, US

    "We had a wonderful stay with Sean and Ayesha, the owners and hosts of this charming lodge. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, with gorgeous trees and plants on the property. A lovely beach is five minutes walk, and access to the Pan-Am is easy - a really convenient location for Pacific beach access, or to head to El Valle, or the interior of Panama. Service was courteous and very helpful. They provided excellent suggestions about our Panama vacation, and arranged surfing lessons, as well as our next hotel reservation. Food was delicious, locally sourced, and healthy. Dinner every evening was a special treat, great food, tasteful ambience, and wonderful conversations! I already look forward to staying here on my next Panama trip."

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  • Review by Skye W. from Playa Coronado, Panama

    "It's a peaceful setting tucked away in the jungle yet a few minutes walk away to one of the most beautiful beaches. The food was delicious and the atmosphere very calm. Added bonus was the yoga studio! Surrounded by the jungle and hard wood floors. I loved it!"

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San Carlos, Panama

Istmo Adventure and Yoga Retreat is a dream come true for Sean and Ayesha. With their combined varied backgrounds, they aim to create unique and memorable vacations for each of their guests.

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