Cerro Brewster

6 days

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$1,690+

Based on group size

Join this expedition that takes you to the most western edge of the Mamoní Valley Preserve, or as we call it, the wild, wild west. 

Here, at the headwaters of the Mamoní river, the Preserve, along with its Guna and Embera neighbours, protect the highest point of the region—Cerro Brewster. The peak stands at over 900m with mythical-like biodiversity in its elfin forest

Being one of the most unexplored regions of the Valley, the region guards pristine forests. With elevation, these untouched areas turn into elfin cloud forests, loaded with rare orchids and hundreds of epiphytes, alongside many yet-to-be-discovered species.

Contact us to get a more detailed itinerary & options, and description of locations!

Expedition overview:

1
Day
TransportTransport to Centro Mamoní
Gear check
Sleep in cabana bed
2,5 hours80 km
2
Day
Transport 4×4 Transport to expedition starting point
Includes several river crossings
2 hours24 km
TrekkingTrekking from degraded into primary rainforest
Sleep in the rainforest camp: expedition hammocks
5,5 hou4 km
2
Day
TrekkingTrekking in elfin rainforest
Sleep at Cerro Brewster: expedition hammocks
5,5 hours4 km
3
Day
TrekkingTrekking in rainforest
Sleep next to waterfall: expedition hammocks
7 hours8,7 km
4
Day
Transport4×4 Ride back to Centro Mamoní
Sleep in cabana bed
2,5 hours24 km
5
Day
Return Trip4×4 Ride back to Panama City
1 hour5 km
Total
motorized
3 hours80 km
Total
human powered
16 hours16,7 km

Expedition Details

  • Fitness Level: Healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness
  • Season availability: All year
  • Total duration: Min 3 days, max 5 days
  • Physical activity duration: 6 hrs /day
  • Distance: 16.7 km / 10.4 miles
  • Common hazards: Snakes, spiky palms, extreme slopes, slippery rocks, streams
  • Modes of transportation: Trekking, 4×4
  • Natural environment: Primary cloud forest, young and old secondary forest, pioneer succession, pasture, agriculture, river, environment at risk, icon species
  • Learning content (optional/typical): Conservation, Indigenous territories, cloud forest, elfin forest, rare species, continental divide
  • Lodging: Hammock, lodge

What others say about it

The Cerro Brewster Expedition in 2019 was absolutely amazing! Being able to explore the parts unknown of MVP, was like being on some magical planet. The diversity of flora and fauna was incredible, and I look forward to getting back for another expedition!.

Tyler Kanczuzewski

FAQ

The Trek

This lollipop loop trail starts at a neighbour’s cattle pasture, which is a 2-hour 4×4 drive to the west from our Science and Leadership Center, Centro Mamoní and fording the Mamoní river many times. 

The pasture trail follows the ridge up towards the continental divide as the landscape transitions into newly regenerated forest. Much of the expedition follows a main ridge that eventually leads you to the continental divide.

As you follow the easter ridge of the loop, you’ll enter properties within the Mamoní Valley Preserve, which offer old growth secondary and primary forest. The most unique elfin cloud forest regions in the Mamoní Valley live along this trail, which eventually leads to the ridge top that has panoramic views of the Mamoní Valley and it’s Guna Neighbours to the north. 

After spending two cool nights near 1,000m/3,333ft elevation on the continental ridge and exploring the elfin forest in search of its mythical like biodiversity, you will loop back down a westerly ridge that takes you back down into the cattle pastures where our 4×4 awaits.

Why This Experience is for You

This is our only expedition offering that takes trekkers into the elfin cloud forests of the Mamoní Valley. It is perfect for those seeking some of the more rare and unique species like orchids and amphibians that can be found in the tropical rainforest. It is common to see signs of recent Jaguar movements along these trails.

The Itinerary Outline

Day 1: 4x4x Transport to Centro Mamoní Lodge. Gear check

Day 2: 4×4 Transport to expedition starting point. Trekking the ecoregion and overnighting in expedition hammocks

Day 3: Trekking the ecoregion and reaching the Cerro Brewster highpoint at over 900m/3,000ft. Overnighting in expedition hammocks

Day 4: Trekking down back to the starting point to take 4×4 back to Centro Mamoní lodge

Day 5: 4×4 ride back to Panama City

Fitness Requirements

This expedition is for anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Participants should be willing to be part of a team working together to enjoy a safe, fun, and meaningful experience. The biggest challenges on these expeditions will be trekking on steep jungle terrain and biking sections on steep roads in humid environments, along with river rafting portions (class 2-3 rapids based on the international scale American Whitewater Association) that can be done by inexperienced paddlers who have the ability quickly adapt to the basic skills needed.

Arriving unprepared and/or without meeting the minimum fitness requirements can jeopardise your health and the overall expedition experience, so take training seriously. 

Get in touch with any fitness, health, training or packing questions that you might have. Our certified wilderness guides prefer to have video conversation with participants in advance to ensure that fitness expectations and packing needs are met.

Additionally, you should expect the following:

  • Carry up to 15kg/33lbs per person in your expedition pack.
  • Trekking as much as 6-8 hours on some days and covering up to 10km or more per day.
  • Anticipate wet, dense tropical rainforest with steep terrain on rustic paths and frequent river or stream crossings. 
  • Climate is hot and humid and below 1,000m/3,333ft elevation.
  • Being comfortable around water is essential for this expedition.
  • Age minimum is 16+
Geoversity Guarantees
  • In-country transport as outlined in the itinerary
  • Horses during the first and last day of the trek to help carrying gear 
  • Certified wilderness guides and wilderness first aid trained with medical kit and sat phone
  • Specialist guides and instructors for on route interpretation
  • Three meals per day, snacks, water, tea, coffee, and natural drinks
  • Accommodation throughout; beds, expedition hammocks
  • Expedition hammock with mosquito netting and rain cover
  • Cooking gear, eating utensils, mug, cup, and ingredients for cooking
  • Special permits and permissions
Optional Add Ons
  • Return travel to City from the Mamoní Valley Preserve by chartered helicopter, including mandatory carbon offset agreement for the benefit of the Mamoní Valley Preserve.
  • Extra days and nights at Centro Mamoní in the Mamoní Valley Preserve
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bag porter
Not Included
  • International air transportation to and from Panama City (for USD 150, Geoversity offers a 5-year carbon offset opportunity in the Mamoní Valley Preserve) 
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Alcoholic beverages not provided by hosts with meals
  • Additional hotel days/nights in Panama, Centro Mamoní or in the jungle
  • Personal equipment according to personal needs and preferences (list of mandatory items and recommendations will be provided upon registration)
  • Tips to local support guides; discretionary but anticipated by the local guides. Your trip leader can help advise on how much

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