A Transcontinental Expedition for Business Leaders

A Life Changer Program by

Jaguar Country, Panama

Available dates

January 5-12, 2022

February 13-20, 2022


For US taxpayers up to $10,000 can be recorded as a tax deductible donation through Geoversity’s Foundation, a federally tax exempt public charity.

Ready to join seven other top business leaders on a life-changing expedition from Panama’s Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast of the Indigenous Guna people?

About the Program

Geoversity’s Life Changer Team has designed a one-of-a-kind learning adventure as a build up to the historic YPO-EO global event Scale Up Leadership: Learning from Nature taking place in Panama on February 22, 2022.

Apply to be one of only eight explorers on an expedition, combining sailing, mountain biking, hiking the Jaguar Trail, a river descent in packrafts, and snorkelling around an island in indigeneous territory reserved only for your group.

Enjoy the camaraderie of peers while immersing yourself in extraordinary biological and cultural diversity as you explore some of the most significant oceanic, coastal wetland, upland rainforest and river biomes on planet Earth.

Geoversity’s film makers will produce a short commemorative video of your expedition for family and friends -and as a resource for the producers of the YPO-EO event.

This was one of the best experiences of my entire life. The leadership was outstanding from start to finish, not only kept us safe, but kept us going and learning.

Dr. David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, TECH, Harvard University.
Dr. David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, TECH, Harvard University. Participant in Geoversity’s pioneering Transcontinental Expedition of 2019.
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Itinerary Overview

A once-in-a-lifetime experience only offered by Geoversity

Your Hero’s Journey

Begin by sailing from the entrance of the Pacific in the legendary Panama interoceanic canal to the starting point of the trip at the mouth of the Bayano River. The landing is done by navigating through one of the most important wetlands on the west coast of Latin America.

View from camp. Bayano Wetlands, Ramsar Site, Panama

For two days, you’re on a mountain bike tour over dirt roads and through hilly terrain until reaching a point near the Continental Divide in the 12,800-acre Mamoní Valley Preserve. You’ll overnight at Centro Mamoní, Geoversity’s science center located on the southern border of Gunayala, the autonomous territory of the indigenous Guna people.

Mamoní Valley Preserve, Panama

From Centro Mamoní embark on two more days of hiking, rafting and rowing through primary rainforest, along the jaguar trail and over the continental ridge and into Gunayala. You’ll descend the sacred Cangandi River to a traditional Guna village overlooking the river and the Guna Atlantic coast. From there you’ll walk and paddle through the Caribbean mangroves to complete the hero’s journey at the Atlantic coast of Gunayala with its fabled archipelago with islands densely populated and most just dazzling white coral sand and palms.

Portage Cangandí falls, Guna Yala, Panama

Finally, you will spend the night on the Guna island of Anmardup, a model the indigenous eco-hospitality managed by young Gunas associated with Geoversity’s School of Biocultural Leadership.

Archipelago of Guna Yala, Panama

This is an opportunity “to journey beyond the future we’re getting to create the future we want.” And it’s the right moment to experience Geoveristy’s innovative programs and resources for biocultural leadership.

Guna community, archipelago of Guna Yala, Panama

We are looking for how we can create an experience that would be such a life-changer that people would go home and say “Wow, I’ve had the coolest adventure! I’ve learned so much and let me share that with you”

David Meerman Scott, Marketing guru and author, latest WSJ bestseller: Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans. Geoversity board of directors.
David Meerman Scott, Marketing guru and author, latest WSJ bestseller: Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans. Geoversity board of directors.

transport, Lodging, Food

Geoversity’s team of experienced guides have everything organized from the moment you’re picked up at the airport until your flight is eight-days later. All in-country transport is provided: airport transfers, sailboat, bikes, rafts, launches, and charter flight.

All lodging and camping are included and in collaboration with our trusted, local partners.

Cabana at Centro Mamoní, Mamoní Valley Preserve, Panama
Expedition hammock, rainforest campsite

Our fresh, all-inclusive food service consists of traditional Panamanian meals along with exotic fusions that are prepared daily according to your specific dietary needs.

obster with patacones, Gunayala, Panama


Got questions about this journey? Special requirements? COVID-19 Protocols? Ready to sign up?

Don’t hesitate in contacting me directly mark@geoversity.org or +507.6209.6942

Mark Knetsch, Manager Geoversity Life Changer Programs