The San San Pond Sack wetlands is located on the Caribbean coast of Panama, 3 miles north of Changuinola in the northwestern part of the Bocas del Toro province, bordering the Sixaoloa River. In total, the wetlands cover 39,845 acres.The area was declared a Wetlands of International Importance or Ramsar site in 1993. The wetlands are home to sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and caimans, but more importantly, San San is the natural habitat of the manatee, an aquatic, elephant-like mammal that weighs between 363 and 544 kilograms (800 and 1,200 lb.). Mangroves and orey forests form part of the different types of vegetative associations in the wetlands.
This tour departs Bocas at 9:00am and we take a water taxi to Almirante. From Almirante our Taxi driver picks us up for the 30 minute drive to Changuinola. In Changuinola we stop for lunch before heading out to San-San Wetlands.
Once arriving at the Rio San San we board a boat for a 20 minute ride through the wetlands to a viewing platform. It is from the safety of this platform that you get an up close and personal view of these beautiful animals. Bananas leafs and bananas are fed to the manatees and since they need to eat 90 pounds of food a day they are happy to accept handouts!
Manatees are true gently giants and if you have never seen them in the wild before it is a must. Sightings are not guaranteed. They are wild animals. But they are seen 90% of the time.
The beauty of this trip is unforgettable and you have the opportunity to see so many different types of animals. San-San Wetlands is a very special place in this world and you owe it to yourself to go for day and experience all it has to offer.