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Yoga and Horse Riding Holiday in Panama

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Experience a one-of-a-kind fusion of yoga and authentic horse riding in a stunning beachfront setting in Panama. Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Panama, where the warm Pacific Ocean meets the rolling hills of the mangroves. Immerse yourself in nature and tranquility at Playa Las Lajas, a hidden treasure known for its breathtaking landscapes and untouched beauty. Imagine yourself horseback riding along this pristine beach, with the estuary and stunning ocean views from the hilltops. The yoga classes, held in an open-air beachfront rancho, will further rejuvenate your senses, nourishing your body and mind. Come and experience the ultimate escape at Playa Las Lajas, where adventure, relaxation, and self-discovery await you.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 134 to145 centimeters / 13.1 to 14.3 hands
  • Tack type: Authentic Panamanian Western Style
  • Horse breed: All Creole and there is a crossing with Quarter of a mile and with Andaluz (Paso Fino).

Meet the instructors

Gama & Lisa
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Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes in an open-air beachfront rancho
  • 2 days of authentic Panamanian Western-style riding
  • No head-to-trail-ride, guided by an authentic Panamanian and passionate cowboy
  • Ride through empty beaches and hills, some gallops during the rides (level dependant)
  • Only small groups of a maximum of 4 people
  • 2-hour relaxing riding along the beach and estuary for all levels
  • 2-hour adventure ride in the hills behind the mangrove, with indigenous rock carvings
  • 2 nights of beachfront accommodation at the beautiful tropical beach of Playa Las Lajas

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish
Group size: 2-4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Las Lajas Beach Resort is a 14-room hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the only hotel directly situated on the beach with all the amenities mentioned above. The complex includes a lush garden, the heart of the facilities, where you can find the swimming pool, sun beds, beachfront palapas, and outdoor bar-restaurant. Take a few steps and you will sink your toes into the soft sand of Playa Las Lajas.

Their personalized rooms are spacious and can accommodate up to 5 people. All rooms border the rich, lush, and manicured lawn area which surrounds a free-form shaded pool, from where you will enjoy the views of the beach and the island-dotted ocean. Two suites are available on the first floor of the hotel.

Free wireless connection to the internet is available on the whole property for those who want to stay connected. The Bar-Restaurant offers local and international cuisine and as well as an interesting choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Massages, yoga classes, tours, body- and surfboards are available for guests upon request.

Beach rooms

Eleven of the 12 beach rooms offer accommodations that include two queen-sized beds, one single bed, air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, hot water shower, safety box, and a ceiling fan. The bathrooms are stocked with shampoo, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, and facial tissues. One beach room has a suitable handicap access bathroom and two queen-sized beds.

Beachfront suites

The Resort offers two upstairs beachfront suites, equipped with a king-size bed, air conditioning, dual hot water showers, ceiling fans, cable TV, safety box, with a small bar and refrigerator. The bathrooms are stocked with shampoo, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, and facial tissues.

Both come with spectacular views of the beach and the island-dotted ocean from your semi-private covered deck.

Pool

The large free-form swimming pool offers a shaded swim area with a view on the ocean. An outdoor shower allows you to wash off the beach before entering your room again.

Program

Welcome to Las Lajas Beach Resort's horse riding and yoga adventure! Get ready to experience the combination of connecting to yourself, nature, and the horses.

Horse Rides

You will have 2 different authentic rides in nature. These guided horseback riding tours will take you on a scenic journey along the kilometers-long sandy beach, through the hills and mangroves with ancient lava formations carved with petroglyphs. You'll also explore flower-filled valleys teeming with hundreds of butterflies, lush grasslands with cattle and horses, vibrant-colored birds, wild fruit trees, and aromatic plants.

Relaxed Beach Riding

No matter your level of experience, Playa Las Lajas offers a perfect beach for horseback riding. Follow the long palm-lined coast and explore the estuary's interesting nature, while learning about the unique flora and fauna of the area.

Adventurous Trail Riding

We will ride unique, private trails in the hills above the beach and mangroves. Enjoy the beauty of nature at this private ranch at Playa Las Lajas. This ride takes you through open plains, wooded enclosures, and rippling streams. Along the way, you'll discover rocks with native petroglyphs and be treated to stunning views of the ocean and Vulcan Baru. Descend to an intriguing rock formation on the border of the mysterious mangroves, and leave your stresses behind as you relax during this challenging trail through the stunning countryside. Your guide will teach you the tricks of the cowboys, helping you connect and become one with your horse.

Rider Level

We will have to know your riding experience in advance in order to avoid putting beginners with more experienced riders. For riders experiencing their first time on a horse, the group’s size will have a maximum of 2 riders and the tours will be adapted.

Children

There are no saddles for children under 12, but the guide can take a horse with a child pulled by the rein.

Yoga Classes

The yoga sessions take place in a rancho situated by the beach, allowing you to enjoy the calming tropical breezes and the soothing sounds of the ocean and birdsong as a natural background. These classes are suitable for individuals of all skill levels and are specifically designed to rejuvenate both your mind and body.

As you participate, you will inhale the refreshing sea breeze, simultaneously releasing any tension and invigorating your body. Each session will incorporate breathwork and will be accompanied by a motivating affirmation, enabling you to carry the positive vibes beyond the yoga mat.

Sunrise meditation

It is highly recommended that you start your day by joining a sunrise meditation at the beach, where you can fully embrace the calming sounds of the ocean and the peaceful tranquility of the morning. This experience provides an opportunity for you to connect with your inner self, feeling a state of mental stillness

Bonfire on the beach

On your final evening, weather permitting, you have the opportunity to come together around a beach bonfire and experience the soothing and uplifting effect of gazing into the fire.

Example Program

The program schedule will be determined by the daily tides of the Pacific Ocean, which change daily. Beach rides can only be done during low tide, so once we have your dates of stay, we will schedule your rides accordingly.

Day 1

Check-in your room begins at 3 p.m., but if you arrive earlier, feel free to explore the property, take a swim in the pool, and start your experience with a welcome drink while enjoying the stunning ocean view.

Following the welcome circle and program briefing, you will have a gentle yoga class, a sunset meditation, and a delicious dinner at the beachfront restaurant, which is open to the air. Don't miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets of Playa Las Lajas, truly magical moments of your day!

Day 2

You begin your day with a sunrise silence meditation, followed by a refreshing fruit snack and an energizing yoga class. Afterward, you take a quick dip in the ocean for a cleansing ritual before continuing with breathwork and meditation.

Enjoy a delightful breakfast and then take some leisurely free time to relax by the pool, unwind in a hammock, admire the ocean from our beachfront palapas, or even rent a surf or bodyboard for some ocean action. Alternatively, you can schedule a rejuvenating massage of your choice at the beachfront Yoga & Massage Rancho.

After a satisfying lunch, you will be introduced to the horses and your guide in preparation for your first Authentic Western Ride. Make the most of your free time by engaging in activities of your choice or simply strolling along our kilometers-long sandy beach, savoring the salty air, and watching the sun paint the sky during sunset.

After dinner, you will gather around a bonfire on the beach for a relaxing and soul-lifting experience.

Day 3

Wake up before sunrise for a heart-opening morning meditation, followed by an early morning ride to kick start your day with a unique nature experience. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and participate in our closing circle. You still have some free time to relax or engage in activities.

Please note that check-out of your room is at 12 noon. However, you are welcome to continue enjoying your time here.

If you find that you require additional time in this charming paradise, Las Lajas Beach Resort would be delighted to arrange extra nights for you.

Instructors

Gama

Lisa de Garcia

Location

A sandy beach stretching for 12 kilometers with gentle waves, a soothing breeze and beautiful sunsets. These are what make Playa Las Lajas so irresistible.

Las Lajas Beach Resort is located just in front of this famous, but still unspoiled beach in all of Panama. Here you can enjoy the sandy Pacific beach stretching for kilometers in either direction on horseback! Play in the warm inviting waters and relax below palm trees, or in the shade of our traditional Palapas.

Playa Las Lajas is ideal for activities like long sunrise and sunset walks, bird watching, swimming in the mellow waves, body boarding, and surfing.

Las Lajas Beach Resort is located by car less than an hour east of David (Panama’s second largest city) and six hours west of Panama City along the American Highway in the town of Las Lajas, situated in the province of Chiriquí. We are located just a 2-hour drive from the border with Costa Rica, in case you would like to visit both countries on your trip.

Distances

  • David - 1 hour
  • Boquete - 2 hours
  • Bocas del Toro - 4.5 hours
  • Panama City - 6 hours

Food

Savor the ultimate dining experience at Las Lajas Beach Resort beachfront bar and restaurant. Enjoy the cooling sea breezes and stunning sunsets while indulging in a delicious meal. Their menu features a range of cuisine from around the world, including traditional Panamanian food, and vegetarian and vegan options, all with a focus on seasonal ingredients. In addition to their regular menu, they also offer daily specials.

Quench your thirst with our selection of exotic tropical cocktails, fresh juices, smoothies, beer, wine, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Their full bar has everything you need to satisfy your cravings.

Please note that the rate of your retreat includes only breakfast. Lunch, dinner, and drinks will be available from their menu as separate a la carte options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can do absolutely nothing or enjoy a variety of activities, such as:

  • Nature hike including a visit of an indigenous family
  • Massage treatments in a private, open-to-the-air beachfront ancient rancho
  • Bodyboarding and surfing

Spa treatments

Give yourself the ultimate pleasure of receiving an exceptional and soothing beach massage, as the soft ocean breezes caress your skin! Experience the silky smoothness of our 100% plant-based oils, leaving your skin feeling luxuriously soft. The treatments are not included in the package.

Fusion Massage

Fusion Massage incorporates the best techniques into one treatment, offering a state of pure bliss and profound relaxation. This includes a rejuvenating Japanese face massage, soothing Lomi Lomi techniques, deep tissue work, pressure point release, and healing sound vibration. Additionally, Restorative Bodywork infused with the healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga is also available.

What's included

  • Welcome drink
  • 2 nights accommodation in Las Lajas Beach Resort
  • 2 horseback rides of 2 hours
  • 2 yoga classes with breathwork
  • A bonfire on your last night (depending on the weather)
  • Coffee, tea, bottled water
  • Breakfast from the menu a la carte

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals that are not mentioned
  • Other activities than horse riding and yoga
  • Massage treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Enrique Malek International Airport (DAV) in David, 80 kilometers from Las Lajas. It’s connected with flights from/to Panama City and San Jose, Costa Rica. From the airport, you can take a taxi to the hotel, or rent a car.

Arrival by car

Coming to Las Lajas by car is very simple. Drive on the Pan-american Highway until the San Félix intersection (follow the signs). The beach is 15 minutes from there. The hotel is approximately 400 meters down the road to the right, look for the yellow building with the red roof and you will be here ready to enjoy the relaxing and soothing lifestyle of the beach.

Arrival by bus

Las Lajas and San Félix are easily accessible by bus; from/to the bus terminal in David (every 30 minutes max.) as well as from/to the Albrook bus terminal in Panama City with connections every hour (6-hour ride – 5 hours the night express bus). The stop is at the main intersection of San Félix and there are two ticket offices.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Please note that for this holiday there is a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people. Depending on the level of the riders, a family or friend group of 6 people can be accommodated.

 

Availability and price information 
  • Before booking always check prices and availability.
  • Prices vary according to the season. 
  • During Christmas, New Year, Carnival and other local holidays, these packages are not available. 

 

Green season
  • May 2 - December 20

 

High season
  • January 2 - April 30

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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