A kayak is also ideal for exploring one of the tropical rivers that wind their way through rainforests in the Kuna Yala. As you leave the sea and enter fresh water, the whispering of waves and salty air is replaced by the sounds, sights, and scents of the jungle. The humid, forest air is filled with the sounds of hidden insects, frogs, and other animals. Parrots and parakeets occasional fly above the forest in screeching flight, toucans awkwardly flap between massive rainforest trees, and rustling in the branches reveals a family of Spider Monkeys. The best part about experiencing the jungle from a kayak is that you don’t need to sweat it out as you walk along muddy trails through the forest. Instead, you just slowly and silently paddle your way upriver and thus tend to see more animals.