Tour To Venas Azules

Venas Azules Tour
Venas Azules, view from the sky. Photo: trip-joelsanz.

Venas Azules has become one of the most popular places in Panama. Venas Azules is an estuary.

Although it is on dry land, you need to go by boat, which can be done from José del Pobre.

If you go from the capital, the best thing is to leave really early to enjoy to the maximum.

To Venas Azules Tour, I went with Trip Joelsanz, we met us at Albrook Mall and we left at 6:00 a.m., I took the opportunity to have breakfast while the other boys arrived (brought my own breakfast).

on the bus
Cattle we ran into on the road.

It took us an hour and a half to get there, traveling on the highway and making a quick stop on the way.

On the way we ran into cattle that were being moved from the farm, there were hundreds.

We arrived at José de los Pobres, a small and beautiful coastal town, there we prepared to take the boat to Venas Azules.

Dock in José de los Pobres to Venas Azules
Dock in José de los Pobres.

Venas Azules

The color (Blue) of its name is seen from the sky, and the photos that have been taken by drone are what make us go to know this place, however, from below it is beautiful, although it does not look so bluish.

We took a boat ride and then stopped at a point where you can get off the boat and step the bottom.

In this place you can snorkel, Joel told us that near the mangrove islands you can see the fish, that is how 5 meters from where we were, but you have to be careful because a boat can pass (some other group that go to see this place). 

venas azules tour
Venas Azules tour, view from the boat.

Nosotros nos quedemos un buen rato disfrutando del lugar y conversando, el lugar es súper We stayed for a long time enjoying the place and talking, the place is really quiet, no waves come, you can swim, snorkel, float or just stand.

In this part, the water reaches my waist
In this part, the water reaches my waist.

We also went to other places.

Del Padre Island

It is at the entrance of Venas Azules, so after going there, we spent a while, although, more than anything to take some photos hehehe, from what I saw, previously that place was frequently visited, since there was a sign of charge for use the bathroom (it is disabled), ranch and water.

If you go to the water, you have to be a little careful, because there are parts where, from the shallow part to the deep there are only a few feet of difference (less than a meter).

Curiously in front of this island there is an old catamaran (scrap metal) with the name of Isla del Padre, it even has vegetation.

del Padre Island
del Padre Island.
jimara coronado
A photo in Del Padre Island. At the background, Venas Azules.

Blanca Beach

To end the day we went to Playa Blanca, this time I settled next to the beach and I loved it a lot.

There were a lot of people on the beach, but on that side it was calmer, some of them snorkelled, a man brought a paddle board, so we took turns using it.

We Enjoyed each moment, we were also a group of 10 people, some went with a friend and others, alone, but we all had a good time. This time I saw that they were selling food on the beach and also coconut water, my tour already included lunch, so I took the opportunity to buy a coconut water.

Blanca Beach
Banca Beach. Photo: trip_joelsanz.

The lunch arrived (rice, fish, patacones and a drink).

Just then it started to rain, a rain with sun, we took refuge under a tree, in a part where the rocks form a long chair, we ate very well, seeing the rain.

For our luck, it only rained at that time, it is the first time that it rains when I go to a beach in Colón.

Although in Colón it can rain at any time, you just have to be prepared with waterproof bags so that your things don’t get wet.

The lunch
Lunch: rice, patacones and fish.

It was an excellent trip, I visited beautiful places and I also met wonderful people, some of us went alone (without friends) and others accompanied, but we all had a great time.

One of the memories that I will have from this trip, are some ladies we call the aunts (they were more or less in retirement age), one of them a really traveler, on that trip she made contacts to go to France and Colombia, these ladies made us laugh a lot.


  • Bring a waterproof bag for your camera or cell phone,
  • Snacks, drinks (things that you need),
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • Change clothes,
  • Snorkeling equipment,
  • If you are going to use your cell phone to take photos, set it in airplane mode and save energy, so the battery will reach you. Also there is no signal phone there,
  • Do not leave anything in the place. Bring a bag for your trash and of course take the bag,
  • If your meeting place is Albrook Mall, consider that the parking lots may not be open, go by public or private transport, but not in your own car,
  • If you can go with an organized group, this will save you driving many hours. Also, they already have the contacts.
Ari, me and the Paddle board of Carlos.
Ari, me and the Paddle board of Carlos. Photo: Brendis.


  • From 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • From $30.00 to $55 – Venas Azules tour*
  • $0.50 for using of the toiled in José del Pobre (they only charged me when I arrived, I think they don’t always charge it).
  • $1.00 coconut water (at Blanca Beach).

* There are tours of different prices, it will depend on whether 30 people or 10 people go, if it includes bus (and from where), food, snacks and drinks.

My guide

My tour included transportation (bus) from Albrook Mall, boat and lunch with a drink. I went with Joel, you can contact him at 507 6287-5718.

Tour only in Spanish.

Regulation of the National Parks

  • Do not enter alcoholic drinks,
  • No pets,
  • Forbidden to feed the fauna,
  • No Smoking,
  • Do not carry or take out, species of fauna and flora or parts and sub-parts of these.

Important- Venas Azules Regulations

  • Currently the site cannot go inside the wather.
  • You can only be 30 minutes in the place.
  • The boats can only travel at minimum speed.

More information here.

Where is Venas Azules?

Venas Azules is in Colón, in the Portobelo National Park.

How to get to Venas Azules?

It is as if you were going to Cacique in Colón, but when you get to the town continue on the road to José de Los Pobre (next town).

With Google Maps you can get there (search to José Pobre).

Then you have to hire a boat to go to Venas Azules.

Updated: 2021.

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Photo with my new Friends. Photo: Carlos.

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