ISTMO Activites

On-site Activities and Facilities

While at ISTMO you are welcome to use our beautiful yoga studio, common room (next to the restaurant)- with a ping pong table and board games, walking meditation labyrinth, hammock areas, and nature trail to our cayman pond (no swimming please) often used for birdwatching.  Keep your eyes out for the tamarind monkeys and other wildlife that live in the area!

Make sure you take the short walk down to Playa Grande, to spend a relaxing day on a beautiful tropical beach.

Walk on our retreat center nature trail and catch some tropical wildlife

SUP Activities

We offer a wide range of SUP (Stand-up-paddleboard) Activities for beginners to advanced paddlers.  From classes for beginners at our local Playa Grande beach or at the Lagunas de San Carlos to excursions around Farallon Island, we have all of your SUP needs covered.

Ideal Retreat Location in Latin America

Yoga Classes

We offer yoga classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00-9:15.  Yoga classes are $10 per person.  Remeber, use the Promo Code “YOGA” when you reserve your weekend hotel stay and get one free weekend yoga class.  

We are happy to organize private classes for $40/class (up to four people), please contact us if you are interested in this option. Our weekly yoga classes are taught by yoga instructor and owner Ayesha Irani Davis. During retreats, our classes are taught by the retreat organizer.

Savasana in a tropical yoga studio


We have partnered with a local surf school to offer surf lessons to our guests.  Surf lessons are at the El Palmar beach, just an 8 minute drive away from our property.  Surf lessons last 2 hours and include transportation, all equipment, and expert instruction.  Include a surf lesson when you book your stay with us – we will check the tides and get back to you about the timing of the lesson.   

Prices:  $60/person/class – including transportation – minimum of 2 people.  ($75/person for individuals).


Surfing at Playa El Palmar


During your stay with us, experience the benefits of massage therapy including reduced pain, improved circulation, increased immune efficiency, enhanced focus, and more.

Contact us to reserve your relaxation, deep tissue or massage for athletes.  We do ask for 24-hour advance notice.

Prices from $60/hour.

Other Hiking and Cultural Activities

Our central location allows for a range of other cultural and nature activities, including Panama City Tours, Waterfall Hikes, Surfing, and Shopping.  Check out some of the other fun activities you can enjoy while you are on vacation at Istmo.

Our Panama Retreat center's location allows for diverse cultural and environmental activities.

Cannot decide what activities to include during your stay at Istmo?  Want to participate in all off them?  Consider our 7-day Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Retreat – it is an all-inclusive package that strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.