True to our spirit of adventure and our commitment to cultural development, we are very close to the Ruta BBVA, a project that we sponsor since 1992 and that is led by the adventurer and friend Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo.
Each year, more than 300 young people from different countries travel with their Panama Jack boots to the most remote and spectacular places of Hispanic America and Spain. In this project recognized by Unesco, young people get involved in different cultures, enjoy pure nature and live with the values of tolerance and fellowship.
Panama Jack provides each Ruta BBVA participant with all the necessary equipment for the adventure; this includes the Panama boots which are the icon of the Panama Jack brand. The adventures leave their footprints with their tough boots on long walks, mud, flowing rivers, villages, mountains, and bring them back home ready for new adventures.
1992: Expedition to the World of the Future
In the first Ruta BBVA edition, the expedition traveled to the Dominican Republic and part of Spain. They received the Pope John Paul II during his official visit in the Caribbean country and they accompanied Juan Santos, capuchin missionary who spent over 20 years in the Amazon to live with the Indian tribes. In Spain they visited, among other places, the town of Jerez de los Caballeros, the starting point of Christopher Columbus on his voyages to the New World.
1993: The Hibueras expedition
The participants in the Ruta BBVA followed the footsteps of Hernan Cortes in the Mayan world, venturing with their Panama Jack boots in the rainforests of the Petén, Chiapas and Tabasco. There they had their first encountered with "El Quetzal", a bird revered by the Maya, which gave name to this cultural project. The expedition passed through Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Portugal and Spain.
1994: Toward the Guaraní world
Joined by the free spirit of the Quetzal bird, the participants of the Ruta BBVA, sponsored by Panama Jack, followed the trail left by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca on his journey through the territories of the Guarani culture (Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina), they camped in the jungles of the Iguazu River and sailed up the Paraguay river. More than 2,500 kilometers of exciting experiences that brought together the members of this adventure.
1995: Expedition to the Inca world
In this edition, the Ruta BBVA traveled to the Inca World. They walked the so-called "Camino Real del Sol" that joins Quito (Ecuador) with Cuzco (Peru), they climbed the Cotopaxi volcano, the highest in the world, they reached the middle of the world in the 0 ° 0 '00'' parallel and visited the legendary Machu Piche. The expedition of the Ruta BBVA with Panama Jack boots crossed deserts, mountains and forests in an adventure that brought them closer to the history, culture and Inca mythology.
1996: Expedition to the legendary Potosi
The expeditionaries emulated the epic mining expedition of the sixteen and seventeen centuries when the mercury mines of Almaden in Ciudad Real (Spain) moved in galleons to the New World. The Ruta BBVA adventurers penetrated into the Amazon jungle and with their Panama Jack sandals and made a journey through the Mamoré River to the Andes where they studied the missions of the Jesuits.
1997: First Scientific Expedition to America
The Ruta BBVA and Panama Jack traveled the same route that Francisco Hernandez, the first scientific explorer of medicine and the protophysician of Philip II had made in the sixteenth century, to study the flora and fauna of the New World. This expedition allowed the young Ruta BBVA adventurers to get to know Mexico, where they were received by the Popocatépetl volcano with the most important eruption of the last 300 years. They also visited the town of the 365 churches, Cholula, and dyed their clothes in Oaxaca, as did the pre-Columbian civilizations.
1998: From Trinidad to the Orinoco
Following the footsteps of Christopher Columbus 500 years later, the Ruta BBVA with the Panama Jack collaboration, took the young members of this expedition to relive the third journey of the discovery of America, which culminated in the discovery of Venezuela. This adventure led them to navigate the Orinoco River. They discovered forests with over 40 meter high vegetation and ancient cities that had not been visited by people for more than four decades.
1999: Towards the South Sea
In the Holy Year, the participants of the Ruta BBVA walked part of the Camino de Santiago, from Toledo to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, crossing the Rioja, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Castilla y León. Then the expedition led by Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo sailed to the South Sea and visited the jungles of Panama in the year of the Canal reversal.
2000: On the way to North America
This edition of the Ruta BBVA expedition recalled the route of the young Carlos de Gante, Prince of Asturias, who reached the Asturian coasts to be crowned king when he is 17 years old. Later, he crossed the Atlantic to continue the discovery of the unexplored lands of North America.
2001: After the red gold of the Incas
On this occasion, Panama Jack accompanied the Ruta BBVA to discover the cacao, tobacco and banana plantations in Ecuador and Peru. The Ruta BBVA took part in the Binational Development Plan of the Peru-Ecuador Border Region and selected an oyster Spondylus as the image of integration between the two countries. This oyster is known as "red gold", a symbol of brotherhood and sacred offering of the Incas.
2002: Towards the Cattigara strait
The members of the Ruta BBVA toured Panama and Costa Rica following the steps that led Christopher Columbus, his brother Bartholomew and his son Hernando in 1502 to discover the coast of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and northern Panama. The Ruta BBVA expedition visited the extensive vegetation of Cahuita National Park and the hidden San Lorenzo Valley.
2003: Towards the Mountains of Parayso
The Ruta BBVA commemorated the lands of the Dominican Republic and Puerto, the fourth and final voyage of Christopher Columbus to America (1502-1504) in search of the Parayso Mountains, the mountaintops of the great Caribbean islands. The members of the expedition climbed Mount Duarte, which with over 3,000 meters is the highest point in the Caribbean. They visited the mountains of El Yunque National Park in the United States, and in addition, enjoyed a night swim in the phosphorescent bay of La Parguera.
2004: From the Mexican volcanoes to Traslatio
In the V centenary of the death of Isabel I of Castile, the Ruta BBVA visited Mexico City and climbed with their boots to the top of the Paricutin volcano, Michoacan, in remembrance of the famous conqueror Joaquín Cortés. The Ruta BBVA together with Panama Jack also visited Lisbon and Oporto and ended in Spain, recalling the transfer of the remains of Isabel the Catholic from Medina del Campo to Granada five centuries ago.
2005: From the City of Kings to the Amazon and the land of the Basques
2005 marked the twentieth edition of the Ruta BBVA. Therefore, it repeated the journey that had been made in its first edition: a route to Peru visiting the City of Kings Incas (Cuzco), Sacred Valley Piscac, the Sanctuary of Machu Pichu and the Amazon jungle.
2006: To the jungles of the Feathered Serpent
Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo proposed an expedition to the jungles of the Feathered Serpent to bring the members of the Ruta BBVA to the mythology of Quetzalcoatl, Kukulkan and Snake Vision, discovering the soul of the Mayan civilization. Together with the delegation of the Ruta BBVA, Panama Jack toured Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Then they passed through Navarre Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Columbus and the birth of Francis Xavier, a unique character who managed to combine cultures, languages and beliefs on both sides of the Atlantic.
2007: Footprint of China´s Nao in Mexico
The Ruta BBVA expedition traveled to Mexico in search of China´s Nao´s mark that had been left in the country that during 250 years had put Spain in communication with the Philippines and China. The ship followed the route of the "Return Voyage" and carried in its shiphold valued products from the East.
2008: The jungle of the River of Crocodiles
The Ruta BBVA flew back to Panama to visit the three major roads that had been connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans long before they built the Panama Canal. The adventurers left their Panama Jack footprints in the Camino Real, the Camino of the Chagres and the Camino of the Crosses.
2009: Road to Robinson Crusoe Island
For the first time in its history, the Ruta BBVA toured Chile. Panama Jack accompanied the explorers on their journey through the territory of the Mapuche ethnic group and the island of Robinson Crusoe, in the archipelago of Juan Fernandez, their visits included the cities of Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, and during their time in Spain, the regions of Valencia, Murcia, Andalusia, Madrid and Castile.
2010: The Mystery of the White Maya Ways
The Participants in the Ruta BBVA in the bicentenary of the independence of Mexico toured the White Maya Ways, built by the Mayan civilization between 600 and 1,000 AD on the muddy soil of tropical forests to connect the major cities. They went to Cadiz in Spain to learn the importance of the Spanish Constitution of 1812, known as "La Pepa" and then went on to Santiago de Compostela via Portugal..
2011: The Moche desert to the Amazon Rainforest
The Ruta BBVA paid tribute to Jaime Martinez Compañón, cleric from Navarra who was the Bishop of the Peruvian city of Trujillo in the eighteenth century and who gathered information about how people lived at that time and in particular the Moche culture, which led us to learn about the pre-Hispanic civilization. The adventurers along with Panama Jack visited some of the most important cities of Peru and entered the Amazon rainforest, sailing down the Amazon River as Francisco Orellana had done almost 500 years before.