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Birds of Central Panama (14 nights)

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Duration

15 days/14 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

PRIVATE ITINERARY WITH SHARED EXCURSIONS

We will tailor make your program according to your preferences.

This is a dream itinerary for any serious birder. This 14-night tour fully explores the best birding spots of Central Panama, with excursions to the lowland tropical forests of the Canal Zone, including Pipeline Road, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and Metropolitan Park, to the foothill forests of Cerro Azul/Cerro Jefe, the cloud forests of El Valle de Anton & Altos del Maria, Cerro Gaital Natural Monument and the scrub & rice fields of El Chiru and Juan Hombron. You will be full time in contact with the nature while enjoying 7 nights lodging at the world-famous Canopy Tower and 7 nights at the charming Canopy Lodge.

 This itinerary may change without prior notice due to weather, alterations in habitat or other conditions.

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DAY 1 – Welcome to Panama
DAY 1 – Welcome to Panama

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to the Canopy Tower, located at the top of Semaphore Hill in the rainforest of Soberanía National Park.

Once at the hotel you will be provided with an orientation on the use of the facilities and the guided bird watching excursions. As your luggage is being carried to your room, you may visit the dining/bar area and enjoy a refreshing drink.

We highly recommend that you spend some time on the Observation Deck. The view from the platform is incredible! Here, you get a unique eye-level perspective of the rainforest canopy. Many birds, including toucans, parrots, tanagers, hawks, and dozens of others, as well as monkeys, two species of sloth, and other mammals are commonly seen.

From this vantage point you can also see ships transiting the Panama Canal, the majestic Centennial Bridge, and miles of rainforest! You may also want to watch the hummingbird feeders at the base of the Tower for Long-billed Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-bellied & Blue-chested Hummingbirds and White-vented Plumeleteer. Occasionally, a Snowy-bellied Hummingbird is spotted!

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 2 – Birding nearby Canopy Tower
DAY 2 – Birding nearby Canopy Tower

Morning tour: Canopy Tower & Semaphore Hill Road

Your guide will be waiting for you at the Observation Deck for early morning guided bird watching. While you look for birds you can enjoy hot coffee, tea and orange juice. Some of the bird species that we may see from the observation deck are Green & Red-legged Honeycreepers, Green Shrike-Vireo, Blue Cotinga, Scaled Pigeon, Mealy & Red-lored Parrots, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Araçari, Red-capped & Blue-crowned Manakins, a huge diversity of flycatchers and tanagers, and raptors including King Vulture and Black Hawk-Eagle!

After breakfast, at mid-morning, you’ll begin your bird tour by taking a pleasant walk down Semaphore Hill Road. This winding, shady paved road, festooned on the shoulders by wildflowers of many types, is a little more than a mile long and crosses a large creek about half-way down.

The bird list here is extensive, and includes birds from the forest interior as well as edge-dwellers. Olivaceous Flatbill, Plain Xenops, Lesser Greenlet, Black-breasted & White-whiskered Puffbirds, Fasciated & Black-crowned (formerly Western Slaty) Antshrikes, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Bay-headed & White-shouldered Tanagers, Black-throated Trogon, Broad-billed & Rufous Motmots, and even Great Jacamar may be found. Great Tinamou is often heard, but is harder to find.

This road is also great for raptors, including White, Tiny & Great Black Hawks. During migration it’s easy to see more than 10 species of warbler in one morning. Your morning bird list will be impressive, as we get a much-welcomed ride back from this morning’s bird tour, just in time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the CANOPY TOWER.

Afternoon tour: Ammo Dump Ponds

The Ammo Dump Ponds are 15 min. from Canopy Tower. They are located just past Gamboa on the way to the Pipeline Road. It is the best place to see the elusive White-throated Crake, as well as a host of other waterbirds. Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Wattled Jacana, and Purple Gallinule are common, and Least Grebe and American Pygmy-Kingfisher are also resident. In this area we often find Greater Ani, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Whooping Motmot (recent split from Blue-crowned), Yellow-tailed Oriole, Southern Lapwing, Anhinga, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Scrub Greenlet, Lesser Kiskadee, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Panama, Social & Rusty-margined Flycatchers, and even Olivaceous Piculet!

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 3 – Pipeline Road
DAY 3 – Pipeline Road

World famous Pipeline Road full day bird tour

After breakfast you will continue your guided bird watching tour by boarding the Birdmobile or El Tinamu, both open-air vehicles, to take you to the Pipeline Road (20 MIN. FROM CANOPY TOWER), the best place in Central Panama to find forest birds and one of the premier birding spots in the world! Eight species of wren, 5 trogons, 4 puffbirds, 3 motmots, several tanagers, Great Jacamar, Common Potoo, Pheasant Cuckoo, Great Tinamou and many other species have been recorded here, even including the elusive Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and the majestic Harpy Eagle!

Pipeline Road is also a great place for raptors. Three forest-falcons are resident as well as Tiny & Semiplumbeous Hawks and Ornate & Black Hawk-Eagles.

There are also plenty of side trails, plus 11 creeks and rivers that can be followed into the forest that you can explore.
Picnic lunch in the forest.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 4 – Soberania National Park
DAY 4 – Soberania National Park

Morning tour to Pipeline Road entrance

You will make your way with your guide to the entrance of Pipeline Road (20 min from Canopy Tower). Today we will concentrate our efforts at the beginning of Pipeline, another diverse area full of birds. Greater Ani, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Masked Tityra, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Isthmian (formerly Plain) Wren, Streaked Flycatcher, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Squirrel Cuckoo, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Southern Bentbill, Forest Elaenia, Panama Flycatcher, Blue Ground Dove, and Little Tinamou may be seen here.

Other birds recorded are Black-bellied & Buff-breasted Wrens, Golden-collared Manakin, White-necked Puffbird, Gartered, Slaty-tailed, Black-throated, White-tailed & Black-tailed Trogons, Purple-crowned Fairy, Yellow Tyrannulet, White-bellied & Dusky Antbirds, and Fasciated & Black-crowned Antshrikes. During migration this entrance road is excellent for migrant warblers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, and tanagers.

Lunch at CANOPY TOWER.

Afternoon tour to Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
After lunch and a rest, you will continue your guided bird watching tour at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, an ecotourism and environmental education facility created and administered by Fundacion Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann. It is located off Pipeline Road adjacent to Soberanía National Park.

The center contains several attractions, the best of which is a 100-foot-tall observation tower, with 4 rest platforms—each stopping at a different layer of the rainforest. The view from the top is incredible! Here, we scan for raptors like Double-toothed Kite and Semiplumbeous Hawk and canopy birds like Scaled Pigeon, Pied Puffbird, and Blue Cotinga. You will also take a quick bird tour through the 1.1 kilometer circuit of well-maintained forest trails, one ending at a pond, which is excellent for birds! Snail Kite, Wattled Jacana, Little Blue Heron, Least Bittern, and Sungrebe are often resident at the pond, and along the trails we look for White-necked & White-whiskered Puffbirds, motmots, trogons, manakins, antbirds, wrens, tanagers, flycatchers, and many others. The covered Visitor Center has several hummingbird feeders (attracting many species that may be photographed easily), bathrooms, eating tables and a small gift shop with drinks and snacks.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 5 – Metropolitan Natural park, Summit Ponds & Old Gamboa road
DAY 5 – Metropolitan Natural park, Summit Ponds & Old Gamboa road

Morning excursion to Metropolitan Natural Park

Today you will go to Metropolitan Natural Park (25 min from Canopy Tower) for this morning’s guided bird tour. “Metro Park,” encompassing 265 hectares, has the distinction of being the only large forested park within a metropolitan capital in Latin America. More importantly, it protects 192 hectares of dry lowland Pacific forest, yielding bird species that are difficult to find elsewhere.

The beautiful Rosy Thrush-Tanager is here, as is the striking Lance-tailed Manakin. This is also a good place to find Southern Bentbill, Rufous-and-white, Isthmian & Rufous-breasted Wrens, Dusky Antbird, Crimson-crested, Lineated & Red-crowned Woodpeckers. Plain-colored, Palm, Blue-gray & Golden-hooded Tanagers are common. Red-legged & Green Honeycreepers, Whooping Motmot (recent split from Blue-crowned), Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Araçari, and the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet are resident along with Forest & Greenish Elaenias.

In October & November, the overlook along Mono Titi trail is a good spot to witness the mass migration of thousands of Turkey Vultures and Swainson’s & Broad-winged Hawks as they fly over Panamá City toward their wintering grounds in South America.

Lunch at CANOPY TOWER.

Afternoon tour to Summit Ponds & Old Gamboa Road

Old Gamboa Road (10 min from Canopy Tower) and the associated ponds at Summit are great places to find Canal Zone birds. On this afternoon’s guided bird watching tour at Summit Ponds, we will scan for Green, Striated, Capped & Boat-billed Herons as well as Green, Ringed, Amazon, Green-and-rufous (rare) & American Pygmy Kingfishers, which are all resident here! Also we seek out Rusty-margined & Streaked Flycatchers, Lesser & Great Kiskadees, Greater Ani, Mangrove Swallow, Bat Falcon, Cocoa Woodcreeper, and Lineated Woodpecker.

Going straight past the two ponds you’ll be on Old Gamboa Road, one of the birdiest spots around. This road passes through a variety of habitats and has plenty of specialties, including Blue Ground Dove, Great Antshrike, Jet Antbird, Black-tailed, Bran-colored & Royal Flycatchers, Lance-tailed & Golden-collared Manakins, and the delightful Rosy Thrush-Tanager!

We also will find species like White-bellied Antbird, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Yellow-backed Oriole, Boat-billed & Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-headed Caracara, Crane Hawk, Black-chested Jays and more. Also resident are Gray-headed Chachalaca, with Spectacled Owl a real possibility too, as the guides know where they often roost.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 6 - Cerro Azul & Cerro Jefe
DAY 6 - Cerro Azul & Cerro Jefe

Cerro Azul & Cerro Jefe full day tour (1hr from Canopy Tower)

After breakfast you will continue your bird tour on the hills above Tocumen where a completely different climate and, more importantly, a different suite of birds awaits! The weather will be much cooler and breezier as we ascend the foothills of the San Blas Mountains toward Cerro Azul (2,500 ft.) and Cerro Jefe (3,300 ft.), named after the two tall peaks in the area.

Major targets in these cloud-forested hills with peaks of elfin forest will include Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-eared Wood-Quail, and a nice mix of tanagers, including Silver-throated, Emerald, Speckled, Rufous-winged, Bay-headed, Black-and-yellow, Golden-hooded and Hepatic. We can also search for the specialty hummers, including Rufous-crested Coquette, White-tipped Sicklebill, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green Thorntail, as well as Violet-capped, Violet-headed & Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds!

We should also find the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, along with Lineated Woodpecker, Black-striped & Spotted Woodcreepers, Red-capped & White-ruffed Manakins, Russet Antshrike, White-vented & Tawny-capped Euphonias, and Blue Cotinga.

Lunch will be at a picturesque residence with active hummingbird and tanager feeders perfect for close-up views and photographs!

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 7 – Plantation Trail & Chagres River
DAY 7 – Plantation Trail & Chagres River

Morning excursion to Plantation Trail

After breakfast, you will continue your bird tour at Plantation Trail (5 min from Canopy Tower) at the base of Semaphore Hill, one of Panama’s premier birding areas, often said to rival the Pipeline Road itself!

This easy trail passes through mature rainforest and follows a small creek (Rio Chico Masambi) and is a reliable place to find Golden-crowned Spadebill. Oftentimes at the parking area near the entrance, we find Black-chested Jays. Other birds to look for along the trail include Ocellated, Bicolored, Chestnut-backed, White-bellied & Spotted Antbirds; Broad-billed & Whooping Motmots, five species of trogon; White-whiskered Puffbird; hummingbirds (Blue-chested, White-necked Jacobin and others); Plain-brown, Northern Barred, Cocoa, & Ruddy Woodcreepers; Cinnamon, Crimson-crested & Black-cheeked Woodpeckers; White-breasted Wood-Wren; Song Wren; Dot-winged, Checker-throated & White-flanked Antwrens; Purple-throated Fruitcrow; Bright-rumped Attila; Gray-headed Tanager; Long-billed Gnatwren; Black-crowned & Fasciated Antshrikes; Red-capped & Blue-crowned Manakins; Great Tinamou; Ruddy-tailed, Royal & Yellow-margined flycatchers; Yellow-rumped Cacique; Scaly-throated Leaftosser; and, occasionally, Great Jacamar or the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet!

Lunch at CANOPY TOWER.

Afternoon tour to Chagres River/Gamboa Feeders.

After lunch, you will take a short drive to the Chagres River (15 min from Canopy Tower) and the accompanying fields & forest.

First stop will be at the Canopy Bed & Breakfast in the picturesque village of Gamboa, to look at the bird feeders! With a beautiful backdrop of Cerro Pelado, the backyard at the Canopy B & B is teeming with bird life. At the fruit feeders, we are likely to see Red-legged, Shining & Green Honeycreepers, Flame-rumped, Crimson-backed & Blue-gray Tanagers, Thick-billed Euphonia, Yellow-bellied & Variable Seedeaters, Whooping Motmot, and Gray-headed Chachalaca.

Next, you will get under way to Chagres River, the main tributary for the Panama Canal. The birding along the river banks and the forest edges of Gamboa Resort can be spectacular.

Here, we search for Amazon, Green & American Pygmy Kingfishers, as well as Whooping Motmot and Cinnamon Woodpecker. We could also see Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Cocoi, Green & Striated Herons, Wattled Jacana, Pied-billed Grebe, Anhinga, Royal & Sandwich Terns, Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Tricolored & Little Blue Herons, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Mangrove Swallow, Black-chested Jay, Lesser Kiskadee, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cacique, Black-bellied & Buff-breasted Wrens, Fasciated & Barred Antshrikes, Cinnamon Becard, Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-bellied Antbird, and even Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon and Blue Cotinga at times!

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY TOWER.

DAY 8 – Canopy Lodge
DAY 8 – Canopy Lodge

Transfer to CANOPY LODGE

No need to wake up early for today’s birding trip. After a leisurely breakfast and a last look at the birds from the Observation Deck, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned van for the 2-hour ride to El Valle de Antón, also known as Crater Valley.

You will spend seven nights at this lovely village, nestled in the caldera of a long dormant volcano that last erupted 5 million years ago. The resulting scenery is quite unique: a steep valley surrounded by jagged peaks and filled with flowers, streams, and verdant forests. You will arrive on time for lunch.

Your home for the next seven nights will be the Canopy Lodge, sister lodge of the Canopy Tower, a charming eco-lodge built next to a bubbling mountain stream and adjacent to the protected area of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument. At 2,400-feet in elevation, you will immediately appreciate the noticeably cooler temperatures here.

On arrival you will be provided with an orientation on the use of the facilities. As your luggage is being ferried to your room, or after you get settled in, you may visit the dining area and enjoy a refreshing drink and snack. You will immediately want to scan the bird feeders and grounds!

You may see a variety of birds including Crimson-backed, Blue-gray, White-lined, Flame-rumped, Dusky-faced & Plain-colored Tanagers, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Thick-billed Euphonia, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Streaked & Buff-throated Saltators, Lineated & Red-crowned Woodpeckers, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Social Flycatcher, Ruddy Ground Dove, Barred Antshrike, Clay-colored Thrush, RufousMotmot, Rufous-tailed, Snowy-bellied & Violet-headed Hummingbirds, and Garden Emerald!

Lunch and Dinner at CANOPY LODGE.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 9 – Birding nearby Canopy Lodge
DAY 9 – Birding nearby Canopy Lodge

Morning tour: La Mesa Road

After breakfast, you will continue your birding holidays with a trip to La Mesa Road (15 min. from Canopy Lodge). This area, which is a visually pleasing blend of secondary forest, scrubby pastures, overgrown farms and grassy borders, is home to many of the area’s specialties.

Here is where we look for such great Panamanian birds as Spot-crowned Barbet, Cinnamon Becard, Scarlet-thighedDacnis, Silver-throated, Golden-hooded, Tawny-crested & Bay-headed Tanagers, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Spotted Woodcreeper, and hummers such as White-tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-crested Coquette, Crowned Woodnymph, and Black-throated Mango. Also resident are Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, and Orange-bellied (Collared) Trogon.

Lunch at CANOPY LODGE.

Afternoon tour: Cara Iguana

After lunch and some rest, you will continue to Cara Iguana Trail (15 min. from Canopy Lodge), where you will enjoy outstanding foothill birding in some of the last remaining stands of quality Pacific dry forest.

Specialties we hope to find in this bird-rich habitat are Lesser Elaenia, Yellow-olive & Panama Flycatchers, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Lance-tailed Manakin, Rufous-breasted & Rufous-and-white Wrens, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Tody & Lesson’s Motmots, and Long-billed Gnatwren. We may also see such birds as the Striped Cuckoo, Little Tinamou, Common Potoo, Dusky & White-bellied Antbirds, Barred Antshrike, White-winged Becard, Tropical Screech-Owl, and Bat Falcon. Hummers to watch for are Garden Emerald, Long-billed Starthroat, and White-vented Plumeleteer. During migration we look for Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green & Worm-eating Warblers.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 10 - Pacific Dry Forest & Santa Clara Beach
DAY 10 - Pacific Dry Forest & Santa Clara Beach

Pacific Dry Forest & Santa Clara Beach full day tour

After breakfast you will get under way for a full-day birding trip in the Pacific dry forest with its unique cast of Panamanian birds!

Among the birds we will be seeking out today are Yellow-headed Caracara, Roadside, Gray-lined, Zone-tailed, Savanna & Short-tailed hawks, Peregrine & Aplomado (rare) Falcons, White-tailed Kite, and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

We will also search for Crested Bobwhite, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Brown-throated Parakeet, Blue Ground Dove, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, and Crested Oropendola. You will stop at a spot where we sometimes find Common Potoo. Hummers to be on the watch for in this unique scrubby area are the near-endemic Veraguan Mango and Garden Emerald.

You will take a pause in the birding trip to enjoy a picnic lunch at a popular beach at Santa Clara where we hope to spot Sapphire-throated Hummingbird working the coastal shrubbery. You may want to bring your bathing suits to take a dip in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean (80F/27C).

On the beach or flying by may be Least, Western & Spotted Sandpipers, Sanderling, Blue-footed & Brown Boobies, Sandwich, Royal & Elegant Terns, Willet, Whimbrel, and Franklin’s & Laughing Gulls.

At the Juan Hombron rice fields we hope to find Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Crested Caracara, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Lapwing, Great Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Plain-breasted Ground Dove, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Common (or Mangrove) Black Hawk, and Pearl Kite.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 11 – Altos del Maria
DAY 11 – Altos del Maria

Altos Del Maria full day tour

Departing early in the morning after breakfast, you will be driven from El Valle (1hr from hotel) in air-conditioned 4×4 SUVs up into the mountains for today’s birding trip.

As the sun rises over the highlands ahead of you, spectacular mountains, vast valleys and towering cliffs come into view! Set in the mountains on the continental divide east of El Valle, Altos del Maria provides a spectacular addition to the Birds of Central Panama tour. Ascending an excellent paved road, you will climb a ridge to your destination, an expansive area of cloud forest at 3,600 ft.

This area harbors an exciting variety of highland forest birds. Some of the characteristic species of this cloud forest include Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black Guan, Black-crowned Antpitta, Black-headed Saltator, White Hawk, Barred Forest-Falcon, Orange-bellied (Collared) Trogon, Spotted Woodcreeper, Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Russet & Great Antshrikes, Tufted & Sulphur-rumped Flycatchers, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, White-ruffed Manakin, Ochraceous Wren, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Pale-vented Thrush, Green Shrike-Vireo, Yellow-billed Cacique, Slate-colored Grosbeak, and Black-and-yellow, Bay-headed, Dusky-faced & Tawny-crested Tanagers. Even the bizarre Brown-billed Scythebill is seen here regularly. Hummers we may spot include Band-tailed Barbthroat, the exquisite Snowcap, Garden & White-tailed Emeralds, Purple-throated Mountain-Gem, White-tipped Sicklebill, and Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer.

After a picnic lunch in the field, you will drop down into a valley and climb to the ridge on the opposite side. Reaching some large swaths of mature humid forest along this ridge, you will explore some trails and roadside spots in search of even more forest birds. Around mid-afternoon, you will head back into El Valle for some relaxation time.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 12 – Cerro Gaital & Las Minas trail
DAY 12 – Cerro Gaital & Las Minas trail

Morning tour: Cerro Gaital

Today after breakfast, you will be taken to Cerro Gaital (20 min from hotel), a steep, forested, mist-shrouded mountain that you can see from the Lodge! Cerro Gaital (3,500’) is the namesake of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, which protects more than 335 hectares of mature cloud forest. This area offers sightings of Black Guan, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Orange-bellied (Collared) Trogon, Spotted Barbtail, Common Chlorospingus, Silver-throated Tanager, Black-headed Antthrush, SlatyAntwren, Spot-crowned & Plain Antvireos, Black-faced Grosbeak, Blue Seedeater, Rufous-capped Warbler, Gray-headed Kite, White Hawk, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Pale-vented Thrush, Northern Schiffornis, White-tailed Emerald, Green-crowned Brilliant, Violet-headed Hummingbird, and Crowned Woodnymph. Scaled Antpitta and Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo have been recorded here!

Lunch at the CANOPY LODGE.

Afternoon tour: Las Minas Trail

After lunch, you will head to Las Minas (20 min from hotel), an excellent trail for Panamanian bird watching. The road follows the ridge line, with sweeping vistas of forested mountains, speckled with grasslands and small farms.

The views from here are fantastic, as on a clear day near the summit, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! Specialties of the region include Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Black-and-yellow, Bay-headed & Emerald Tanagers, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Gray-headed Kite, Barred Hawk, Bat Falcon, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, White-tipped Sicklebill, Green Thorntail, Orange-bellied (Collared) & Black-throated Trogons, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Plain Antvireo, the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, Spotted Woodcreeper, Red-capped & White-ruffed Manakins, Band-rumped Swift, and Black Guan. A forested slope here is also the best chance to watch Black-crowned Antpitta and Black-headed Antthrush! You will go back in time to enjoy appetizers before dinner.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 13 - Rio Indio &Jordanal
DAY 13 - Rio Indio &Jordanal

Rio Indio & Jordanal full day tour

After breakfast you will depart for a fun-filled day of Caribbean slope birding! These fine, forested areas are not well-birded—by anybody—so who knows what might turn up!

First stop is at Rio Indio, a great spot to try for the area’s specialties—Sulphur-rumped Tanager, Spot-crowned Barbet, and Barred Puffbird! We also strive to find Crested Oropendola, White-vented Euphonia, Buff-rumped Warbler, Long-tailed Tyrant, and raptors such as White & Gray-lined Hawks and Black Hawk-Eagle, as well as White-collared & Band-rumped Swifts. Hummers to look for are Green, Long-billed & Rufous-breasted Hermits, and White-necked Jacobin. We search for Lineated & Red-crowned Woodpeckers, Jet & Dusky Antbirds, Lesser & Yellow-bellied Elaenias, Tropical Pewee; Dusky, Piratic & Gray-capped Flycatchers, Cinnamon & White-winged Becards, Black-chested Jay, Bay Wren, Tawny-capped Euphonia, and Emerald, Bay-headed & Golden-hooded Tanagers!

If that is not enough, we hope to see Shining Honeycreeper, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed-Finch, Black-striped Sparrow, and Streaked & Buff-throated Saltators.

After a pleasant picnic lunch at a thatched-roof shelter on the Jordanal River, you will be driven back to the Canopy Lodge for a relaxing afternoon.

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 14 – Watercress & Valle Chiquito
DAY 14 – Watercress & Valle Chiquito

Morning tour: Watercress

After breakfast you will head to the Watercress Trail (15 min. from Canopy Lodge), named after the herb (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum) which is commercially grown in the terraced creek near the entrance.

This easy trail traverses through good secondary forest, which is framed by the picturesque forested mountains of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument. Good birds here are Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Black-headed Saltator, Great Antshrike, White-ruffed Manakin, White-thighed Swallow, White-bellied Antbird, TodyMotmot, and hummers such as Long-billed Starthroat, Rufous-crested Coquette and, when the Inga is in bloom, Snowcap! You will also listen for Purplish-backed Quail-Dove.

Lunch at CANOPY LODGE.

Afternoon tour: Valle Chiquito

After lunch you will continue to Valle Chiquito! (20 min. from Canopy Lodge) This valley is accessible by a newly paved road and passes through nicely forested woodlands crossed by two rivers.

At Rio de Jesus we search for Green Kingfisher and listen for Sepia-capped Flycatcher. We also admire a colony of Chestnut-headed Oropendolas in a Cecropia tree. We try for TodyMotmot, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-backed Oriole, White-bellied Antbird, Gray-chested Dove, Yellow-billed Cacique, Zone-tailed & Gray-lined Hawks, Black Hawk-Eagle, Lance-tailed Manakin, Panama Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Little Tinamou, Long-billed Starthroat, and Garden Emerald. Wrens are abundant here, with Black-bellied, Rufous-and-white, Bay, and Rufous-breasted Wrens all lurking about in the thickets!

Dinner on property.
Accommodation at CANOPY LODGE.

DAY 15 – “Adios” Panama!
DAY 15 – “Adios” Panama!

Departure to Airport

After breakfast you will be driven back to Panamá City on time for your return flights home. Tocumen International Airport is approx. 3hrs from Canopy Lodge.

Included/Excluded

  • 7 nights of accommodation in CANOPY TOWER
  • 7 nights of accommodation in CANOPY LODGE
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day.
  • Natural fruit juices, sodas, wine at dinner time.
  • Bilingual expert bird guide for all the birding tours.
  • Snacks and beverages during all the excursions
  • Transportation and excursions as described on the itinerary.
  • Local Taxes
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
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