Over 960 different species of birds have been counted on Panamanian territory. This 7 days itinerary takes you to two hot-spots for birding in Panama: El Valle. : El Valle. The Canopy Lodge is a full service lodge specializing in nature tourism, particularly birds & Gamboa: The Canopy Tower is a prime location from which to observe the birds and other wildlife of the forest canopy.
• 3 Nts Canopy Lodge, Double Room (B/L/D)
• 2 daily bird watching tours
• 3 Nts Canopy Tower, Canopy Room (B/L/D)
• 2 daily bird watching tours
• Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches
• All taxes and service charges
In Panama City the people are very well dressed and take pride in their appearance. In the rural areas and because of the relatively large fluctuations in temperature it is always a good idea to have long sleeves and even a jacket for the cooler spots. Long sleeves are also comfortable at night as they will protect you from mosquitoes. You will want light clothing such as cotton tee shirts as well, as the temperatures can be quite hot. Be sure to bring a good pair of shoes for any excursions as open-toed shoes are not recommended. Also, be sure to bring a pair of beach sandals and light shoes for when it is much hotter out. And bring an umbrella regardless of whether it is the wet or dry season.
Basic Packing List:Sun screen,Light Jacket & Raincoat,Mosquito repellent,Long sleeved shirts & T-shirts,Medications,Sandals & Bathing Suit,Toiletry items,Comfortable walking shoes,Binoculars,Shorts & Long Pants,Camera,Hat or Cap
Upon arrival to Panama, a representative of Panama Trails will pick you up by a comfortable a/c bus for the 2 hour ride to El Valle de Antón, also known as Crater Valley. You will spend three nights in this lovely village
Your home for the next three days will be Canopy Lodge, a charming small hotel built next to a lovely mountain stream and adjacent to the protected area of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument. In the gardens surrounding the lodge you can easily see species like the Crimson-backed, Blue-gray, Dusky-faced and Plain-colored Tanagers, Social Flycatcher, Ruddy-ground Dove, Barred Antshrike, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Rufous-tailed, Violet-capped Hummingbirds and Clay Colored Robin. After lunch, you will start birding the foothills by visiting the nearby Cariguana trail where we can expect to see some of the specialties of this rich avian region, for example: Lesser Elenia, Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Rosy Thrush Tanager, Rufous and White Wren and the Lance-tailed Manakin.
Overnight at the Canopy Lodge, standard room, all meals and tours included.
Wake up early and go birding around the mountain trails surrounding the crater where it is possible to find one of the most sought after species in neo-tropical birding: the Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo. This area also offers frequent sightings of Emerald Toucanets, Orange-bellied Trogon, Spotted Barbtail, Common Bush Tanager, Black-faced Grosbeak, Rufous-capped Warbler, Gray-headed Kite, Tawny-capped Euphonia, White-tailed Emerald, Violet-headed Hummingbird and if you are lucky you might see a Scaled Antpitta and a Black-headed Antthrush.
One of these days experience The Canopy Adventure. A series of zip lines high in the canopy by which travelers can explore the rain forest using safe and modern climbing techniques. After an invigorating short climb to the top of the ridge through bird-rich forest, you strap in and soar through the treetops, where you see a wealth of unexpected natural beauty and activity. The tours operated based on the schedule the lodge have during the dates you will be staying there.
Overnight Two nights at the Canopy Lodge, standard room, all meals and tours included.
In the mid-morning you will be transferred to the Canopy Tower.
The Canopy Tower is located on top of Semaphore Hill, in a well preserved semi-deciduous tall forest in the heart of Soberanía National Park. It is at an altitude of 900 feet above sea level, and from its roof you can see the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and the skyline of Panama City, just 30 minutes away. At the base of the road up Semaphore Hill is Plantation Road, a good, easy graded dirt road where you can walk through more than three miles of mature forest.
Overnight at the Canopy Tower, canopy room, all meals and tours included.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the Observation Deck for early morning birding. While you look for birds you can enjoy hot coffee, tea and orange juice. Some of the bird species that we are likely to 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, flycatchers of various kinds and raptors, including King Vulture and Ornate Hawk-Eagle!
During your stay based on the tours available during those dates you will visit: Soberanía National Park 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. The Ammo Dump located just past Gamboa on the way to Pipeline Road. It is the best place to see the elusive White-throated Crake, as well as a host of other waterbirds. Least Grebes and Purple Gallinules are common, and Rufescent Tiger-Heron and American Pygmy-Kingfisher are also resident. Pipeline Road, the best place in Central Panama to find forest birds, and one of the premier birding spots in the world! Summit Gardens is a center for recreation, education and conservation, dedicated to reflect and enhance Panama’s tropical and cultural diversity
Overnight Two nights at the Canopy Tower, canopy room, all meals and tours included.
No need to wake-up early today. After a leisurely breakfast and a last look at the birds from the observation deck of the Canopy Tower, you will be picked up by a comfortable a/c bus for the 1 hour ride to Panama City.
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