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Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
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M & G
We are a Finnish-Panamanian birdwatching couple. We live in Finland and we are more than pleased to help you, if you are planning to visit in here. Also, we visit often in Panama and Costa Rica. If you would like to travel in there, we happily help you giving advice or joining you in the field. We like to travel around the world trying to spot birds, Birdingpals have helped us giving information or guiding us.
If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.
Gonzalo Horna, your local Birdingpal guide
Former owner and manager of Sierra Llorona Panama Lodge, Gonzalo has been birding central Panama and adjacent low and highland areas since 1997. Attending groups and individuals he has mastered the needs and logistics to make a birders journey a successful one.
He created and implemented a unique Birding by Boat day tour to explore the fresh water avifauna (and related birds) difficult to see while normal hiking secluded areas. Has being actively involved with the Embera Quera indian community located at the Panama Canal basin (Caribbean site) helping them develop a tourism program with emphasis on birding.
In the government conservation programs he have served at national levels. Also he is a very active member of the Panama Audubon Society (PAS).
His wide ranging interests include butterfly, mammals, insects, good food & cooking.
Friendly, fun and knowledgeable, Gonzalo (54 years old) is always ready to take you birding any time any place in Panama.
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino
Panama City and Volcan, Provence Panama and Provence Chiriqui
Various, Dry season, Wet Season, ad hoc
We are a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization that operates here in Panama. We do guided birding events, programs and trips of which 100% of the profits go directly towards our field research programs here in Panama.
We can provide single day opportunities, multiple day tours and can also provide full trip logistics.
Contact us for more details and about our VERY competitive donation-based pricing.
Volcan, Boquette, Pipeline Road, Campana, Canal zone
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky divingTravel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobileVisit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, techAttend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swapParticipate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino
Birding Lodging with Guides
Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Lodge, Cabin and House
Volcan, Chiriqui, Panama
English, Spanish, German
Jeffrey and Michael Dietrich are brothers who teamed up to purchase the reserve in 2008. They have both been committed to the preservation of natural areas through their activism and naturalist skills.
Michael Dietrich became deeply engaged in the saving of Long Island, a natural barrier island on the coast of South Carolina. Through creating a website and drawing public attention to the planned development of Long Island, he helped thwart destruction of its fragile marsh ecology. That inspiration will transfer to the goals we have set for Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve.
Jeffrey Dietrich studied Environmental Science at Antioch College and is an avid birdwatcher, tropical landscape expert and naturalist, having visited many of the world's premier natural areas and lodges. He has worked more than fifteen years in Latin America and speaks fluent Spanish.
Both Jeffrey and Michael have found deep immersion in nature to be the single path which has provided them peace of mind and balance in the world. They both understand that only a thorough comprehension of ecological sustainability planted in the minds of the young will provide the fertile grounds for the healthy environment which our future generations and the natural world will require to thrive. Honoring this belief, a commitment to providing access to the reserve for educational institutions is at the core of the project for Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve
Mount Totumas Cloud Forest is located in far Western Panama in the province of Chiriqui. We are 20km west of Volcan.
La Amistad National Park
Resplendent Quetzal, Three Wattled Bellbird, Black & Crested Guan
We offer transportation from Volcan or David for those guests that do not have their own 4WD vehicle.