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Birdwatching in Panama

Panama have the most number of bird species (970+) than any similarly sized country in the Central and Caribbean region of the American continent.
Pacific Region: Here we will be birding the mudflats of Panama City, Panama Viejo, Costa del Este, The Metropolitan City Park, Diablo, Ammo Dump, Pipeline Road, Old Gamboa Road, Plantation Road, El Charco Trail, Gamboa Town and surroundings.
Caribbean Region: We will cover Gatun Damm, Gatun Drop Zone,Tiger Trail, Escobal Road,Achiote Road, Providencia, El Trogon Trail, shade coffe plantation trails, Fort Sherman, San Lorenzo National Park, Black Tank Road, Skunk Hollow Road, Galeta Island, Margarita Tank Farm and Rancho Ramos.

"A new day from Cerro El Gaital, El Valle"

Panama Canal Region: At this time of the tour you will be birding on a boat covering the afluents of Gatun Lake (Panama Canal) surrounded by freshwater with abundant aquatic vegetation, natural swamps, marshes, lagoons, savannas and grasslands. All in a freswater enviroment.
Highlands near Panama City: We will look for Cerro Azul, Cerro Jefe and El Valle specialties and the avifauna related to the area.


Electronic map of Panama

Tour I.
Central Panama - 5 nights/4 days
Tour II.
Altos del María, El Valle and El Cope (Western Panamá Province) - 4 nights/3 days

Tour III.
Chiriqui Highlands foothills: La Amistad International Park (PILA), Talamanca Mountain Range - 5 nights/4 days

Tour IV.
Eastern Panama, Darien Lowlands and Cerro Azul - 5 nights/4 days


Please note: All trips can be purchased as single tours or in any combination. For further details and pricing contact Gonzalo Horna.

Tour I

Central Panama - 5 nights/4 days

Areas to visit during the tour: We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Central Panama, including the world-renowned Pipeline Road, Achiote Road, Old Gamboa Road (Summit Ponds), Plantation Trail, Fort Sherman and San Lorenzo Road and more.
Birds: Please note that the species mentioned are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved.

Itinerary
ARRIVAL DAY – Arrival at Tocumen International Airport or from your previous destination. We will meet you and drive you to the hotel in Panama City (included in the tour price).

Day 1 - Parque Metropolitano.
Our first birding day will start at 6:00 am You will be picked up at the hotel in Panama City and drive to the Metropolitan Nature Park (470 acres of dry second and youngest growth forest with patches of grassy areas ) giving us the opportunity to beginning with the search of the Lance-tailed Manakin, the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Rosy Thrush-Tanager (uncommon), Orange-chinned Parakeets, Pheasant Cuckoo (rare) and more; after lunch birding will continue until around 4:00pm when we will start our ride back to your hotel. The Park has several trails that we may walk like the Mono Titi Trail (named after the tamarins an easy place to spot Geoffrey’s Tamarins and other wildlife) and La Cieneguita trail. Other posible sightings on the way includes Blue-crowned Motmot, Cocoa and Olivaceous woodcreepers, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Northern Waterthrush, Great Kiskadee, Thick-billed Euphonia, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Southern Beardless- and (H) Yellow-crowned tyrannulets, Plain-colored Tanager and a diurnal Central American Agouti. Well also see a Variegated Squirrel, a Coatimundi, a Three-Toed Sloth, Panama Hat Palms, a "Beer Belly" Tree, an example of a Cuipo which Harpy Eagles use as nest trees, butterflies and several kinds of clear-winged helicopter damselflies.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Panama City.
Day 2 - Achiote Road.
The early birding day starts driving to Achiote Road and surrounding areas. On the way looking for species that favor humid condition (wet lowlands). On the way we’ll stop for birds along the road and at well known spots like at Gatun Lock and at the Chagres River (Gatun Dam spillway) in search of Road-site Hawk, American Kestrel, Cocoi Heron, Tricolored Heron, Kill-billed and Chessnut-mandible Tucan, Yellow-headed Caracara. We will be on the search of the Spot-crowned Barbet, White-headed Wren, Long-tailed Tyrant, Blue Cotinga, White Hawk, Flame-rumped Tanager, Montezuma Oropendola and many other species that can be found here. At 8:30am a well deserved breakfast with binoculars at hand to catch a gleans of a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, a probable Barred and Fasciated Antshrike and others. After breakfast the birding fiesta will continue at trails and in shaded coffee plantation. After lunch and time permitting we’ll be in route to Fort Sherman (wet lowland tropical forest with also areas of grass, scrubs, mangroves , marshes and coastline). We will look for the Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-collared Manakin, Rufous Motmot, Checker-throated Antwren, Piratic Flycatcher birding along the way and later on the afternoon back to your hotel.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Panama City.

"Male Black-throated Trogon""© Will and Gill Carter"

Day 3 - Plantation Trail and Old Gamboa Road.
Early birding on the Plantation Trail, named for a long overgrown cacao plantation and just on the north side of the Continental Divide with species typical of the Atlantic slope well give us the opportunity to listen to the call and look for the Slaty-tailed Trogon; Golden-crowned Spadebill, Southern Bentbill, Blue-crowned Manakin and other great forest and stream birds like the Buff-rumped Warbler. Later in the afternoon well go to the Old Gamboa Rd. also known as the Summit Pond area. A traverses areas of dry forest, scrub, grassland and natural ponds. A walk down the road will allow a great views of many species including Great Antshrike, Pale-vented Pigeons, Blue Ground-Doves, Orange Chinned Parakeets, Jet Antbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Lesser and Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Heron, Streak Saltator, Ringed, Amazon and Green Kingfishers are possible and more. Later on the afternoon back to your hotel.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Panama City.
Day 4 - Pipeline Road.
Early morning we’ll visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center (PRDC) in Pipeline rd which is a most. We’ll search for canopy specialties like Green Shrike-Vireo, Forest Elaenia, Blue Cotinga, Collared Arasari, Chesnut-mandible and Keel-billed Tucan and looking also for flying raptors and many other birds that favors the canopy. Later on the day we’ll work surrounding trails and the Pipeline Road (a secondary forest with some scrubbier areas, with many streams crossing it) will follow all day. We will heard and look for the Southern Bentbill, Pheasant Cuckoo, Green Shrike-Vireo, Grey Elaenia, Streak-chested Antpitta, Spotted Antbird, Long-billed Gnatwren, Great Jacamar and, before heading for lunch a visit to the Ammunition Ponds (marshy area), very productive during any hour of the day, we will search for the Snail Kite, White-throated Crakes, Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Variable Seedeater, Smooth-billed Ani and more. In the afternoon we will visit The Summit Gardens for Oropendolas, Caciques and Hummingbirds and time permitting visit the El Charco Trail to see the Black-breasted Jay, Collared Arasari, White-wiskered Puffbird and more.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Panama City.
Day 5 - Departure day.
After breakfast you will be assisted throughout the final procedure for departure to your next destination.

4 days tour price is: 2 pax US$1447 per person in double occupancy. 4 pax US$1017 per person in double occupancy.
Single accommodations are available for an extra charge of US$247 per person.


Tour II

Altos del María, El Valle and El Cope (Western Panamá Province) -

Areas to visit during the tour: We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Altos del Maria, El Valle de Anton, foothills above El Valle de Anton, La Mesa road, Cerro El Gaital, El Cope, El Chirú, Juan Hombron and more.
Birds: Please note that the species mentioned are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved

Itinerary
ARRIVAL DAY – Arrival at Tocumen International Airport or from your previous destination. We will meet you and drive you to the hotel in Panama City (included in the tour price).

Day 1 - Altos del María/El Valle.
Early drive to El Valle. We’ll stop for a visit en route in the Altos del Maria area, our best chances to find the Snowcap, White-tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Red-faced Spinetail and many others. Thanks to the construction of a new through-road, this barely involves a detour, so we will pass smoothly on to El Valle, where we will bird late in the day as time allows.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in El Valle.
Day 2 - Cerro Gaital/La Mesa areas.
Today we’ll work the foothills above El Valle for most of the day, hoping for local specialties such as Blue Seedeater, Orange-bellied Trogon, Slaty Antwren and many more. We’ll probably spend the afternoon around the Canopy Adventure and at La Mesa road, which might yield Tody Motmot (a 2nd spot is also possible for this one), Rufous-crested Coquette, and even maybe a staked-out Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in El Valle.

"Male Fasciated Antshrike""© Will and Gill Carter"

Day 3 - El Cope and Omar Torrijos National Park.
Today we’ll dedicate the complete day to El Cope, then return to Panama City for a final night. The journey will take about two hours each way and is on feasible thanks to a new road connecting El Valle and El Cope. In a morning here we hope to find Brown-billed Scythebill, Yellow –throated Bush-Tanager, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Stripe-breasted Wren, and the world’s accommodating Black-crowned Antpitta. Rain can come any time and in any season, so if we’re forced to bail we’ll head south to dry lowlands to El Chirú and Juan Hombron looking for Crested Bobwhite, the endemic Veraguan Mango, and a recently-discovered population of Grassland Yellow-Finch. We’ll give the areas as long as is required to maximize on the birding before returning to the city of Panama.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Panama City.
Day 4 - Departure day.
After breakfast you will be assisted throughout the final procedure for departure to your next destination.

3 days tour price is: 2 pax US$1375 per person in double occupancy. 4 pax US$957 per person in double occupancy.
Single accommodations are available for an extra charge of US$197 per person.


Tour III

Chiriqui Highlands foothills: La Amistad International Park (PILA), Talamanca Mountain Range - 5 nights/4 days

Areas to visit during the tour: We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Central Panama, including the Volcan Lakes/Rio Macho de Monte, Los Quetzales Trail, Fortuna, Santa Clara, and more.
Birds: Please note that the species mentioned are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved.

Itinerary
ARRIVAL DAY – Arrival at Tocumen International Airport or from your previous destination. We will meet you and drive you to the hotel in Panama City (included in the tour price).

Day 1 - Early flight to David Volcan Lakes /Rio Macho de Monte.
After breakfast and after arriving in David you’ll visit the Volcan Lakes a good place to get foothills species not found on the higher slopes of Cerro Punta. Some of the possibilities are the Northern Jacana, Olivaceous Piculet, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Stripe-throated Hermit, Collared Trogon and Golden-winged warbler could be found. After lunch you’ll visit Rio Macho de Monte, a canyon lined with remnant forest at about 2,500 ft A prime bird-watching area where a number of endemic species of the western Pacific lowlands can be found, including the Riverside Wren and with a decent chance of spotting Orange-collared Manakins, Fiery-billed Aracari, Red-headed Barbet, Cherries Tanager and Orange-bellied Trogons.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Volcan, Chiriquí.
Day 2 - Los Quetzales Trail.
We will go birding early to Los Quetzales Trail in the Parque Internacional La Amistad - part of the Talamanca Mountain Range - an important bird area shared with Costa Rica that protects the largest mountain forest extension in Central America and with a high concentration of endemic species. We will look for mountain forests species, such as Buffy Tuftedcheek, Ruddy Treerunner, Spotted Barbtail and Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner. Heliconias and flowers attract a variety of gorgeous hummingbirds like White-throated Mountain-Gem, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Volcano-Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird and Violet-Sabrewing. Some other species typical of the area are Yellow-thighed Finch, Large-footed Finch, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, and the globally endangered Black Guan (uncommon). Of course, we'll edicate some time to find the Resplendent Quetzal on the wild avocado trees. In the afternoon we'll try La Amistad (Friendship) International Park. We'll walk part of El Retoño trail looking for Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Prong-billed Barbet and Wrenthrush (Zeledonia).
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Volcan, Chiriquí.

"Golden-collared Manakin""© Gonzalo Horna"

Day 3 - Fortuna.
On an early start today and 2 hr drive toward Fortuna at the western highlands of Panama, on the eastside of the Baru Volcano. A part of a hydro-electric plant in which 20 thousands hectares were set aside as a hydrographic basin for the artificial lake created for the project and one of the finest places in Panama to enjoy nature and peaceful birding. Located on, this area is home of globally endangered species like Umbrellabirds (R) and Three-wattled Bellbirds (R), Blue and Gold Tanager, Yellow- eared Toucanet, Black-bellied Hummingbird, White-bellied Montain-gem, Ashy-throated Bush Tanager. We’ll dedicate the complete day to the area.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Volcan, Chiriquí.
Day 4 - Santa Clara.
On an early start drive toward Santa Clara, birding all the way. Some of the birds to look for are Roadside Hawks, Cattle Egret, Bat Falcons, Yellow-headed Caracaras and Double-toothed Kites. The road is good for foothills species not found around Volcan. We'll visit Finca Hartman near the small town of Santa Clara. This is a bird friendly shade-grown coffee farm with remnant of rainforest trees, pre-mountain and highland forest that serve as a buffer zone to Parque Internacional La Amistad. At elevations of between 4000-6000 ft there are a number of accessible dirt roads that pass through many habitats excellent for birding. This is a good place in Panama to find the Turquoise Cotinga, White-crested Coquette, Fiery-billed Aracari, White-tailed Emerald, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Smoky-brown Woodpecker and many others. We'll have lunch at the Farm. In the afternoon, on our way back to Cerro Punta, if time permits, we will stop and visit an area called New Switzerland, looking for Flame-coloured Tanager, Yellow-winged Vireo and many Warblers. We will try our luck for the Red-headed Barbet.
Afternoon return flight to Panama City.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Hotel in Panama City.
Day 5 - Departure day.
After breakfast you will be assisted throughout the final procedure for departure to your next destination.

4 days tour price is: 2 pax US$1648 per person in double occupancy. 4 pax US$1308 per person in double occupancy.
Single accommodations are available for an extra charge of US$277 per person.


Tour IV

Eastern Panama, Darien Lowlands and Cerro Azul - 5 nights/4 days

Areas to visit during the tour: We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Bayano, San Francisco Reserve, Peñas Blancas trail, Inland Darien: El Salto Road, Lago Filo de Tallo Reserve, Bayano Bridge and Trails, Cerro Azul and more.
Birds: Please note that the species mentioned are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved.

Itinerary
ARRIVAL DAY – Arrival at Tocumen International Airport or from your previous destination. We will meet you and drive you to the hotel in Panama City (included in the tour price).

Day 1 - Bayano.
Note: In Darien birding sites are spread out a bit, and some extensive drive time is unavoidable, but you will get a great a taste of South American species.
Early morning long drive to Darien. We’ll stop en route to take breakfast, birding at roadside areas along Lago Bayano, the Inter-American highway, stopping at Bayano Bridge and various trails. Expect see the Red-throated Caracara, Barred Puffbird, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Jet Antbird, Black-striped Woodcreeper, Band-rumped Swift, Pied Water-Tyrant, Jet Antbird, Striated Heron, Black-collared Hawk, American Kestrel, Giant Cowbird, White-flanked Antwren, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Olive Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, White-eared Conebill, Black-billed Flycatcher and One-colored Becard are possible. During the afternoon after checking in to Hotel Torti, we’ll continue birding at Torti Arriba, where we might find Black Antshrike, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird and the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (uncommon), Orange-crowned Oriole and birds we have missed early during the day.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Torti.
Day 2 - San Francisco Reserve and Peñas Blancas.
After breakfast and a short drive we’ll be birding the San Francisco Private Reserve close to Torti. Passing through pastures, younger second growth with scrubs, creeks and taller secondary forest look for the King Vulture, Gray-cheek Nunlet, Collared Forest-Falcon, Golden-collared Manakin, White-headed and Stripe-throated Wren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Yellow-backed Tanager, White-fronted Nunbird, Rufous and Broad-billed Motmot. In the afternoon a visit to the Peñas Blancas road can yield us Mealy Amazon Parrot, Piratic Flycatcher, Pied Puffbird, Common Black Hawk, Smooth and Greater-billed Ani, Turkey Vulture, Semiplumbeus Hawk, Plumbeus Kite and Laughing Falcon. Afternoon ride to Meteti east on the Inter-American highway and cross into the Darien frontier.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Meteti.

"Rufescent Tiger-Heron""© Tony Hepburn"

Day 3 - Inland Darien and Filo de Tallo Reserve.
We’ll set off very early heading east on the Inter-American highway and cross into the Darien frontier. Our first stop is a nice patch of lowland forest that is home to Double-banded Graytail, Golden-headed Manakin, Bare-crowned Antbird, and Orange-crowned Oriole among others. Even farther east we’ll drive a farm road, that has a resident population of the intriguing Black-capped Donacobius, plus such gems as Gray-breasted Crake and Large-billed Seed-Finch. And a roadside stop even farther into the frontier has yielded Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-fronted Nunbird, Golden-green Woodpecker and Spot-crowned Barbet. This will be a long day, but well worth the effort. After lunch visit the Reserva Filo de Tallo good place to get foothills species not found on the lowland. On the way we may see the Lesser Yellow-headed vulture. The Forest Elaenia, Mangrove Cuckoo, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker**, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Olivaceous Woodcreeper. The first part of the trail, until the first creek, is full of Heliconias patches producing the Long-billed, Stripe-throated, Pale-bellied, Rufous-breasted Hermit and the Band-tailed Barbthroat. In the afternoon we’ll head back west birding along the way until Torti.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging in Torti.
Day 4 - Lago Bayano Trails and Cerro Azul.
We'll go back to Panama city looking for birds, that eluded us the days before along the Inter-Americana highway stopping at Lago Bayano trails and Bayano Bridge. Puffbirds, Caracaras, Antbirds, Tanagers, Hawks and more to add to the list. Around midday we should be heading to our next destination in the private housing development at Cerro Azul. The high elevation guarantees cool weather, so a mid-day arrival won’t adversely affect our chances of seeing the key birds. A stop at a private home with excellent feeders should yield us the region-specific Violet-capped Hummingbird, as well as the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker. A bit of hiking in areas of cloud forest might yield us mixed flocks that include Speckled and Rufous-winged Tanagers, and we might encounter Black-eared Wood-Quail or Yellow-eared Toucanet, Bay-headed, Rufous-winged, Siler Throated Tanagers anywhere. In the late afternoon we’ll skirt around Panama City to reach our hotel where a fine dinner awaits.
We will have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Hotel in Panama City.
Day 5 - Departure day.
After breakfast you will be assisted throughout the final procedure for departure to your next destination.

Note: N.B.: Visiting the Darien can be a bit tricky, as the presence in the extreme eastern and coastal portion of Colombian narco-traficantes makes the Panamanian border police very nervous about the safety of tourists. We will be visiting areas well-away from any danger, but even so may find ourselves turned away as we go farther east, so we’ll always have a “Plan B”-- there are many good sites to bird. A lot of the remaining forest in the region belongs the indigenous Kuna and Embera peoples, so in case we have to make use of this contingency plan, we will hire a local fellow to help us navigate the protocols to gain access to the best areas. The birding will be excellent no matter where we go, and any additional time west might actually earn us some species that can be missed in the east, so this is a win-win situation! Note: Don’t expect luxury. The Darien lowland lodging will be rustic, but clean and safe. No hot water but air condition in rooms available. Traditional meals of rice, fruits, plantains, chicken or fish, will be at the only restaurant-fonda in town.

4 days tour price is: 2 pax US$1482 per person in double occupancy. 4 pax US$1198 per person in double occupancy.
Single accommodations are available for an extra charge of US$197 per person.

BIRDING TOUR-DATE 08/12/2016 - 08/18/2016 Starting from Panama city... ending in Panama city August 12-18, 2016 (-- spaces available) TOUR PRICE 1,952.00 usd per person, minimum two persons in double occupancy 7 days 6 nights all included. Included: English/Spanish bird guide with fieldscope and the latest Panama fieldguide, pickup and drop off to your next destination Tocumen Airport/ or Panama City hotel, road transportation, lodging (From DAY 1 to DAY 7), and National Park fees and meals. Go Back Not Included in tour price: 7% government tax, items of personal nature, airport departure tax, or international airfare, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. A deposit is require upon booking a trip. Balance due minimum 30 days prior to Day 1.
Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Included:
English/Spanish bird guide with field scope and the latest Panama field guide, pick up and drop off Tucomen Airport/Panama City hotel, transportation, lodging, meals and park entrance fees.
Excluded:
Gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, airport departure tax, or international airfare.

If food is not specified, it is not included in the trip price.

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking a trip. Balance due minimum 30 days prior to departure.


Notes:
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
The Birding by Boat Tour: a day tour to cover fresh water river-lake, swamps and savanna birds.
Minimum lead time 1 months.
Contact us for details
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Notes:
Fitness - Easy to moderate hiking is require. For birders with moderate limitations we are able to make a special itinerary. Either way, birders will have a fantastic opportunity to views an impressive number of bird species, and the experience will be an enjoyable one.
Clothing - Dress for hot and humid tropical weather and be prepare for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts and t-shirts (earth colors preferable), long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, an extra pair or sandals, hat, insect repellent and sun block.
Gear - Binoculars, scope, field guide, notebook and camera.

Should you only need a guide for a day or need more information please send a message to Gonzalo.
   

Birding guide 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.

Testimorial.

Our birding trip with you was great. You were knowledgeable about the individual birds and where to find them, as well as being a most gracious host. Our accomodations in Achiote and Gamboa were excellent. We enjoyed the rural atmosphere and food in Achiote and, well, Ivan's B and B was wonderful. Please give Ivan and his family our regards. While birding in both Achiote and Gamboa was excellent, Marlin would have liked to spend more time in Achiote than in Gamboa. On leaving you, we went to the Canopy Tower. That evening we birded at the munitions depot where we saw a Rail. The next day we spent most of the morning in the tower, then. Future birding at the tower included most of the places, we had been at with you, we decided to join another couple and go to the Canopy Lodge. We were there three days and two nights. Each day were birded all morning (and then some) as well as three to four hours in the afternoon, seeing many different birds at that higher elevation.
Thank you for giving us such a wonderful tour of the Panama city area and such a comprehensive overview of the history of Panama, as well as the opportunity to see the workings of the Panama Canal lock system.
All in all, it was a memorable adventure and birding trip and you helped make it special.
Marlin and Anita Jones, Iowa marlinjones28(AT)gmail.com
Gonzalo, Thank you so much for your expert guidance!
David Jordet, New York, 2008. sailbirder(AT)yahoo.com
We all really appreciated the time and effort that you put into showing us the birds of the Gamboa and Achiote Road areas.
Barbara, Kathleen, Don, Howie, Dave, Dennis, Carol, Rob, Melissa, Miriam and Eva Callahan, 2008. "The -noisy- group!
evamsc(AT)verizon.net

Some facts about Panama.

Panama is a land to be discovered. Other thinks To Do besides birding: Panama City Tour, Panama Canal Cruise, Indian Village visit, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, Sport Fishing, Sailing, Surfing, Golf, Shopping.
Weather: Days are warm to hot, nights much cooler; temperatures range from 32C (90F) during the daytime to 21C (70F) in the evening practically year-round. Humidity is always high at about 80 percent. The rainy season takes place between May and November, and summer season from December to April. Birding is all year round.
Panama is a narrow land bridge connecting North and South America. The Panama Canal, built by the United States after Panama's independence from Colombia in 1903, joins the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1999 Panama assumed full control of the Panama Canal.
Industry: food processing, chemicals, machinery and metal products and textiles.
Agriculture: coffee, bananas, sugarcane, cotton; beef and veal.
Population: 3,232,000
Capital: Panama City (930,000 population)
Area: 75,517 square kilometers (29,157 square miles)
Language: Spanish and English
Religion: Roman Catholic and Protestant
Currency: The Balboa = US dollar
Life Expectancy: 74
GDP per Capita: U.S. $6,200
Literacy Percent: 93

More facts about Panama.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

A Guide to the Birds of Panama, by Robert S. Ridgely and John A. Gwynne, Jr.

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