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BEST PANAMA BIRDING

BEST PANAMA BIRDING - 350-500 SPECIES at VARIOUS HABITATS -10DAYS
+ 4 DAYS DARIEN JUNGLE EXTENSION

For most of the people Panama is known only for the engineering Wonder of the World that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans: the Panama Canal. But birders and other nature enthusiasts during the last decades have started to discover the vast natural and cultural wonders that Panama has to offer.

Within its small area it contains a great variety of tropical habitats, including Pacific mangrove wetlands, Caribbean coral reefs, dry tropical forests, wet rainforests, all the way to mountain cloudforests with their moss-laden, orchid-covered trees. These various tropical ecosystems harbor an incredible diversity of colorful flowers, a wide array of wild mammals, incredible insect diversity and many more. There are close to 1000 species of birds; that is more than the total number of species found in the whole Europe or USA and Canada combined! Fortunately more than one-third of the country’s territory is protected, ensuring for future generations and various local indigenous tribes as well to enjoy wildlife at tropical environments.

Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America with modern infrastructure which helps to have a hassle-free visit of this hidden tropical paradise.



Accommodation

  • 4 nights close to Panama City
  • 2 nights at Bocas del Torro
  • 3 nights at La Amistad
  • Extension:
  • 3 nights at Darien Jungle


Departure Dates

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Price


Ask for the actual price.
Our price includes:

  • all travel as noted in the itinerary;
  • all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);
  • 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);
  • services of the leader(s);
  • trip materials.


Not included:

  • flights to and from Budapest;
  • optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;
  • airport and other departure taxes, tips;
  • food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;
  • excess baggage charges;
  • telephone calls;
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • compulsory personal insurance.


If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Lots of onsite wildlife observing possibilities
  • Weather generally favourable


Itinerary

 

 

DAY HABITATS & SPECIES
1
Arrival to Panama City, Panama
transfer to your hotel, first 4 nights close to Panama City
2
Metropolitan Nature Park / Panama City Wetlands
French Quarter and Old Panama City
Species: Lance-tailed Manakin, Rosy Thrush-tanager, Orange-billed Sparrow, Rufous-and-white Wren, Blue-crowned Motmot, White-bellied Antbird, endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Neotropical Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, White Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-herons, Collared Plovers, Gull-billed Terns, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstones
3
Hike along the Rainforests of Pipeline Road; Soberanía National Park: birds, mammals, butterflies, tropical plants
Species: Dot-winged and White-flanked Antwrens, Fasciated and Western-slaty Antshrike, Plain Xenops, Olivaceous Flatbill, Black-tailed Flycatcher, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Spotted, Bicolored, and Ocellated Antbirds, Northern-barred, Plain-brown & Black-striped Woodcreepers, Gray-headed Tanager, White-whiskered Puffbird, elusive Streak-chested Antpitta
4
Achiote Road –amazing area regularly having 300-plus bird lists in a 24-hr period at Christmas Bird Counts, Caribbean slope specialties and rarities
Species: Black-headed Saltator, Bare-crowned Antbird, Bay Wren, Spot-crowned Barbet, White-headed Wren, Gatun Dam: Red-breasted Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Black-Hawk
5
Plantation Road - Soberania National Park
Species: Black-chested Jays, Black-breasted Puffbirds, Purple-throated Fruitcrows, White Hawk, Bat Falcon, Black Hawk-eagle, King Vulture Caribbean side: Chestnut-Mandibled Toucans, White-Tailed Trogon, Pied Puffbird, Brown-hooded Parrot
Travel to Western Panama, 2nights at Bocas del Torro
6
Cerro Azul/Cerro Jefe foothills of Chagres National Park
Species: Rufous-crested Coquette, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, White-tipped Sicklebill, endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker Cerro Jefe: Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant, Spotted Woodcreeper, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-and-Yellow, Bay-headed, Rufous-winged, and Olive Tanagers, Tacarcuna Bush-tanager
Travel and stay 3 nights at La Amistad
7
La Amistad Biosphere Reserve - Talamanca Range
Species: myriad hummingbirds, brightly colored tanagers, the gorgeous Resplendent Quetzal, Silver-throated Tanager, Black-faced Solitaire, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-thrush, Magnificent Hummingbird
8
Santa Clara Foothills visit a local shade-grown coffee plantation
Species: Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Red-faced Spinetail, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Fiery-billed Aracari, Turquoise Cotinga
9
Search for Quetzals at the Baru Volcano National Park
Species: Buffy Tufted-cheek, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Sooty-capped Bush-tanager, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Large-footed Finch, White-throated Mountain-gem, Stripe-tailed, Scintillant, Volcano Hummingbirds
David Airport:Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Jacana, Brown-throated Parakeet, Black-bellied Wren
10
Departure
11
Arrival

EXTENSION – 4 days at Darien Jungle
10
Travel to Darien
boat-travel through Punta Patiño Ramsar area
Species: Bare-throated Tiger heron, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Golden-headed Manakin, Jet Antbird, Striped Cuckoo
11
First full day in the Darien jungle
Species: Great Antshrike, Long-billed Starthroat, Orange-Crowned Oriole, Great Jacamar, Sirystes, Harpy Eagle
12
Birding & fascinating culture of Emberá people
Species: forest-falcons, toucans, Great Tinamous, Black-tailed Trogon, Red-throated Caracara, White-fronted Nunbird, One-colored Becard, Giant Cowbird, Black Oropendula
13
Travel back to Panama City, birding en route
Species: Pied Water-tyrant, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Darien sub-species of Bay Wren, Amazon Kingfisher, Cocoi Heron, Mangrove Black Hawk
14
Departure - Travel to the airport
Depending on the flight schedule we might stop for a last birding: Species: Pale-breasted Spinetail, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Southern Lapwing
15
Arrival

 

 

Panama

For most of the people Panama is known only for the engineering Wonder of the World that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans: the Panama Canal. But birders and other nature enthusiasts during the last decades have started to discover the vast natural and cultural wonders that Panama has to offer.

Within its small area it contains a great variety of tropical habitats, including Pacific mangrove wetlands, Caribbean coral reefs, dry tropical forests, wet rainforests, all the way up to mountain cloudforests with their moss-laden, orchid-covered trees. Add a maze of waterways among smaller and larger tropical islands with their unique flora and fauna. These various tropical ecosystems harbor an incredible diversity of colorful flowers, a wide array of wild mammals, incredible insect diversity, colourful amphibians and reptiles and many more.

Regarding the avifauna imagine that there are close to 1000 species of birds; that is more than the total number of species found in the whole Europe or USA and Canada combined! All that is at a relatively small area, thus it means a very high biodiversity. Fortunately more than one-third of the country’s territory is protected, ensuring for future generations and various local indigenous tribes as well to enjoy wildlife at tropical environments for long time.

Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America with modern infrastructure which helps to have a hassle-free visit of this hidden tropical paradise.

It is quite incredible that even the modern capital city is fantastic for birding, especially during Raptor Migration, when you can enjoy various thousand of birds passing daily, well, actually it can be hundreds of thousands or even a million! Once we were lucky enough to witness 1.2 million raptors passing in front of us and above within a couple of hours! The most famous tropical birding areas are also just outside of Panama City.

We made our first tour more than a decade ago and since then we have returned several times. The below itinerary just a sample, we can provide several different itineraries depending on your interest and focus of habitats and species.