Birdwatching in Panama
Cerro Azul – Darien – Torti – Gamboa – Summit Gardens – Pipeline Road – Metropolitan Park
This Panama birding package takes you to two main areas, the Canal Zone and Torti in Darien. Panama is rich in flora and fauna and is a top birding destination. Due to its location Panama has a tropical environment and it has many typical Neotropical birds like toucans, mot-mots, wood creepers, ant-birds, cotingas, jacamars, tinamous and a plethora of tanagers, honeycreepers, parrots, tanagers and many more. There is also a chance to see a mega bird like the Harpy Eagle and mammals such as Ocelot and Tapir in this birdwatching package in Panama.
The first birding spot you will visit is Torti, a world-class birding zone. Then you will have several days at the Canal Zone forest National Parks which are very rich in bird life. From Gamboa Rainforest Lodge you will visit Pipeline Road which runs through wet forest in Soberania National Park. You will also visit Cerro Azul to see the hummingbird feeders and the Metropolitan Park to watch other birds and animals. This birdwatching package will give you an unforgettable experience due to its short distances, excellent infrastructure and outstanding wildlife.
Tour Program (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Starts: January 7, 2019
Ends: January 15, 2019
January 7: Arrival
Our Panama birding package begins with an evening orientation at our hotel. Night in Panama City.
January 8: Cerro Azul and Darien
Our first destination is Cerro Azul, where we take in the hummingbird feeders which are often highly productive and may include a couple of species we will not find anywhere else, between those birds is the Violet-capped Hummingbird. After this visit we continue to Darien for a three night stay.
January 9 and 10: Days in Torti
The hotel in Torti is located in a world class bird watching area and is quickly becoming one of the main bird watching sites in all of Panama.
The forest around Torti is part of a biological corridor that unites the species of the east and the west, the Pacific and the Caribbean, and is located in an area between the lowlands and Piedmont regions.
It is an important area for birds, with many endemic species from the lowlands and highlands of Darien. It has excellent feeders for hummingbirds including species that are not found anywhere else, such as Starthroat Long-billed and Scaly-breasted Hummingbird and it is very close to excellent bird watching spots with a lot of species that are not farther west, such as Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Unicolored Becard, Sirystes, Barred Puff bird and Golden-headed Manakin, and other species that are rare in other parts of Panama, such as Speckled Mourner. The list of birds increases every year: they include several species of hummingbirds such as the Stripe-throated Hermit, the Garden Emerald and the Black-throated Mango; parrots including Mealy, Brown-hooded and Blue-headed; toucans such as the yellow-eared toucan and the keel-billed toucan; Tanagers such as Golden-hooded and Sulphur-rumped, and rare and surprising species such as Black-faced and Black-headed Antthrush, and Black-crowned and Streak-chested Antpittas. Overnight in Torti.
January 11: Transfer to Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Today we will transfer you to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for a three night stay.
January 12 and 13: Summit Gardens and Pipeline Road
Located in the immense tropical forest of Soberania National Park, on the banks of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, is the magnificent Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The rooms with balcony have hammocks and views of the river. This is an area rich in bird species, including 3 species of forest hawks, 16 species of hummingbirds, Chesnut-mandibled toucan, Great Jacamar, masked Tityra, Bright-Rumped Attila, Broad-billed and Rufous Motmots, Blue Cotinga, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Brownish Flycatcher (Twistwing), Plumbeous and Semiplumbeous Hawks, Great Black Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Eagle, Green Shrike-Vireo, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Spectacled Owl, Black-chested Jay and many antbirds, woodcreepers, puffbirds and trogons. Mammals include Three-toed and Two-toed Sloths, White-faced Capuchin and Agoutis.
Old Gamboa Road passes through scrubby and secondary growth habitat as well as pastures and other open country areas. Possibilities include Red-naped (Geoffroy’s) Tamarin monkeys and Central American Agoutis, along with Lance-tailed Manakin, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Orange-billed Sparrow, Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous-and-white Wren (a fine singer), Rufous-breasted Wren, three species of greenlets, and Green Honeycreeper are some we look for as well as a Panamanian endemic, Yellow-green Tyrannulet. Both Jet and White-bellied Antbirds occur in brushy thickets, and other interesting birds in this area include Scrub Greenlet and White-necked Puffbird.
We should also see raptors; Gray-headed and Swallow-tailed Kites, Short-tailed and White Hawks and King Vulture are also frequently seen.
Pipeline Road starts out in scrubby mature secondary tropical moist forest with patches of primary forest, eventually merging into primary forest. This legendary place ranks as one of the finest birding areas in the neotropics, and daily tallies can be very impressive: tanagers, woodcreepers, antbirds, toucans, puffbirds including black-breasted and pied, and much more. We concentrate on those goodies that we haven’t already found, and with luck we may find Rufous-fronted Wood Quail or Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo. If we find an army ant swarm, then attendant ant-followers could include Spotted, Bicolored, Ocellated and Chestnut-backed Antbirds. Manakins include Golden-collared, Blue-crowned and Red-capped, trogons include Slaty-tailed, Gartered and Black-throated, and woodpeckers include Cinnamon, Black-cheeked, Crimson-crested and Lineated Woodpecker. Nights at Gamboa Lodge.
January 14: Return to Panama City and Metropolitan Park
We leave Gamboa Rainforest Resort and return to Panama City. We visit the Metropolitan Park, 260 hectares of Pacific dry forest, which hosts many interesting birds and mammals, including the Geoffroy’s tamarin monkeys of Geoffroy and Agoutis of Central America. Between the species we could see are: Lance-tailed Manakin, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Orange-billed Sparrow, Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous-and-white Wren and Green Honeycreeper and the opportunity to find the Yellow-green Tyrannulet. The park is famous for being very "birdy" and we should accumulate a lot here. Overnight in the city of Panama.
January 15: Departure home
Your birdwatching package in Panama ends this morning. The hotel will provide breakfast and transfer to the airport at the appropriate time, depending on each person's departure flights.
The reservation will not be confirmed until you have accepted our confirmation of the price and availability of the tour.
The cancellation of the program must be done 6 working days prior to the beginning of the tour to avoid charges. If you cancel your reservation in less than 6 working days, charges may be applied to your credit card or you may be considered a no show.
No refund is possible for no shows.
Our Price Includes
- All accommodations. Good and modern accommodation in Panama City; excellent accommodation at Gamboa Rainforest Lodge; basic hotel in Torti.
- All meals.
- Ground transportation.
- Guides – 1 guide with 4 to 8 pax, 2 guides with 9 to 12 pax.
- All park, conservation and entrance fees.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
This Package Does Not Include
- Flights to and from Panama City.
- Travel Insurance.
- Items of a personal nature.
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Birdwatching in Panama
Double: US$ 3,150
Single Supplement: US$ 550