Birding the Darien

Intrepid bird watching in one of the most out-of-the-way locations in the tropics, yielding some remarkable birds


'Birding the Darien'

What makes this trip special?

Darién World Biosphere Reserve

Darién World Biosphere Reserve

Cana field station

Remote and accessible only by chartered light aircraft, the Cana Field Station is well regarded for its rich birdlife.

Old Gold Mine Trail

Old Gold Mine Trail

Mine Trail, Cana Field Station

Originally served as a route to get gold from the mines back to headquarters, today it provides an accessible pathway through wild jungle and open scrub areas, with a number of bird species to be seen.

Remote Wilderness

Remote Wilderness

Pirre Cloud Forest

A slow and fairly strenous 5 hour hike leads you to the pristine wilderness of the Pirre Cloud Forest. Overnight accommodation is in screened tents under a tin roof in the forest clearing.

Rural Life & Community Projects

Rural Life & Community Projects

Northwest of Leon

Learn about Nicaragua's culture and traditions in rural villages, along the way visit a community run project created in response to the intense child poverty which arose in the 1980s and today cares for over 400 lively children.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Birding the Darien'


Cana field station

From Panama City by chartered light plane to Santa Cruz de Cana, in Darién World Biosphere Reserve below Pirre Mountain, for 2 nights at the Cana Field Centre (1600ft), double rooms in wood cabins, shared bathrooms, hot water. Specialities include Blue and Gold, Red-and-green, Great-green and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Black tipped Cotinga, Swallow Tanager, Red-throated Caracara, Streaked Antwren, Dusky-backed Jacamar, and Ornate Hawk-Eagle.


Mine Trail

Today explore the Mine Trail from Cana FC. Specialities here include Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Dusky-faced Tanager, Olivaceous Piculet. Bird the Seteganti Trail’s open scrub areas and mature forests–good for various woodpeckers (such as Crimson-bellied and Red-rumped), Red-billed Scythebill and Brown Violetear.


Pirre cloud forest

A slow fairly strenuous 5hr hike to Pirre Cloud Forest at 4200ft, good for specialities such as Beautiful Treerunner, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Slaty Antwren, Tody Motmot, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Immaculate Antbird, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo, Pirre Warbler, Pirre Hummingbird, Pirre Bush Tanager, Greenish Puffleg, and Orange-bellied Euphonia. On to the top of Pirre Mountain for Golden-headed Quetzal, Gray and Gold and other tanagers, Sharpbill, Chlorophonia and other highland species. Night in screened tents under a tin roof in a forest clearing.


Morning descent, birding along the way. The afternoon is spent birding around the main camp. Possibilities include Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Spotted Barbtail, Barred Puffbird, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Jet Antbird, Black-crowned, Fulvous-bellied, Ochre-breasted and Scaled Antpittas, White-fronted Nunbird, Cinereous Becard and Golden-headed Manakin. Overnight Cana field station.


Panama City

This morning, after some last minute birding from the Cana airstrip back to Albrook airport in Panama City where the tour ends.

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Customer reviews for 'Birding the Darien'

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This type of tour suits us well. We are less agile than we were and we could pace ourselves. The places were well chosen but above all our enthusiasm is connected with the excellence of our guide. He was a pleasure to travel with, I hope we may do so again.

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Seasonal information for 'Birding the Darien'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Darien NP 30°C rainfall 30mm
2 Darien NP 30°C rainfall 30mm
3 Pirre Cloud Forest 28°C rainfall 36mm
4 Darien NP 30°C rainfall 30mm
5 Panama City 31°C rainfall 43mm

Typical weather for January

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

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