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'Easy Birding in Panama'

What makes this trip special?

Stay in a converted US military radar tower

Stay in a converted US military radar tower

Canopy Tower

Primarily for birdwatchers, Canopy Tower takes prime position in Soberania National Park. With experienced local bird guides and daily birding excursions, you can reasonably hope to see 250-300 species in a week.

Comfortable birders countryside retreat

Comfortable birders countryside retreat

Canopy Lodge

A charming lodge with bird-friendly gardens, set in the moutain valley town of El Valle. Resident bird guides take guest on twice daily birdwatching excursions in the vicinity.

Itinerary map for Panama 'Easy Birding in Panama' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Soberania NP
  • 2 Soberania NP
  • 3 Soberania NP
  • 4 Soberania NP
  • 5 Soberania NP
  • 6 Soberania NP
  • 7 Soberania NP
  • 8 El Valle
  • 9 El Valle
  • 10 El Valle
  • 11 El Valle
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Easy Birding in Panama'

DAY 1
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arrive Panama City, to Canopy Tower

You will be met on arrival in Panama City and transferred to the Canopy Tower in the Soberanía National Park (45mins). Here you stay for 7 nights on full board basis including daily excursions with experienced English speaking local bird guides shared with other guests (max group size is 8 participants) During a week long stay a birder can hope to see up to 275-307 species. The hill-top lodge is built within a metal skinned, former radar tower. The upper level dining area and flat roof make excellent platforms from which to find elusive canopy birds. Some bedrooms have private bathrooms, others share bathrooms. Due to plumbing limitations all guests are encouraged to have only rapid "military style" showers. Rooms have fans and windows looking out into the forest trees. The tower makes a particular popular location to visit during the peak raptor migration season (typically: 15 Oct - 10 Nov)

DAY 2
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Soberania National Park

Birdwatching at Semaphore Hill and on the Planation Trail.

DAY 3
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Morning birding the Summit Pond. Afternoon birding the Old Gamboa Rd.

DAY 4
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Morning birding the first section of the Pipeline Road. Afternoon birding in Summit Garden and Harpy Eagle Exhibit.

DAY 5
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Morning birding at Ammo Dump Pond. Afternoon birding at Chagres River, Evening night tour Owling

DAY 6
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Full day birding the second half of the Pipeline Road

DAY 7
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Birding round up day or visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center of the Panama Canal, (just 20 minutes from the Tower).

DAY 8
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Depart Panama or extension to Canopy Lodge, El Valle de Anton

Leisurely breakfast and some final birding from the Observation Deck of the Canopy Tower before you are either: - transferred to the International Airport for your chosen flight home - driven (2hrs) to Canopy Lodge at El Valle de Anton for a 4 night extension on a full board basis with shared daily birding excursions locally. Canopy Lodge is a modern lodge with stylish rooms locatedin a small birdfriendly garden beside a mountain stream and adjacent to the protected area of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument. It is your base for the next four nights. Rest of the day birding the Western foothills along the Cariguana Trail.

DAY 9
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a.m. birding Cerro Gaital Trail p.m. exploring the trail around a local waterfall for Dull-mantled Antbird, Tawny-crested and Dusky-faced tanagers, Bananaquits, Green and Little Hermits.

DAY 10
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a.m. birding Chorro Macho Trails p.m. visit the private gardens of a local birder who maintains well-attended bird feeders attracting Flame-rumped Tanager, White-lined Tanager as well as Buff-throated Saltator, Black-striped Sparrow, Blue-crowned Motmot, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Giant Cowbirds and Chestnut-headed Oropendolas.

DAY 11
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Birding El Chiru forest and La Zamia Trail

DAY 12
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return to Panama City for your chosen international flight home

Guide prices for 'Easy Birding in Panama'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
green season (16 Apr-17 Oct) 2 people sharing £2,665
high season (15 Dec-15 Apr) 2 people sharing £3,915
migration season (18 Oct-04 Nov) 2 people sharing £3,085
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Panama
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • shared excursions with resident naturalist guides
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Easy Birding in Panama'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 95%

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Canopy Tower

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San Blas Islands lovely and an eye -opener into people's lives there. The Los Quetzales Trail was just as we hoped.

Seasonal information for 'Easy Birding in Panama'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
2 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
3 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
4 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
5 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
6 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
7 Soberania NP 29°C rainfall 51mm
8 El Valle 28°C rainfall 36mm
9 El Valle 28°C rainfall 36mm
10 El Valle 28°C rainfall 36mm
11 El Valle 28°C rainfall 36mm

Typical weather for January

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

Hotels for 'Easy Birding in Panama'

Days 1 - 7

Canopy Tower

Semaphore Hill
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Average rating 5.0 (6 ratings)

Canopy Tower is a substantial round metal tower built by the US military as a radar station. It is situated on the top of Semaphore Hill within the Soberenia National Park. The tower's five levels offer different views of the forest around it.

Most overnight guests stay on the second floor, located right in the middle of the canopy, 28 feet (8.5 meters) above the ground. All double occupancy rooms have private facilities though due to the difficulty of plumbing the radar tower guests are encouraged to just take rapid "military style" hot showers.

Single rooms share bathroom facilities.

The top floor is used as the main dining and lounge area, and is completely surrounded by panoramic windows. There are super views across the forest from the roof terrace above.

Note: lots of stairs (no lift). This is a dedicated birdwatchers lodge with a minimum stay requirement of 3 nights.

They have their own specialist bird guides which can be booked on a shared or a private basis.

Canopy Tower
Days 8 - 11

Canopy Lodge

El Valle
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Average rating 5.0 (3 ratings)

A countryside retreat mainly for birdwatchers. This is a comfortable relaxing hotel with spacious, stylish bedrooms.  

Well stocked fruit tables and hummingbird feeds ensure a constant stream of birds visiting the garden.

Resident bird guides take guests on twice daily birdwatching excursions in the local vicinity.

Canopy Lodge