The program also includes, a short visit to the Panama Canal, scenic viewpoints, and other points of interest. These are full day tours led by a bilingual professional guide with good eyes and fully equipped. At slow pace there are opportunities to photograph birds, butterflies or common wildlife. The extension to Darién lowlands is perfect for those with an adventure spirit and looking to see a Harpy Eagle in the wild.
Day 1: Welcome to Panama. Upon arrival to the Tocumen International airport in Panama City you will be met by your guide to be transferred to your hotel, surrounded by nature and with easy access to the Panama Canal Rainforest Night: (Canal Area).
Day 2: Pipeline Road and Old Gamboa Road. This morning we will take you to the famous Pipeline Road, in search of the birds of the Panama Canal rainforest. We'll walk the moist forests of Pipeline looking for adding different trogons, manakins, toucans and parrots on the list. Many fruit eaters are commonly seen at Pipeline, this includes Collared Aracaris, Chestnut-mandible Toucan, Purple-throated Fruitcrows and more.
We will have a picnic lunch at the Summit Gardens. In the Afternoon we'll explore the more semidecidious forests of the Panama Canal (Old Gamboa Road) looking for Spectacle Owls, Fascinated Antshrike and Blue-crowned Motmot. We'll scan the Summit Ponds for Kingfishers and nesting Boat-billed Night-Herons. Night: (Canal Area)
Day 3: Metropolitan Park and the Panama Canal. With a list of 267 bird species, the Metro Park is the largest tropical forest park within the limits of a Latin American City. Besides looking for spectacular Violaceous Trogons, Pheasant Cuckoos and White-necked Puffbirds we’ll have bird-eyes views of Panama City's towering skyline from a look out at the Metropolitan Park. In the afternoon when many ships are transiting will have a visit to the new Panama Canal visitor center and its museum. Night: (Canal Area).
Day 4: Achiote Road - Atlantic Side of the Canal. An early start will put us on Achiote Road, a Hot Spot for diurnal raptors and specialties such as Spot-crowned Barbet, Pied Puffbird and King Vulture. We’ll visit the Trogon Trail, a short loop under evergreen forest to look for Plumbeous Hawk and Black-tailed Trogon. Optional Return by train, the ocean to ocean railroad follows a path across the Isthmus of Panama. The line passes the Panama Canal through lush rainforests, the Canal’s locks and the Gatun Lake. Night: (Canal Area).
Day 5: Cerro Azul Foothills. North east of Panama City is Cerro Azul Foothills, contiguous to the Chagres National Park. These foothills are very good to find species not found in the canal corridor. We'll go in search of White-tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-crested Coquette and Yellow-eared Toucanet. In the afternoon we'll go around Cerro Jefe, excellent to find specialties of Eastern Panama, such as Tacarcuna Bush-Tanagers and Russet-crowned Quail-Dove. Night: (Canal Area).
Day 6: Chiriqui Highlands - Western Panama. We'll leave early in the morning for the Albrook domestic airport in Panama city to go to the Western Highlands (one hour flight), upon arrival at the David airport in Chiriqui, we will be met and transferred to the Volcan Baru foothills; to look for a variety of Western foothill tanagers, such as Bay-headed Tanager, Silvery-throated Tanager and Speckled Tanagers. Lunch will be in a local restaurant at the town of Volcan. We’ll visit hummingbird feeders were we will see more than 10 species at the same time. Night: Chiriqui Highlands.
Day 7: Chiriqui Highlands - Quetzales Trail. This day your guide will help you to spot a Resplendent Quetzal in the wild, at this time of the year there are 90% of chances to find several of them. In the afternoon we'll try La Amistad (Friendship) International Park, we'll go to our spots to find important highland endemics such as Silvery-fronted Tapaculo and Wrenthrush (Zeledonia). Night: Chiriqui Highlands
Day 8: Chiriqui Highlands - Finca Hartmman. We'll visit Finca Hartman near the small town of Santa Clara. This is a shaded-grown coffee farm, under remnant rainforest trees, and pre-mountain and highland forest that serve as a buffer zone to Parque Internacional La Amistad. At elevations between 4000-6000 ft there are a number of accessible dirt roads that pass through many habitat types that are excellent for birding. This is a good place in Panama to find the Turquoise Cotinga, White-crested Coquette, Fiery-billed Aracari, Spot-crowned Euphonia and many others. Night: Chiriqui Highlands.
Day 9: Chiriqui Highlands. This day we'll go to Finca Dracula, at Guadalupe town, near Cerro Punta. This is an Orchid Sanctuary with a beautiful yard to do some easy birding. Some of the easy-to-photograph species include Common-bush Tanager, Chestnut-cap Brush-Finch and Violet Sabrewing. We'll look also for Blue-throated Toucanet and Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher. We'll leave for David in the afternoon to catch our plane to Panama City. Night: Panama City.
Day 10: Departure or extension to Darien. We'll take a flight from Panama City to Sambú (one hour). The lower Sambú Valley is an area located near the coast of Darién that has several Emberas Communities along the Sambú River. We’ll look for the Black-capped Donacobious, Black Oropendola and several other Darién endemics. Night: Sambú Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 11: Darien experience. This morning we'll go in search of the Harpy Eagle, the emergent trees of the Darien lowland rainforest are the habitat of this majestic raptor. The best way to get looks of the eagle is to find a juvenile on nest, with the help of the Emberas. Soaring Crested Eagles and Harpy Eagles are often seen around this area. Taking only small groups to observe these raptors on their nests, it'll help to protect this endangered bird against the threads of the new world. The Harpy Eagle won’t be a guarantee; the status of Active Nests always changes. Night: Sambú Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 12: Darien experience. We'll walk several trails around the village in search of some Darién specialties, such as Black-billed Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Oriole, White-eared Conebill and more. Other typical birds of the zone are Red-throated Caracaras and Laughing Falcons. Night: Sambú Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 13: Darien experience. We'll have some time to learn more about the Embera Culture and the way they survive in the rainforest, before we leave the Lower Sambú Valley. We'll take our flight back to Panama City. Night: Albrook Inn. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 14: Departure. Early birding around the hotel looking for missing species and if time permits we’ll go to Tocumen Marsh next to the airport, some of the highlights include: Cocoi Heron, Capped Heron, Savanna Hawk, Great-black Hawk (eastern race), Yellowish Pipit and Pied Water-Tyrant. Includes: (B).
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