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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Panama  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Rainforest  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2250 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)

Panama Birding Tour - Featuring over 400 species of birds, Pipeline Road, Highland rain forest, Smithsonian’s Barro Colorado Island, Chagres Low land rainforest and more.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Panama City and transfer to Hotel in the city. Night in Panama City. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Breakfast and transfer to Canopy Tower in the heart of Panama's Soberanía National Park. Birds such as the Blue Cotinga and Green Shrike-Vireo that are normally glimpsed in the treetops can be viewed at eye level, and all you have to do is get out of bed and look out the window. Day tour. Night at the Canopy Tower. Includes (L), (D).

Day 3: Early breakfast and departure to Pipeline Road in the Soberania National Park. Pipeline Road is considered one of the best birding spots in the world. More than 500 species were spotted here in a single day during the Audubon Society’s Christmas Count. Admire novelty birds such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon Woodpecker, antbirds, antthrushes, antshrikes, antwrens, and White-whiskered Puffbird. Box Lunch in the area. Night at the Country Inn. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: After breakfast, enjoy a guided excursion to Barro Colorado Nature Monument. This is a one-day tour that has been acclaimed by many journalist and scientist as one of the best tours in Panama. Barro Colorado became an island when the Chagres river basin was flooded to create Lake Gatun during the construction of the Panama Canal. It was declared a Biological Reserve Station in 1923 and since 1946 the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has administered the Island. Depart by bus with naturalist guide towards the town of Gamboa, at the mid-point of the Panama Canal. There you will board a boat for a 45-minute trip through Gatun Lake to the area of Barro Colorado Nature Monument. At Wheeler Cove on the West Side of Barro Colorado Island, and from the comfort and safety of our boat, observe the flora and fauna of the area. After an exploration of the coves proceed to Peninsula Gigante on mainland for a nature hike on Cima trail for approximately 2.2 kilometers for more observation of flora and fauna. After the hike, we will return to the station for a box lunch. After lunch return to Gamboa and transfer to the city. Night in Panama City. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Early breakfast and excursion to Sierra Llorona Lodge, a family owned private reserve, located 20 minutes from the city of Colon at 1,000 feet sea level. The vegetation differs in variety and abundance, this is a place to enjoy nature, walk through the rain forest and a bird-rich area near the north end of the Panama Canal. Expect to see up to a dozen kinds of raptors, Pied Puff-bird, Spot-Crowned and Barred Woodcreeper and hundreds of other species of birds. Night Sierra Llorona Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: This Rainforest will expose birdwatchers to species such as the Great Tinamou, Gray Hawk, Barred Forest-Falcon, Gray – headed Chachalaca, Blue-headed Parrot, Shining Honeycreeper, Palm Tanager, Indigo Bunting and much more. Box lunch. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Panama City. Night in Panama City. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: After breakfast, we will transfer to the local airport for a domestic flight to David. Travel over 6,300 feet above sea level to the highlands of Volcan in the Pila Hill Formation of la Amistad International Park. Lunch upon arrival in Los Quetzales Lodge. The Quetzales Lodge is known for its close proximity to a resident group of Resplendent Quetzals. These magnificent birds, with their emerald green tails flowing two feet behind them are exceedingly rare in Central America. Here at Volcan, our chances of seeing them are excellent. They are often accompanied by Emerald Toucanets. Our first day will allow us to seek out quetzals before dinner. Night Los Quetzales. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Early breakfast at Los Quetzales. Search the surrounding areas for birds such as the Large-Footed Finch, Peg-Billed Finch, Black-Cheeked Warbler, Long-Tailed Silky- flycatchers, Zeledonia and Silvery-Fronted Tapaculo. After lunch, we will continue birdwatching in Volcan Lakes for the Masked Duck, Northern Jacana and other aquatic birds. The Pale-billed Woodpecker, antbirds, flycatchers, and tanagers may also be spotted. Night Los Quetzales Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: After an early breakfast continue to Boquete for further middle and high elevation birding. In the afternoon proceed to the Pacific slope at mid elevation and view birds such as the Red-Headed Barbet, Sepia-Capped Flycatcher, Emerald Tanager, and Rufous-Browed Tyranulet. We will enjoy late afternoon birding by the rushing Caldera River home of American Dipper and Torrent Tyrannulets. Night at Villa Marita Lodge or Panamonte Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Early breakfast. Then drive to Volcan Baru over 8000 feet above sea level for highland birding, specifically to look for timberline species such as Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Silvery-throated Jay, Black-faced Solitaire, and the Barred Becard. Lunch in the area. Night at Villa Marita Lodge or Panamonte. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: After breakfast, we will transfer to David airport for flight to Panama City. Afternoon will be free for at leisure activities. Night at Hotel in the city. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Transfer to the International Airport, approximately two hours before your flights schedule departure time. Includes: (B).

Legend: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All lodging
- Meals

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