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  NEW LOW BUDGET BIRDING TOUR.!!   

 

   !4 Complete Days of Birding  in CENTRAL PANAMA & Canal Area !

             !"A marathonic birding fiesta"... visiting the Pacific and Atlantic and Panama Canal hotspots !

     This is our most popular birding trip to Central Panama  -– 4-days dedicated to birding in National Parks including San Lorenzo National Park, Soberania National Park, Metropolitan City Park  and other locales with a variety of habitats, including marshlands and lowland humid and dry rainforest.


Areas to visit during the tour:  We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Central Panama, including the world-renowned Pipeline Road, Achiote Road, Old Gamboa Road (Summit Ponds), Plantation Trail, Fort Sherman, San Lorenzo Road and more.
Expect to see:  As a conservative estimate between 160+ species during this trip (a much higher number is possible).  Please note that the species mentioned in the list below  are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved. Send for complete bird list.                                                                                                                                                       -  Birding Group Size:  1 –  4 persons maximum      We keep our group size “petite”.  This way everyone gets a personalized attention especially when seen a bird at its maximum detail.

 

4 days birding to:

Central Panama and Canal

 

ITINERARY

Day 1  -  Parque Metropolitano.
Our first birding day will start at 6:00 am at the Metropolitan Nature Park (470 acres of dry second and youngest growth forest with patches of grassy areas ) giving us the opportunity to start with the search of the Lance-tailed Manakin, the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Rosy Thrush-Tanager (uncommon), Orange-chinned Parakeets, Pheasant Cuckoo (rare) and more; after lunch birding will continue until 4:00pm. The Park has several trails that we may walk like the Mono Titi Trail (named after the tamarins an easy place to spot Geoffrey’s Tamarins and other wildlife) and La Cieneguita trail. Other posible sightings on the way includes Blue-crowned Motmot, Cocoa and Olivaceous woodcreepers, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Northern Waterthrush, Great Kiskadee, Thick-billed Euphonia, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Southern Beardless- and (H) Yellow-crowned tyrannulets, Plain-colored Tanager and a diurnal Central American Agouti. Well also see a Variegated Squirrel, a Coatimundi, a Three-Toed Sloth, Panama Hat Palms, a "Beer Belly" Tree, an example of a Cuipo which Harpy Eagles use as nest trees, butterflies and several kinds of clear-winged helicopter damselflies.

Day 2 - Achiote Road.                                                                                      The early day starts with a ride to Achiote Road birding to bid in and surrounding areas looking for species that favor humid condition.  We will be on the search of the  Spot-crowned Barbet, White-headed Wren, Long-tailed Tyrant, Blue Cotinga, White Hawk, Flame-rumped Tanager, Montezuma Oropendola and many other species that can be found here. At mid morning a well deserved breakfast with binoculars at hand to catch a gleans of a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, a probable Barred and Fasciated Antshrike and others.  After breakfast the birding fiesta will continue at trails and in shaded coffee plantation.   After lunch  in route to Fort Sherman and Fuerte San Lorenzo (wet lowland tropical forest with also areas of grass, scrubs, mangroves , marshes and coastline)  we will look for the Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Golden-collared Manakin, Rufous Motmot, Checker-throated Antwren, Piratic Flycatcher,  birding along the way and later on the afternoon  back to Panama City. Overnight to recuperate for the next day.

Day 3 - Plantation Trail and Old Gamboa Road.
This day early birding begins on the Plantation Trail, named for a long overgrown cacao plantation and just on the north side of the Continental Divide with species typical of the Atlantic slope well give us the opportunity to listen to the call and look for the Slaty-tailed Trogon; Golden-crowned Spadebill, Southern Bentbill, Blue-crowned Manakin and other great forest and stream birds like the Buff-rumped Warbler. Later in the day well go to the Old Gamboa Rd. also known as the Summit Pond area. A traverses areas of dry forest, scrub, grassland and natural ponds. A walk down the road will allow a great views of many species including Great Antshrike, Pale-vented Pigeons, Blue Ground-Doves, Orange Chinned Parakeets, Jet Antbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Lesser and Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Heron, Streak Saltator, Ringed, Amazon and Green Kingfishers are possible and more.

Day 4 - Pipeline Road.                                                                                    Early morning we’ll visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center (PRDC) in Pipeline rd which is a most. We’ll search for canopy specialties like Green Shrike-Vireo, Forest Elaenia, Blue Cotinga, Collared Arasari, Chesnut-mandible and Keel-billed Tucan and looking also for flying raptors and many other birds that favors the canopy. Later on the day we’ll work surrounding trails and the Pipeline Road (a secondary forest with some scrubbier areas, with many streams crossing it) will follow all day. We will heard and look for the Southern Bentbill, Pheasant Cuckoo, Green Shrike-Vireo, Grey Elaenia, Streak-chested Antpitta, Spotted Antbird, Long-billed Gnatwren, Great Jacamar and, before heading for lunch a visit to the Ammunition Ponds (marshy area), very productive during any hour of the day, we will search for the Snail Kite, White-throated Crakes, Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Variable Seedeater, Smooth-billed Ani and more. In the afternoon we will visit The Summit Gardens for Oropendolas, Caciques and Hummingbirds and time permitting visit the El Charco Trail to see the Black-breasted Jay, Collared Arasari, White-wiskered Puffbird and more.

 

 

 

 

 

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 TOUR PRICE

  4 days

 cost per person

total

1 person         

   

2 persons       

   

3 persons     

   

4 persons

   

Last up date:                             

 

·    Included  in tour price:  English / Spanish bird guide with field scope, laser pointer, and the latest  Panama field-guide.    birding  6 am-4 pm

·    Not Included in tour price:  entrance fees to parks, government taxes, lodging, transportation, meals , personal items, gratuities.

·     Areas to visit during the tour:  We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Central Panama, including the world-renowned Pipeline Road, Achiote Road, Old Gamboa Road (Summit Ponds), Plantation Trail, Fort Sherman, San Lorenzo Road and more.
Expect to see:  As a conservative estimate between 160+ species during this trip (a much higher number is possible).  Please note that the species mentioned in the list below are merely representative of the birds that might reasonably be expected in the areas involved.
                                                                                                      Birding Group Size:  1 –  4 persons maximum      We keep our group size “petite”.  This way everyone gets a personalized attention especially when seen a bird at its maximum detail. Note: for an extra fee we can provide transportation during the tour and do all the lodging and meal arrangements.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
  • Transportation:  we can provide transportation since day of arrival until departure at low cost.  We use a spacious, confortable Nisssa Patyrol or similar with driver included so you don't miss the "prime time birding".  Also we can arrange for your Hotel/Lodge reservations. Request information.

     

    Contact:   Gonzalo Horna (coordinator) - for last minute details,  questions or changes call his Panama cellular -phone  (507) 6728-3501 or email him info@birdingbyboattour.com   or Skype name gonzaloj3                           

    Booking a Tour:  a deposit is required. Balance due 30 days prior to tour departure. Tour prices are subject to change without notice.  Please check with Gonzalo Horna prior your booking at  info@panamabirdguide.com or call his Panama mobile (507) 6728-3501. Terms and conditions.

    Other tour packages available  7, 10, 12 and + days ), and for the Day Trip.  Send for availability upon request

     

                        

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Especial Notes

  • Fitness -  Easy to moderate hiking is require. And for birders with moderate limitations we are able to make a special itinerary. Either way, birders will have a fantastic opportunity to views an impressive number of birds and species, and the experience will be an enjoyable one.

  • Clothing -  Dress for weather: tropical hot humid and be ready for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts and t-shirts (earth colors preferable), long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, an extra pair or sandals, hat, insect repellent and sun block.

  • Gear -  Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera
    Books we recommend : "A Guide to the Birds of Panama" by Robert S. Ridgely and John A. Gwynne, Jr. and the latest  by George R. Angehr and Robert Dean "The Birds of Panama", publish 2010.

send for more information and quote!
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                                                      Optional Birding Tour

 
  • Day  and Multi-Day Tours: For those birders interested in shorter terms like one or two day tours we can arrange a “fit” itinerary to cover any of the above areas or other areas not cover in this package.

  • Birding by Boat Tour The Birding by Boat Tour at the Chagres River (the biggest tributary to the Canal of Panama).  Send for availability, bird list, cost and more.

  • Non- birding tours:  Send for the complete information on the non-birding tours for non-birder companion.

 

 

Bird-list (short)

Checker-throated Antwren
Keel-billed Toucan
Flame-throated Warbler
Jet Antbird                                                                                                                                         Broad-billed Motmot
Golden-collared Manakin
Bicolored Antbird
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
White-bellied Antbird
Rufous Motmot
Song Wren
White Hawk                                                                                                                                   White-shouder Tanager
Common Potoo
Rufous-and-white Wren
Lance-tailed Manakin
Red-capped Manakin
Blue Cotinga
Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Great Tinamou
Crane Hawk
Gray-necked Wood-Rail
White-necked Puffbird
White-throated Crake
Bicolored Antbird
Spectacle Owl                                                                                                                             Amazon Kingfisher...
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“Gonzalo, Thank you so much for your expert guidance!”  David Jordet, New York, Sailbirder ( AT ) yahoo.com.

“In only 6 complete days of birding, Gonzalo Horna helped my group to see 302 species in 2002, 306 species in 2003 and 290 species in 2004...Year after year its a pleasure and a good blessing to come back here. The birds, nature are great. Gonzalo...and the Staff are just wonderful. Thanks and all the success you deserve. Hasta Luego." Laval Roy, Porte Platon, Quebec, Canada. Lavar ( AT ) videotron.ca.

 “Birding highlights include Crested Owl (actually seen and not just heard for a change) and Blue Cotinga, which features quite reliably along the road side... We hope to return before too long. " James A. Christensen, Vancouver B.C., Canada, jchristensen ( AT ) look.ca and Avid A. Christensen, Tucoma, USA, scppc2000 ( AT ) yahoo.com.

“We all really appreciated the time and effort that you put into showing us the birds of the Gamboa and Achiote Road areas”. Barbara, Kathleen, Don, Howie, Dave, Dennis, Carol, Rob, Melissa, Miriam and Eva Callahan, 2008. "The -noisy- group! Evamsc ( AT ) verizon.net.

 “All in all, it was a memorable adventure and birding trip and you helped make it special.”
Marlin and Anita Jones, Iowa marlinjones28 ( AT ) gmail.com.

 
    
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