MULTI DAY TOURS
NEW LOW BUDGET BIRDING TOUR!!
!4 Complete Days of Birding in CENTRAL PANAMA & Canal Area !
marathonic birding fiesta"...
visiting the Pacific and Atlantic and Panama Canal hotspots !
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.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
first birding day will start at 6:15 am at the Metropolitan Nature Park
in Panama city (470 acres of dry second and youngest growth forest with patches
of grassy areas ) giving us the opportunity to beginning 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 around 3:00pm when we will start
our ride to Achiote Town. On the road (driving slowly) we’ll stop for
birds along the road and at well known spots like at Gatun Lock and at the
Chagres River (Gatun Dam spillway) in search of Road-site Hawk, American
Kestrel, Cocoi Heron, Tricolored Heron, Kill-billed and Chessnut-mandible Tucan,
Yellow-headed Caracara… after dinner we will go over the bird-list and
vote for the best bird of the day (bb of the d), follow by a short night
birding walk in search of owls, nightjars, nighthawks and pauraques. .
And after a long and productive day, a well deserved night sleep.
The early birding day starts in Achiote Road 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 8:30am 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 (2:00pm) in
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 Gamboa Town. After dinner we will go over the day
bird-list and select the high light and the bbd. Overnight to
recuperate for the next day.
Early birding on the Old Gamboa Rd.
also known as the Summit Pond area 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, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Lesser and Great Kiskadee,
Boat-billed Heron, Streak Saltator, Ringed, Amazon and Green Kingfishers are
possible and more. Later in the afternoon on Plantation Trail and
El Charco Trail we will listen to the call and look for the Slaty-tailed
Trogon; Golden-crowned Spadebill, Southern Bentbill, Blue-crowned Manakin and
other great forest birds, And the day bird-list with the “bb of the d” and
comments will end a successful day. Overnight.
Early birding on Pipeline Road ( a secondary forest with some scrubbier
areas, with many streams crossing it). 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 El
Charco Trail to see the Black-breasted Jay, Collared Arassari, White-wiskered
Puffbird and more. At noon before the farewell dinner we will work on our
“last day bird-list” and vote for the “bb of the d”. The group will
summarize on the complete tour bird-list, a vote for the best bird and the best
day of the tour and the correspondent comments for the complete tour will be
cost per person
reservation form and send to email@example.com
/ Spanish bird guide with field scope, laser pointer, and
the latest Panama field-guide.
Check for tour availability.
in the tour Cost:
fees to parks,
taxes, lodging, transportation, meals , personal items, gratuities, arrival
departure dates (drop-off).
Book this tour.
can provide transportation since day of arrival
until departure at low cost. We use a
spacious, confortable Toyota Hi-Ace with driver
included so you don't miss the "prime time
birding". Also we can arrange for your
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Optional Birding Tour
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
Non- birding tours:
Send for the complete information on the
non-birding tours for non-birder companion.
Jet Antbird Broad-billed Motmot
White Hawk White-shouder Tanager
Spectacle Owl Amazon Kingfisher...Send for
complete bird lis
“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.
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”.
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.
or phone (507) 6728-3501
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