AND CERRO JEFE
DAY TOUR include transportation and specialized
additional bird species not present in the canal can be
found here..activity is not nearly as depended on time of
day as in low lands..no so essential to get an early start..
East of Panama City, within the Chagres National Park is a
mountain range cloud forest from 800m (2500 ft ) to 1007m (
3000 ft ) from sea level, home to many endemics and many
foothills species as well. About 40 additional species not
present in the Canal Area lowlands can be found here. Be
prepared for chilled nights and mornings. Other places worth
visiting on the way is Las Nubes.
One hour drive from Panama City.
Entrance park fee for foreigners is US $5.00 per person.
Local US $2.00 each.
Easy to moderate walking is required.
With an early morning start, expect to see by noon 60 to 80
species. By the end of the day a final count of 90+ is
You will be birding cooler highlands at about 1,000m (3000
ft) from sea level. Transported by car from site to site,
birding is done by walking through hilly and level terrains
and trails narrow in places and muddy in others.CHECK
The climate in Cerro Azul and Cerro Jefe region is
considerably cooler than that of the Central Panama/Canal
Zone. Mornings and evenings are cooler while midday
temperatures usually do not exceed the low 87s. Clouds and
overcast skies frequently prevail in higher areas, leading
to damp conditions.
You will find small and
comfortable B&B´s (family type operation) for overnight. For
reservations or for reference click here, will be glad to
There are good
restaurants in the area.
Besides the light clothing usually recommended be prepared
for chilled nights and mornings at
least one warm sweater or jacket
plus the cotton shirts or t-shirts - earth colors
preferable- long (preferable) and short pants, poncho,
hiking shoes, hat, insect repellent and sun block. Dress as
for tropical hot humid weather and be ready for rain any
Binoculars, scope (optional),
field guide, notebook and camera (optional ).
These two books are an example of hard work put into, and
for the benefit, of conserving Panama’s birds:
“The Birds of Panama, a field
guide by George R Angehr and Robert Dean Can be described as
the “bible” for Panama and some Costa Rica birds. First
published 2010 .This excellent field guide is highly
recommended as your primary reference book on the birds.
“An Illustrated Field Guide to the
Birds of Panama” by Ernesto Ponce and Giselle Muschett,
2006, 1st Edition. It can be described as “a
descriptive fieldwork tool” for fast information .
BIRDS TO LOOK
This is a listing of birds we have seen on different tours
along Cerro Azul, Cerro Jefe and surrounding areas , and
some additions from friends, guess and people who have
collaborated sharing with us their sightings. The list is
continuously on the move. Feel free to send your findings
and comments to
BIRDING ALL DAY
till 4:00pm = 11 hrs... price is per person)
Cerro Azul - Cerro Jefe
answer your questions on the birds of Panama
specialties found in Cerro Azul and Cerro Jefe:
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