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MULTI DAY TOURS
EL VALLE BIRDWATCHING
This is a guided birding tour to
foothills and rainforest birds in El Valle and surroundings..
To the west of Panama City we find a mountain range cloud forest
elevating from 800 m (2500 ft) to 1,007m (3000 ft) from sea level, home
to many highlands and foothills species and other more widespread
species are here as well. Expect to see an avifauna different from the
ones found in the lowlands of the Canal area. Be prepared for chilled
nights and mornings. To complete the day, another place worth visiting
on the way is Cerro Campana or Punta Chame.
There are always so many birds around El Valle that each outing is sure
to produce many El Valle birds in La Mesa, Cerro Gaital and Altos del
Two hours+ drive from Panama City will take you to El Valle. We
recommend to overnight.
Entrance park fee for foreigners is US $5.00 per person. Local US $2.00
■ Moderate high...
Easy to moderate walking is requireed.
■ Moderate high...
to ■ Hard
WHAT TO EXPECT
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 common.
You will be birding cooler highlands at about 900m (2700 ft) from sea
Transported by car to the birding areas, stopping when needed . Birding
in the best areas like Cerro Gaital, Altos del Maria, La Mesa -to
mention a few - is done by walking through hilly terrains and trails
narrow in places, muddy in others and along roads with grassland on
both sides looking for species related to that habitat and for raptors
as well.. Be prepared for scattered showers along the day.
The climate in the El Valle 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 80s. Clouds and
overcast skies frequently prevail in higher areas, leading to damp
You will find many comfortable and elegant B&B´s and Hotels to choose
from. For reservations or for reference contact
Many good local restaurants in the area offering Panamanian and
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 time.
Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera (optional
GUIDE BOOK RECOMMENDED
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 describe as the “bible” forPanama and some Costa Rica birds. First published 2010. This excellent
field guide is highly recommended as your primary reference book on the
“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 FOR
This is a listing of the birds we have seen on different tours along El
Valle 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
till 4:00pm = 11 hrs...
price is per person)
Among the specialties found in El Valle and Cerro El Gaital:
Palm Tanager, and the odd olive and black
Snowcap, Spinetail, Barbtail, wren
For the complete list of Central Panama birds
pre - post tour
to THE CENTRAL PANAMA BIRDING TOUR
MULTI DAY TOURS