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 7 days - all inclusive to:

 

Panama Central + Canal +Altos del Maria

 and  El Valle  

This is our 7-day, all Inclusive Central Panama (C.P.)

birding tour Package, dedicated to birding all Central

National Parks and other locales on a variety of habitats,

including marshlands and lowland rainforest and

highlads to the west of Panama city.

We will visit both the most and the least frequented

birding hotspots including the world-renowned Pipeline

Road, Achiote Road, Old Gamboa Road, Plantation

Trail, Fort Sherman, San Lorenzo National Park,

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Altos del Maria,

 El Valle and more.


As a conservative estimate, expect between 160+ species

during this trip (a much higher number is possible).

Please note that the species mentioned below are merely

representative of the birds that might reasonably be

expected in the areas involved.

 

 ITINERARY  

Day 1  Arrival, Transfer to Panama City Arrival at

Tocumen International Airport.  After customs take the

left door/exit to the South Section or Point B and, your

guide, will be waiting here for you with your names on a

placard, and transfer to Panama City. Lodging: Panama

City.

Day  2   Parque Metropolitano, drive to Achiote

Our first birding day will start at 6:00 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.

Lodging: Centro El Tucan, Achiote.

 

Pied Puffbird ©Gonzalo Horna

Pied Puffbird ©Gonzalo Horna

 

Day 3  Achiote Road, drive to Gamboa

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

 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 Gamboa Town. After dinner we

 will go over the day bird-list and select the high light

 and the bbd.    Lodging: Gamboa / Panama City, it will

 depend on availability.

 

 Day 4  Pipeline Road/ Rainforest Discovery Center

We’ll start the day at the new Panama Rainforest

 Discovery Center.  From atop their canopy tower we

 hope to see Blue Cotinga and a number of forest

 raptors.  Trails around the center have been good for

 Great Tinamou and Pheasant Cuckoo, and with luck

 we may find an ant swarm with a Rufous-vented

 Ground-Cuckoo (rare) in attendance. In the late

 morning we will work the first couple of kilometers of

 Pipeline Road proper, where we might find Golden-

crowned Spadebill, Southern Bentbill, Green Shrike-

Vireo, Gray Elaenia, White-wiskered Puffbird,

 Oropendolas, Caciques, Hummingbirds and Black-

capped Pygmy-Tyrant, among many others.  Later in the

 day we will check out the Ammo Dump Ponds, where

 we might find Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters, White-

throated Crake, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Snail Kite  and

 other wetland specialties.

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 appreciated. Lodging: Gamboa / Panama City, it will

 depend on availability.

 

Day 5  Old Gamboa Rd, drive to El Valle

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.  In the afternoon will drive to El

 Valle.   We’ll stop for a visit en route in the Altos del

 Maria area, our best chance to find Snowcap, White-

tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Red-faced

 Spinetail and many others.  Thanks to the construction

 of a new through-road, this barely involves a detour, so

 we will pass smoothly on to El Valle, where we will bird

 late in the day as time allows.  And the day bird-list

 with the “bb of the d” and comments  will end a

 successful day. Lodging: Gamboa / Panama City, it will

 depend on availability.

 

Cocoi Heron by Gonzalo Horna

Cocoi Heron © Gonzalo Horna

 

 Day 6  Cerro Gaital/La Mesa areas

 We’ll work the foothills above El Valle for most of the

 day, hoping for local specialties such as Blue Seedeater,

 Orange-bellied Trogon, Slaty Antwren and many more.

 We’ll probably spend the afternoon around the Canopy

 Adventure, which might yield Tody Motmot (a 2nd spot

 is also possible for this one), Rufous-crested Coquette,

 and maybe even a staked-out Rufous-vented Ground-

 Cuckoo.  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 appreciated.  Lodging: Gamboa / Panama

 City, it will depend on availability.

 

Day 7  Departure Day

Time permitting, before you are assisted throughout the

 final procedure for departure to your next destination,

 we will cover other special areas in and around Panama

 city looking for other specialties like Cattle Tyrant,

 Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler, Straight billed

 Woodcreeper, Common Black Hawk and depending on

 the sea tide many shorebirds at the Panama mudflats. 

 

price is quote  usd  per person in double occupancy

 minimum four (4) persons per tour.   Single

 accommodations are available for an extra charge of 320

 usd per person.

Included:

English/Spanish bird guide with field scope and the

 latest Panama field guide, pick up and drop off

 Tocumen Airport/Panama City hotel, transportation,

 lodging (from  ARIVAL DAY to Day 4), and park

 entrance fees.

Excluded:

Meals, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal

 nature, government tax (7%), airport departure tax, or

international airfare.

Book this tour

Final list for Hotel and B&B will be giving when the

 tour is book. What we mention above are the most used

 Hotel & B&B during our birding tours. For the benefit

 of participants, lodgings will be as conveniently located

 as possible and in all cases but a few minutes from

 birding locations. Detailed information regarding

 lodgings, hotspots, habitats and complete birdlist of

 Central Panama is available upon request.

For the benefits of participants we reserve the right to

make any changes to the above itinerary prior or during

 the tour.

Information on Term & Conditions, and Price for other

 all inclusive package tours ( 8, 10, and 12 days or +), or

 for a Day Trips are available upon request.

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Yellow-crowned Amazon  © GH

Yellow-crowned Amazon  © GH

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