Continue the experience at the Atlantic side ,
area north-east of the canal in the Province of Colon. After visiting
Achiote Road, go to Parque Nacional San Lorenzo (9,653 hectares/23,853
acres). a vast territory that will demand a complete day and look for
the species that where elusive the day before. The road end at the mouth
of the Chagres River
“the river that has seen more gold than all
the other rivers of the world combined”.
On the Caribbean side of Panama, in the Province of Colon, at
approximately 11 km from the Gatun Dam (Panama Canal), and at the west
side of the San Lorenzo National Park is also call San Lorenzo Protected
At 2.5 hours from Panama City, you have to cross the Panama Canal
Gatun Locks, with an average waiting time of 30 minutes ( at the lock).
Easy... to Moderate...
Easy to moderate walking is required.
Easy... to ■ Moderate...
WHAT TO EXPECT
With an early morning start expect to see by
noon 60 to 80 species. And by the end of the day a final count of 90+ is
quote this tour
Birding is done primarily along the San Lorenzo road either on foot
along the road or by slowly driving on the way during the first hours.
Also there are many trails and bridges along the way that can be very
productive. There is traffic along the road. Awareness is advised all
On the way to San Lorenzo you will pass Fort Sherman (FS). A US
military base since the construction of the canal and later on during
WWII used as a Jungle Warfare Military Center until 1999. Most of the
moist forest is ´secondary growth´ and also mangrove swamps along part
of the road to FS. Trails like Pavon Hill, Gatun Drop Zone, Skunk
Hollow, Black Tank are worth a try.
The climate in Central Panama /Canal Zone is usually warm, with
mornings in the 70s and afternoons in the 80s. Conditions at midday can
be humid and very warm, with temperatures reaching into the lower 90s.
Rainstorms may occur at any time of year, but are more likely during the
rainy season, which runs from the summer months into early December.
Generally, the weather in Central Panama is mild and pleasant, with our
activities corresponding to the cooler parts of the day and heightened
Easily done as a day trip from Achiote Road or
from Colon City. Achiote village offers
comfortable rustic down to basics clean quarters gender divided -
barrack type with bunk beds - with private showers and bathrooms.
Food service (“restaurante”) is close to installations and is attended
by the ecotourism group Los Rapaces. For reservations
will be glad to help you at no extra cost.
There is no restaurant in the area.
Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts or t-shirts - earth
colors preferable- long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, hat,
insect repellent and sun block. Dress for tropical hot humid weather and
be ready for rain.
Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera
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 described as the “bible” forPanama and some Costa Rica birds. The latest edition (1989).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 FOR
This is a list of birds - by memory - seen along the Achiote Road
and surrounding areas on different tours, 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
Check here for the
complete list of Central Panama
Tinamu LittleTinamu Black-tailed Trogon Straight-billed Woodcreeper Agami Heron
Black-crowned Antpitta Black-crowned Night-Heron White-throated Crake
Magnificent Frigatebird Wattled Spot-crowned Barbet
ThrushTanager Gray Hawk
Flycatcher Blue Ground- Dove
Black-tailed Trogon American Pigmy-Kingfisher
Chestnut-mandible Toucan Yellow-eared Toucanet Black-chested Jay
Black-headed Tody Flycatcher
Dacnis Orchard Oriole
Tanager Streaked Saltator