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4 DAY BIRDING TOUR in Central Panama! 

¡ All inclusive 4 days -low budget- Birding Tour. –


  Visiting Pacific and Atlantic sites and the Panama Canal!

     This is our most popular birding trip to Central Panama  -– 4-days dedicated to birding in National Parks incluidng San Lorenzo National Park, Soberania National Park, Metopolitan City Park  and other locales with a variety of habitats, including marshlands and lowland humid and dry rainforest.

“Gonzalo, Thank you so much for your expert guidance!”  David Jordet, New York, Sailbirder ( AT )

“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 )

 “Birding highlights 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 ) and Avid A. Christensen, Tucoma, USA, scppc2000 ( AT )

“We all really appreciated the time and effort that you put into showing us the birds of the Gamboa and Achiote Road areas”. Barbara, Kathleen, Don, Howie, Dave, Dennis, Carol, Rob, Melissa, Miriam and Eva Callahan, 2008. "The -noisy- group! Evamsc ( AT )

 “All in all, it was a memorable adventure and birding trip and you helped make it special.”Panama bird guide
Marlin and Anita Jones, Iowa marlinjones28 ( AT )


-  Areas to visit during the tour:  We will visit the most and the least frequented birding hotspots in Central Panama - Canal, 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.
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-  Birding Group Size:  To get a personalized attention especially when seen a bird at its maximum detail we keep group size to a maximum of 4 persons. Panama bird guide


DAY 1 

 Our 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 start  with the  search of the  Lance-tailed Manakin, the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Rosy Thrush-Tanager (uncommon), Oange-chinned Parakeets, Pheasant Cuckoo (rare) and more; after lunch birding will continue until around 3:00pm when we will start our ride back to your hotel in Panama City or in Gamboa Town.   On the road (driving slowly) we’ll stop for birds along the road and at well known spots at the Chagres River  in search of Road-site Hawk, American Kestrel, Cocoi Heron, Tricolored  Heron, Kill-billed and Chessnut-mandible Tucan, Yellow-headed Caracara…  Late afternoon you will receive  the days bird-list. 

DAY 2  

This day will require an early start and drive to Achiote Rd  + or - 75 minutes drive.  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 mid morning a well deserved breakfast with binoculars at hand to catch a gleans of a Rufous-tailed Hummignbird, a probable Barred and Fasciated Antshrike and others.  After breakfast the birding fiesta will continue at trails and in shaded coffee plantation.   After lunch (+ or - 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 Panamaa City/ Gamboa Town. Late afternoon you will receive  the days bird-list. 

DAY 3 

Early birding on the Old Gamboa Rd. also known by some as the Summit Pond area traverses areas of dry forest, scrub and grassland.   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 Kinfishers are possible and more.  Later in the afternoon on  Plantation Trail and the 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, Late afternoon you will receive  the days bird-list. 


 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 appreciated.Panama bird guide


Tour Price- 4 Complete Days of Birding in Central Panama -

              cost per-person    total
                                                                                  1 person                  $ 777.00 $ 777.00
                   2 person $ 388.50 ea $ 777.00
                   3 persons $ 259.00 ea   $ 777.00
                   4 persons $ 194.25 ea $ 777.00
  • Included  in the Tour Cost:  English / Spanish bird guide with field scope, laser pointer, and the latest  Panama field-guide.    Check for tour availability.

  • Not Included in the tour cost:  entrance fees to parks, government taxes (7%), lodging, transportation, meals, personal items, gratuities. Book this tour.

Transportation:  we can provide transportation since day one until departure at low cost.  We use a spacious, confortable Toyota Hi-Ace and Nisssa Patrols with driver so you don't miss  "prime time birding".  Also we can arrange for your Hotel and Lodge reservation. Request information.

Contact:   Gonzalo Horna (coordinator) - for last minute details,  questions or changes call his Panama cellular -phone  (507) 6728-3501 or email him  or Skype name gonzaloj3

Other tour packages available  7, 10, 12 and + days ), or for the Day Trip.  Availability upon request.

Especial Notes

  • Fitness -  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.

  • Clothing -  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.

  • Gear -  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.


Bird list in brief
Checker-throated Antwren
Keel-billed Toucan
Flame-throated Warbler
Jet Antbird
Broad-billed Motmot
Golden-collared Manakin
Bicolored Antbird
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
White-bellied Antbird
Rufous Motmot
Song Wren
White Hawk
White-headed Wren
White-winged Tanager
Common Potoo
Rufous-and-white Wren
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Red-capped Manakin
Blue Cotinga
Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Great Tinamou
Crane Hawk
Gray-necked Wood-Rail
White-necked Puffbird
White-throated Crake
Bicolored Antbird
Spectacle Owl

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