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 pther great
spots. El Valle is located 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, time permiting,
and on the way is
There are always so many birds around El Valle that each outing is sure to
produce many birds when visiting La Mesa, and part of Cerro Gaital and even
at El Valle town is great birding.
Two hours+ drive from Panama City will take you to El Valle. We recommend to
PARK FEE (is included in price)
Entrance park fee for foreigners is US $0.00 per person (when applicable). Local US $0.00
each (when applicable).
Easy... to ■ Moderate high... to ■ Hard
Easy to moderate walking is required.
■ Easy... to ■ Moderate high... to ■ Hard
WHAT TO EXPECT
With an early morning start, expect to see by noon 45 to 60 species. By the
end of the day a final count around 70+ 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, 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 dayAlso with time
permiting we will visit El Chiru, Juan Hombron, Chame...
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 conditions. Be prepared
for scattered showers along the day.
BIRDING ALL DAY
till 3:00pm... price is per person
in cash.. to book the tour a deposit is require)
from Panama City
When Tour to El Valle starts from Colon, Gamboa, Hotel Decameron, Hotel Playa Blanca, Buenaventura,
a surcharge may apply for transportation and lodging for the bird-guide.
Advance quote is necessary.
You will find many comfortable and elegant B&B´s and Hotels to choose from.
For hotel reservation you can do direct or we can help.
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 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 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 comments email@example.com
Among the specialties found in El Valle and Cerro El Gaital:
Yellow-crowned Euphonia...and more
Pre and Post Extensions to the C. P. Tour available:
- The Birding by Boat Tour (Gatun and Chagres River and the Canal)
Custom Itinerary available.
Flexibility is our trade mark. If your business, working or family
don’t allow birding trip we offer, we can work together on a
Custom Itinerary and cover your expectations.
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