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
Maria. 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 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, Cerro Gaital, Altos del Maria.
Two hours+ drive from Panama City will take you to El Valle. We recommend to
Entrance park fee for foreigners is US $5.00 per person. Local US $2.00
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Easy to moderate walking is requireed.
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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 level.
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 conditions.
BIRDING ALL DAY
till 4:00pm = 11 hrs...
rates are per person
in usd cash)
from Panama City
from other destination
(*) other destination
possible: Colon, Gamboa, Hotel Decameron, Hotel Playa Blanca, Altos del
Maria, El Valle.
You will find many comfortable and elegant B&B´s and Hotels to choose from.
For reservations or for reference contact us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the specialties found in El Valle and Cerro El Gaital:
Snowcap, Spinetail, Barbtail, wren
For the complete list of Central Panama birds Click Here !
Pre and Post Extensions to the C. P. Tour available:
- Bayano Day Tour -Darien road (lowlands)
- The Birding by Boat Tour (Gatun and Chagres River and the Canal)
Flexibility is our trade mark. If your business, working or family
don’t allow a 12, 10, or a 7 Day birding trip, we can work together on a
Custom Itinerary that will fit your necessities and cover your expectations.
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