Soberania National Park, Pipeline Road is one of the best places in America
for tropical birds exceeding the 400+ species. Other places worth visiting
next to Pipeline Road are the Ammo Dump, the surroundings of the Pipeline
main entrance road and the Gamboa Town.
Forty five minutes from Panama City, or two minutes from Gamboa Town, the
entrance to Pipeline Road is easily reached by car or just walking from
Gamboa Town. Other good area on the way to Pipeline is Ammo Dump well known
for water birds.
Entrance park fee for foreigners is us $5.00 per peson. Local us $2.00
■ Easy... to ■ Moderate... to ■ Hard
Easy to moderate walking is require.
■ Easy... to ■ Moderate... to ■ Hard
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.
Birding is done by walking through the first 4 km passing through tall
secondary and mature tropical forest with some scrubbier areas. Along the
way many small creeks will cross the road and give good opportunity to get
into and follow them for specific species.
The road was built in the late 1930 to service a pipeline that crossed from
ocean to ocean but was never used.
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 bird activity.
6:00am till noon = 6hrs...
price is per person)
BIRDING ALL MORNING at
City and Gamboa.....
when visiting the Panama
Rainforest Discovery Center add per person
(*) other destination possible: Colon, Gamboa, Hotel Decameron,
Hotel Playa Blanca, Altos del Maria, El Valle.
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 bird
Pipeline Road area can be visited as a
morning/day trip from panama City.
Note: All the expenditures will stay in the community. Used
birding gear (binoculars) and books (panama birding guides or
similar) can be sent as donation to the local church. They will
be distributed among the kids by their priest.
There is a restaurant run by locals. It is open to the public
every day. It is clean and the food is fresh. The day menu can
be the usual salad (lettuce and tomato) rice & beans, chicken,
meat or pork and sweet plantain, or what clients order the most
which is “todays soup with rice”.. is yummy!. BYO water (bring your own) or
drink cook from can or bottle.
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” for Panama and some
Costa Rica birds. The latest edition (1989).This excellent field
guide is highly recommended as your primary reference book on
“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
Some other places besides Pipeline Road worth visiting at the Soberania National Park are Old Gamboa Road and Summit Ponds.
BIRDS TO LOOK FOR
This is a list of birds - by memory - seen along the
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
email@example.com Check here for the
complete list of Central Panama
Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo ( very rare)
Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic)
Sepia -capped Flycatcher,
Also look for:
Black-headed Tody Flycatcher
Send for the complete
Central Panama birds.
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don’t allow a 12, 10, or a 7 Day birding trip, we can work together on a
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