(Parque Nacional de
Also known as Altos de Campana (Campana
National Park) was establish in 1966 as Panama first National Park. A park
noted for its remarkable steep rock formations with great view to the
Pacific, with evergreen lowland and submontane forest. Includes Cerro
Campana reaches 1,007m (3,300 ft), Cerro Trinidad (988m), PeÃ±a Blanca
(907)m and Los Monos (893m), and the headwaters of the Capira and Chame
Rivers on the Pacific slope, and the Trinidad River, part of the Panama
Canal watershed on the Caribbean slope.
Marks the easternmost extension of the cloud forest Talamanca Range of
Costa Rica and western Panama, on the Pacific, located 50 km west of
Panama City. At 1.15 hour drive from Panama City, you will be able to
find many foothills species in the moist submontane and cloud forest on
Easy to moderate walking is required.
â– Easy... to â– Moderate... to Hard
WHAT TO EXPECT
With an early morning start expect to see by noon 40 to 60 species. And
by the end of the day a final count of 87+ is common. We will search for
foothill species (see part of the list below). Total bird species
inventory 302 .
Birding is done primarily along a set of easy walkable trails ( Panama
Trail, La Cruz, Podocarpus) but on the way up, stops along the road is
recommended to look in grassy areas and bordered forest. There is
traffic along the road. Awareness is advised all the time.
Expect foggy mornings and some windy moments with scatter showers along
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
BIRDING ALL DAY (5:00am till 4:00pm = 11 hrs... rates are
in usd cash)
Altos de Cerro Campana National
(*) When Tour to
Altos de Campana start 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.
ACCOMODATIONS Cerro Campana is easily done as a complete day trip, or
as a complement going to Panama City from El Valle or from other Panama
interior places. Lodging in the area is available.
No place near the park it self. Lunch will be pack or we may drive 15
minutes to the nearest eating facility in Capira.
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
Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera (optional ).
GUIDE BOOK RECOMMENDED Go Back
These two books are an example of hard work put into, and for the benefit,
of conserving Panamaâ€™s birds:
â€œThe Birds of Panama, a field guide by George R Angehr and Robert Dean Can
be described as the â€œbibleâ€ 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.
â€œAn Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Panamaâ€ by Ernesto Ponce
and Giselle Muschett, 2006, 1st Edition. It can be described as â€œa
descriptive fieldwork toolâ€ for fast information .
BIRDS TO LOOK FOR
This is a list of birds - by memory - seen at Campana National Park and
environs during 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
firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck here for the complete list of Central
Orange-bellied Trogon,Black-crowned Antpitta (rare),Black-and-Yellow Tanager
,Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, King Vulture ,Bicolored Hawk ,Purplish-backed
Quail-Dove ,Garden Emerald ,Green Shrike Vireo ,Stripe-breasted Wren
,Ochraceous Wren ,Yellow â€“Crowned Euphonia ,Tawny-capped Euphonia
,White-ruffed Manakin ,Black â€“headed Antthrush ,Scrub Greenlet ,Rufous
Mourner ,Bicolored Antbird ,Acadian Flycatcher ,Piratic Flycatcher ,Yellow
Warbler ,Orange-billed Sparrow ,Blue-gray Tanager ,Bananaquit
,Silver-throated Tanager ,Lineated Woodpecker ,Blue-crowned Motmot ,Dusky
Antbird ,Masked Tytira ,Lesser Elaenia ,Keel-billed Toucan.
For the complete list of Central Panama birds Click Here !
Other birding hotspots and trails are Achiote Road, Birding BY BOAT, shore
birding, fixed date tours , cruiseship travellers, Plantation Road,
birdlist, Pipeline Road, city birdwatching, Metropolitan Nature Park, city
birding, Central Panama and Canal Panama Canal, birding central panama,
Bayano lowlands, Cerro Campanana, OLD GAMBOA ROAD cerro azul y cerro jefe,
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)