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(Parque Nacional de Cerro Campana)

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), Peña 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 its slopes.
Easy to moderate walking is required.
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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 day.
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.

BIRDING ALL DAY  (5:00am till 4:00pm = 11 hrs... rates are per person 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.
                                                                                                                              EATING FACILITIES
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 for rain. 

Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera (optional ). 

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” 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 Panama” by Ernesto Ponce and Giselle Muschett, 2006, 1st Edition. It can be described as “a descriptive fieldwork tool” for fast information .

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 toinfo@birdingbyboattour.comCheck here for the complete list of Central Panama Birds.

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 –Crowned Euphonia ,Tawny-capped Euphonia ,White-ruffed Manakin ,Black –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)

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