EL VALLE, COCLE
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 Cerro
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 â– Moderate high... to â– Hard
Easy to moderate walking is required.
â– Easy... to â– Moderate high... to â– 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 level.
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
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.
in cash.. to book the tour a deposit is require)
BIRDING ALL DAY (6:00am till 12:00pm
from Panama City
price per person minimum two(2) person
(*) When Tour to
El Valle starts from Colon, Gamboa, Hotel Decameron, Hotel Playa
a surcharge may apply for transportation and lodging for the
bird-guide. Advance quote is necessary.
You will find many comfortable and elegant B&BÂ´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 Panamaâ€™s birds:
â€œThe Birds of Panama, a field guide by George R Angehr and Robert Dean Can
be describe as the â€œbibleâ€ forPanama and some Costa Rica birds. First
published 2010. 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 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
Among the specialties found in El Valle and Cerro El Gaital:
Slaty Antwren,Black-headed Antthrush,Common Bush-Tanager,Black-face
Grosbeak,Green Hermit,Violet-headed Hummingbird,White-tailed Emerald,
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant,White-ruffed Manakin,Blue-and-white
Swallow,White-throated Thrush,Silver-throated Tanager,
Black-and-yellow Tanager,Orange-bellied Trogon,Yellow-eared Toucanet,Plain
Antvireo,Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch,Red-legged Honeycreepers,Thick-billed
Euphonias ,Clay-colored Robins,Black-chested Jays ,Rufous Motmot ,Blue-grays
Tanager,Flame-rumped Tanager,Crimson-backed Tanager,White-lined Tanager,Palm
Tanager,Dusky-faced Tanager,Red-crowned Ant-Tanager ,Rufous-tailed
Hummingbird,Green Hermit, Green Thorntail, White-vented
hummingbird,Purple-crowned Fairy,Violet-crowned Woodnymph,Garden
Emerald,Stripe-throated Hermit,Rufous-crested Coquette,Emeral
Tanager,Bay-headed Tanager,Golden-hooded Tanager,Flame-rumped
Tanager,Tawny-crested Tanager,Silver-throated Tanager,Barred Hawk,Bat
Falcon ,Lineated Woodpecker,Keel-billed Toucan,Orange-bellied Trogon,Spotted
Woodcreeper,Paltry Tyrannulet,Tawny-capped Euphonia,Scarlet-thighed
Dacnis,Tody Motmot,Lance-tailed Manakin,Yellow Tryannulet,White-bellied
Antbird,Yellow-crowned Euphonia,...and more
available. Flexibility is our trade mark. If your business, working or
family responsibilities donâ€™t allow birding trip we offer, we can work
together on a Custom Itinerary and cover your expectations.
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