Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intermediate with some early starts

Group Size:

Nine plus leaders

Green Honeycreeper Green Shrike-vrieo Snowcap Streak-chested Antpitta Blue-headed Parrot Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant Ocellated Antbird Geoffrey's Tamarin Monkey Spectacled Owl

Panama - Canopy Tower and El Valle

Date: 28th November - 7th December 2021 (SPACES)
Leaders: Ashley Saunders and local guides



Canopy Tower
We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting itinerary to tropical Panama and the world famous Canopy Tower. Nestling between Columbia and Costa Rica, this narrow isthmus boasts a rich tropical avifauna of around nine hundred species. The transport links are very good due to the well developed Canal Zone, and travel times are much reduced compared to neighbouring countries where roads are often appalling. Our friends at the Canopy Tower and Lodge will guide us throughout our visit to some of the country’s best birding areas, and there will also be time in the itinerary to visit the breathtaking lock systems at Miraflores on the Panama Canal. We visit at the end of the wet season, so we can expect some heavy downpours but an otherwise hot and dry climate, particularly on the Pacific coast. At this time, many migrants from North America are settled in for the winter and this adds a huge range of exciting warblers, vireos and waders to the trip list! Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Golden-winged and Bay-breasted Warblers can often be seen flitting about the canopy from the viewing gallery, where we start our mornings watching the sun rise over the rainforest and listening to the roar of distant Howler Monkey troops. A range of parrots and toucans and tricky canopy species such as Green Shrike-Vireo, can be seen at eye level from this remarkable viewpoint. Visiting the world-famous Pipeline Road, we'll be searching for elusive forest residents such as various ant-wrens, ant-viroes, ant-shrikes and ant-pittas which often follow the Army Ant swarms through the forest. Woodcreepers, trogons and motmots of various kinds can also be found and perhaps we will get a glimpse of the near-mythical Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo - seen on our tour in 2013! Moving to Canopy Lodge, we enjoy a new set of birds as we visit cloud forest around the caldera of an extinct volcano looking for the enigmatic Snowcap and Black-crowned Antpitta. The Pacific lowlands bring a whole new habitat again as we visit coastal ricefields for a plethora of American shorebirds as well as a chance of the rare Aplomado Falcon. Days in the field will be long with some early starts, but we will build in down time as well for relaxation, a swim in one of the natural pools, visit to local markets or perhaps for the more adventurous a go on the zip line system through the forest canopy known as Canopy Adventure! Your tour leader will be Ashley Saunders, who has a wealth of experience guiding Central American birding tours having travelled extensively in Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and the Caribbean. You can expect to see around 320 species.


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