Our trip will be based at the luxurious Gamboa Rainforest Resort for 8-days and 7-nights, only minutes from world-class birding along the famous Pipeline Road where we will visit on two separate days. Other locations we will visit on the Pacific side include Semaphore Hill, Plantation Road, Summit Gardens and the Harpy Eagle project, Summit Ponds and Metro Park to seek Lance-tailed Manakin and Rosy-thrush Tanager. All locations are minutes away from Gamboa.
Best known for the Canal, the narrow strip of land that forms Panama runs almost east-west between its Central American neighbor, Costa Rica (sharing the mountain range), and the South American country of Colombia. As a land-bridge between two continents, Panama funnels a tremendous diversity of birds and other wildlife. Over 900 species of birds have been recorded within the borders of Panama.
We will drive to Caribbean side for a full day of exploration, birding Escobál and Achiote Roads to seek additional species such as Dusky-faced Tanager and Pied Puffbird before enjoying a close-up and personal visit to the Gatún Locks on the Panama Canal. At the end of the day we will take the scenic Trans-Continental Train back to Panama City, returning again to Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Focus and Highlights
Panama offers fantastic birds, but also monkeys, anteaters and other great wildlife. We will also explore the engineering marvel, the Panama Canal, with close-up looks at Gatún Locks while watching a ship or two pass through. A ride on the Panama Canal Trans-continental Train and a visit to a local Artisian’s Market will round out this fun adventure!
Central Panama, known as the ‘Canal Zone’, from the Pacific to the Atlantic/Caribbean all while based at the luxurious Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
We are working on an option pre- or post-trip extension for this tour that may include visiting a Harpy Eagle nesting area… IF the Harpy Eagles are active at the nest. Once we have reports about the expected activity for January, we will create this extension and let registrants know!
ACTIVE HARPY EAGLE NEST!