Rainforest Birds and Poison Frogs of Panama

The above video was created for Tranquilo Bay Resort, our destination lodge… a spectacular location full of wildlife!

This amazing Panama photo workshop will include in-depth, hands-on photo instruction as we photograph reptiles and amphibians, monkeys, sloths, butterflies and, of course, birds. We will spend time photographing with special set-ups for hummingbirds in the gardens and around feeders. Landscape photography will also be explored as will photoshop skills and image workflow.

The stars of our photo workshop, however, will certainly be the Poison Dart Frogs. We can photograph as many as six different species and, in the case of Oophaga pumilio, we could photograph as many as a dozen color morphs. Oophaga pumilio comes in a wide array of red, green, blue, orange and gold morphs… some with small spots, some with big spot and some with no spots at all!

The ‘ultra-luxury’ Tranquilo Bay Resort is one of Central America’s hottest new rainforest destinations, a paradise that’s home to 400 bird species and a plethora of colorful Poison Dart Frog species! This trip will be based at the lodge for the full trip, with day-trips to other great photo locations.

While at the lodge we will have many options to explore by motor boat, kayak and on foot as we discover wildlife galore. Kinkajous, Crab-eating Raccoons, American Crocodiles, Iguanas and other species of lizards and many, many birds will fill each day with photographic opportunities!

  • Workshop Cost
  • 9-days/8-nights


    2018 Cost - Photographers

    $4950 per person from Panama City, double occupancy
    (INCLUDES cost of local r/t flight--Panama City/Bocas del Toro ~$300)


    NON-Photographer Companions Discounted Cost (Sharing with photographer)
    $4000 per person from Panama City, double occupancy
    (INCLUDES cost of local r/t flight--Panama City/Bocas del Toro ~$300)



    If a single room is preferred there will be a $900 single supplement fee


    Full payment required 120 days prior to departure date.


    Cost Includes

    All lodging, meals, instructions, guide fees, local flights, ground transportation, airport transfers, boat transfers, daily boat excursions.


    Cost does not include

    International airfare, passport fees, visa fees, airport taxes, laundry, phone calls or anything of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

  • Itinerary
  • Basic Itinerary


    Day 1: Arrive in Panama City

    Upon arrival in Panama City we will stay the night in our local hotel.


    Day 2: Fly to Bocas del Toro

    Todays flight will be very early in the morning--about 5:00am. Upon arrival in Bocas we will board our boat and motor to our lodge on a remote island in time for a late breakfast before we begin our adventure!



    We will have many photo opportunities as we explore the lodge property and surrounding islands within the bay. Each island offers its own unique wildlife balance.



    Different islands offer a plethora of colorful Poison Dart Frog species, offering amazing close-up photography opportunities!


    One island is home to many Green and Black Poison Dart Frogs (Dendrobates auratus) while others have the various color morphs of the Oophaga Pumilio Dart Frog. We will find many others and have multiple opportunities for amazing macro photography of these curious little creatures.



    Each day will offer many great bird photography opportunities, including hummingbirds, toucans and thousands of parrots. The lodge has feeders which will allow is to do some set-ups for more predictable and wonderful images.



    Squirrel Monkeys, White-faced Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Timandua, Kinkajou, and Sloths can be found in the forest canopy while Crocodiles, and Dolphins are found in the bay. Every level of the forest from the water’s edge has a new wonder to be discovered!



    The lodge’s canopy tower rises high above the forest canopy for not only a great view of the bay, but also close-up views of canopy dwelling birds and wildlife as well as eye-level flight shots!



    Kayaks offer some of the best opportunities for exploring the wildlife of the mangroves: birds, mammals and reptiles! We will have a couple opportunities to paddle the calm waters in search of fantastic images!



    Snorkeling in the mangroves will offer great close-ups of fish and corals in ultra-clear Caribbean. The mangroves are used as a nursery for many species and larger fish come to feed upon the weaker young. Mammals often come to the water’s edge, ignoring our presence.



    We wil visit islands within the bay that are home to monkeys, frogs and more birds!


    Day 8: Return to Panama City

    Mid-afternoon we will travel by boat, then plane, back to Panama City for our final dinner in Panama.


    Day 9: Return home

    Flights home anytime today.


  • Accommodations

    Our secluded facility was designed to remove you from pressures of the real world and to comfortably immerse you in one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.

    Tranquilo Bay is adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park. We have over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline covered in coral gardens teaming with tropical fish. Our facilities encompass over 200 acres and three ecosystems, with over a mile of hiking trails full of wildlife. At least 75% of the acreage has been left to evolve in its natural state. Extreme biodiversity of flora and fauna, tropical rainforest, primary growth mangrove forest, incredible coral reef, and the Caribbean Sea are here for your onsite exploration.

    See more at: http://www.tranquilobay.com/accommodations/facilities.html#sthash.dTWKTJgC.dpuf