Birding at Achiote Road

DSC00211 DSC00373 One of the world’s best birding spots, about 1.5 hour easy drive by highway from Panama City.

This is the site of Panama Audubon Society’s world-famed Christmas Bird Count, which regularly reports over 340 species in a 24-hour period.

White Hawk, Mealy Parrot, Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Black-throated Trogon, Black-breasted and Pied Puffbirds, Spot-crowned Barbet, Montezuma Oropendula, Fasciated Antshrike, Bare-crowned and Bicolored Antbirds, White-headed Wren, Red-breasted Blackbird, Yellow-rumped Tanager and Black-headed Saltator are all regularly seen here

++ Optional  –  (Train runs during week days, NOT weekends)  ADD $35 P/P

On the way back, you will board the transcontinental train for a historical ride alongside the Panama Canal. This 8th wonder of the world is famous for its breathtaking beauty and drama of its construction.

Originally completed in 1855, The Panama Railroad became the first transcontinental railroad. The French Panama Canal Company purchased the railroad in 1880 to assist in their attempt to build the Panama Canal. In 1904, the United States purchased the New Panama Canal Company’s assets from the French, including the railroad. The United States rebuilt and operated the railroad until 1979, when it was transferred to Panama under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. In 1998, Panama privatized the railroad and awarded a 50-year concession to the Panama Canal Company, a joint venture of Kansas City Southern and Mi-Jack Products, to rebuild and operate the line. The new “reborn” railroad began operations in 2000. The visual charms of this train ride will make this an unforgettable trip.