Day 1 – Arrival
On your arrival to Panama City, you will be met by an Inside Panama Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.
Day 2 – Panama City & Miraflores Visitor Center (B, L)
Today our adventure will start at 09:00 AM on a Full Day City Tour. We’ll start our tour visiting the ruins of Old Panama, which was the first city built on the Pacific Ocean shore in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, and then destroyed in 1671 by the greed of pirate Henry Morgan who set it on fire.
Then we’ll head about 8 kilometers and reach the Casco Antiguo and enjoy walking along alleys and colonial buildings, ruins and streets of stone, and museums and antique churches, where three styles of construction are combined: Spanish, French, and Italian.
A stop at the folk art market at the old YMCA building will be our following stop, just before having lunch at a Panamanian restaurant. After lunch, we’ll reach our final destination of the day, The Miraflores Visitor Center, where visitors have the opportunity to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn firsthand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed.
Back to our Hotel.
Day 3 – Pipeline Road & Summit Ponds (B,BL)
Pipeline Road is one of the world’s top birding sites because of its rich bird diversity. Eight species of wrens, five trogons, four puffbirds, three motmots, many antbirds, and even more flycatchers have been reported from the road. Pipeline Road is also a great place for raptors: all three Forest-Falcons are heard if not seen with ease, and Tiny and Plumbeous Hawks and Ornate Hawk-Eagles have been reported a few times.
Here we’ll look for Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Blue Ground-Dove, Jet Antbird, Black- tailed and Royal Flycatchers.
Summit Garden and Harpy Eagle Exhibit
The botanical gardens are great for migratory warblers and other forest-edge species, and Blue Cotingas are seen every once in a while. The Harpy Eagle is Panama’s national bird and this park is the site of the Harpy Eagle Exhibit, a “state of the art exhibit” sponsored by SONY Corp. which shows films about this magnificent bird, and a full-size nest.
Day 4/5/6 – The Canopy Lodge at Anton Valley. Canopy Lodge Grounds/Feeders (B,L,D)
This fabulous Lodge is located in the mountains of El Valle de Antón, nestled against the cloud forests of Cerro Gaital National Monument. At 2,400-feet in elevation, you will immediately appreciate the noticeably cooler temperatures here!
The following 3 days we’ll spend birding the surroundings of the Lodge and some trails near the area where we can see some species such as Crimson-backed, Blue- gray, White-lined, Flame-rumped, Dusky-faced & Plain-colored tanagers, along with Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers that are about, as are Thick-billed Euphonia, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Streaked & Buff-throated saltators, Lineated & Red-crowned woodpeckers, Red-legged Honeycreepers, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Social Flycatcher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Barred Antshrike, Clay-colored Thrush, Rufous Motmot; Rufous-tailed, Snowy-bellied & Violet-headed hummingbirds, and many others.
Day 7 – Transfer back to Panama City & free afternoon (B)
Transfer back to our Panama City Hotel.
Day 8 – Birding Achiote Road (B,BL)
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 Oropendola, 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.
Day 9: Depart Panama (B)
This morning you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport for your departure flight back home.
Included: all lodging, meals as specified on the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= lunch, BL=box lunch, D=dinner), private transportation on a/c minivan, driver-guide; entrance fees where needed.
Not included: International airfare, departure taxes ($40 per person), meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, tips, extras in hotels (laundry, telephone calls, room service, etc.)