|Day 1: Arrival into Panama City
You will be met by a representative of the tour at the
airport and driven to the Albrook Inn Hotel. The Hotel is
located in a nice area, surrounded by nature and with
easy access to the main bird spots of the Panama Canal
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be able to bird the
grounds effectively, likely picking up your first trip birds
and first Panama life birds.
Though this is mostly an arrival day, we will offer
afternoon birding for anyone arriving by 1 PM.
That evening, we will all have supper together and have a
full trip orientation. We will finish up by 8 PM so that
everyone can get a good night's sleep for an early start in
Day 2: Metropolitan Nature Park
We will start early and head to the nearby Metropolitan
With a list of 267 bird species, the Metropolitan Park is
the largest tropical forest park within the limits of a Latin
American city, this a good place to find birds of the Pacific
forest of the Panama Canal.
Some of the key birds, which we will be looking for on our
first full day of birding, include several Panama
endemics: Yellow-green Tyrannulet (rare), Lance-tailed
Manakin, and the elusive Rosy-thrush Tanager. We will
also look for the difficult to find Pheasant Cuckoo.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll go to the
Smithsonian Nature Center at Culebra Island to look for
the Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler and the Northern Scrub-
Day 3: Pipeline Road & Discovery Center Tower
Day of Birding at the famous Pipeline Road and the
surrounding areas of the Soberania National Park. From
a new observation tower, 100 feet’s high, enjoy fantastic
views of the tropical moist forest and several Canopy
Dwellers, such as the Blue Cotinga and flocks of Keel-
billed Toucans. Visit to the Rainforest Discovery Center
gardens where some of the easy to photograph birds
include: Slaty-tailed Trogon, Black-breasted Puffbird and
Broad-billed Motmot. Admire hummingbird feeders
teeming with acrobatic fliers who are in a battled
dominated by the White-necked Jacobin. Visit to the
ammo-dumps near Gamboa, to look for water birds, such
as the Rufescent Tiger-Heron.
Day 4: Old Gamboa Road & Plantation Road
Explore another hot spot at the Canal corridor, looking for
Spectacled Owls and Blue-crowned Motmot. Scan the
Summit Ponds for Amazon, Green, Ringed Kingfishers
and nesting Boat-billed Herons. Bird walk under the
evergreen forest of Plantation Road, there are
possibilities to find army ant-swarms and many of the
birds that follow these ants, such as Spotted Antbird, and
Ocellated Antbird. Some other specialties of the
Plantation Road include: Golden-crowned Spadebill,
Olivaceous Flatbill, White-whiskered Puffbird and more.
The rainforest of the Panama Canal are highly diverse,
we go over the list every day! Afternoon transfer to the
Caribbean Slope, we’ll spend two nights there.
Day 5: Achiote Road – Atlantic side of the Panama
We'll spend the day on the Western Caribbean bank of
the Panama Canal. Along the Achiote Road, on the edge
of the San Lorenzo National Park, we’ll search for Spot-
crowned Barbet, Pied Puffbird, and White-headed Wren.
At mid-morning we'll go to the Trogon Trail, a short loop
under ever-wet forest to look for forest-interior birds, such
as Chestnut-backed, Spotted, Bicolored and Ocellated
Antbird. Several species of trogons could be found, like
White-tailed Trogon, and Black-throated Trogon. Achiote
is an important site for diurnal raptors. Skies should be
watched for King Vulture, Gray-headed Kite and Hook-
billed Kite. Lunch we’ll be at a community owned
restaurant at Achiote.
Day 6: Sierra Llorona – Caribbean Slope
Morning birding on the slopes of Sierra Llorona, the place
is located 300m above see level on the Caribbean slope,
conditions are good to find some foothill tanagers such as
Sulphur-rumped Tanager and Rufous-winged Tanager.
The private trails of the reserve are good to find Syristes,
Olive-striped Flycatcher, Olivaceous Flatbill and more.
Sierra Llorona is an excellent place to find Owls such as:
Crested Owl, Mottled Owl, Black and White Owl and
Common and Great Pooto sometimes call right out from
your window. Afternoon transfer to Cerro Azul, we’ll stop
on the way to look for shorebirds at the Panama City
Day 7: Cerro Azul Foothills & Birder’s View at the
Chagres National Park
Visit to the Chagres National Park. The 129,000 hectares
of forest, protects the headwaters of the Chagres River,
the main provider of water of the Panama Canal. From
the gated community of Cerro Azul there is easy access
to several trails and roads that leads into the Park. Visit to
Birder’s Views, a lookout with hummingbird feeders and
trails where we'll go in search of the national endemic
Striped-cheeked Woodpecker, Rufous-crested Coquette,
Violet-capped Hummingbird, and Scaled Pigeons.
Gardens and feeders lure a colorful mixture of tanagers
such as Emerald, Bay-headed, Speckled and Rufous-
wing Tanagers. Soaring Black-and-white-Hawk Eagle is
often seen at Cerro Azul.
Day 8: Cerro Azul Foothills & Cerro Jefe at the
Chagres National Park
Morning birding around the hotel grounds, look for Yellow-
bellied Seedeater, Swallow-tailed Kite and a nearby
colony of Chestnut-headed Oropendolas.
Transfer to Tocumen Airport for flights out in the
afternoon or consider the Darien Extension Trip.
|8 Days Birding in Panama
|For More Information or to Register for this Trip, call
Charles at 888-203-7464 or directly at 720-320-1974
or by email at info@PIBird.com.
|Canal Zone and Rainforest (Metropolitan Park, Pipeline Road & Discovery Center
Tower, Plantation Road & Old Gamboa Road), Atlantic Side of Canal (Achiote Road),
Caribbean Slope (Sierra Llorona), Cerro Azul Foothills & Chagres National Park
Extensions to Darien or Chiriqui Highlands