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Panama Birding Tour

Featuring central and eastern lowland rainforests.

Dates: Jan. 28 to Feb. 06, 2020

Cost: US$ 3,950.00


Very few places in the world can boast so many bird species in such a small area. Panama’s sheer numbers and astonishing variety of plant and animal life will amaze the most demanding traveler.

This tour starts at the Canopy Tower located just outside Panama City at the heart of Soberanía National Park. The tower has an observation deck 50 feet above the ground with great views of the forest’s canopy. We will explore the surrounding areas traveling on board of specialized birding vehicles or bird-mobiles where we will visit some of Panama’s best birding sites, including the world famous Pipeline Road.

The last few days of the tour will be spent at the Canopy Camp located in Panama’s less developed state, Darién. This area is home of some of Panama’s rarest birds as well as the mighty Harpy Eagle.

Bird highlights: Royal Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Blue-crowned Manakin, Slaty-backed Forest Falcon, Buff-rumped Warbler, Blue Cotinga, Sunbittern, Agami Heron, Dull-mantled Antbird, Great Curassow, Cinamon Woodpecker, Black-crowned Antpitta, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Speckled Mourner, Ocellated Antbird, Rufous-winged and Moustached antwrens, White-fronted Nunbird, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Black-and-white Owl, Harpy Eagle.

Mammal highlights: Tayra, Red-tailed Squirrel, Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth, Three-toed sloths, Jaguarundi, White-nosed Coati, Common Opossum, Northern Tamandua, Collared Peccary, Panamanian Night Monkey, Paca, Central American Woolly Opossum and Rothschild’s Porcupine.

To download a detailed itinerary for more information, please click here.

About the Guide

Rodney Fuentes is a birdwatcher, naturalist, and filmmaker. He is a tour leader specialized in guiding nature tours to Central and South America. His focus tours is primarily oriented towards birdwatchers, nature photographers, and people with a special interest in natural history.

In 2014 Rodney and his family spent a year in Panama exploring, hiking, and birding in some of Panama’s best birding spots.

Rodney has worked and volunteered for several NGOs including the Venezuelan Audubon Society, Phelps Ornithological Museum, Birds Studies Canada, and the Peterborough Field Naturalist Club. Rodney lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

In March 2001 I arranged a birding trip to eastern Venezuela and the tepuis. Our main targets were the 30 or so endemics of that area. With our guide Rodney Fuentes, we found all but four of them, a truly outstanding accomplishment. We also had great looks at many other desired birds like Harpy Eagle, Crimson Topaz, White Bellbird, many jacamars, antbirds, parrots, and other tropical species. Rodney knew where to go, he knew the birds and their calls, and his congenial, enthusiastic personality made each day a fun time. Robert Ake

Norfolk, VA. USA.

I’ve been to Venezuela a couple of times since last year. I let a Japanese birding group to Venezuela as a leader, sponsored by Japanese nature tour company, Shinwa Tourist Company. It was a memorable trip. Mr. Rodney Fuentes, our local guide, was a very enthusiastic birder. He was a good spotter and had a tremendous knowledge of birds. Thanks to him, we had a wonderful time birding in Venezuela. R. Fujinami