The Wonderful Wildlife Highlights Of Panama

13 Days from £5490 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving

A perfect itinerary for nature lovers wishing to experience the natural wonders of Panama whilst staying in comfortable accommodations. Explore wildlife-rich waterways and the Pipeline Road; visit enchanting cloud forests for resplendent quetzal and three-wattled bellbird; finally, enjoy the Caribbean Sea in luxury to round off a tour designed to make your Panama travels that little bit easier and more enjoyable.

Itinerary

Price from £5490 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Arrive Panama City, capital of Panama, in the early evening and transfer to Soberania National Park.

Staying at Canopy Tower. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Panama Canal

Board an expedition boat and explore Gatun Lake, passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the Panama Canal. Along the way spot green iguana, three-toed sloth, caiman, osprey, snail kite and keel-billed toucan, and look out for white-faced capuchin, mantled howler monkey, Central American spider monkey, and Geoffroy’s tamarind.

Staying at Canopy Tower. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Soberania National Park

After breakfast explore Soberania National Park in the Panama Canal watershed. The 55,000-acres of tropical rainforest boast 525 species of birds including the black hawk-eagle and a great array of North American migrants, 105 species of mammals including tamandua, two and three-toed sloth, four species of monkeys, and 59 endemic plant species in four life zones. Enjoy spectacular views of Soberania’s vastness and canpy bird species from a 32-metre observation tower at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, hike the trails and explore the famous Pipeline Road.

Staying at Canopy Tower. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Volcan

After breakfast transfer to Albrook Airport and fly to David. Met on arrival and transfer to the remote lodge on the western side of the Baru Volcano. Spend the rest of the day in guided exploration of the area.

Staying at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Volcan

A day at leisure to explore the trails on your own and enjoy the wildlife that inhabits the surrounding forest.

Staying at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Boquete

After breakfast visit Finca Ceriana and explore the local nature trail, climb the canopy tower, and visit a trapiche (sugar cane mill). Transfer to the eastern side of the Baru Volcano in the late afternoon.

Staying at Finca Lerida. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Boquete

Enjoy a morning’s small group guided birdwatching walk in the Finca’s private cloud forest reserve. There is a network of professionally built trails along which one can spot resplendent quetzal and three-wattled bellbird, among many other fascinating cloud forest species. Also in the forest are mammals such as peccary and deer, and there are fantastic viewpoints along the trails. In the afternoon there is a small group tour of the farm to learn about the production of coffee.

Staying at Finca Lerida. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 - Bocas del Toro

In the morning drive up through the cloud forest and across the Continental Divide, leaving the Pacific behind and descending through the forest to the pineapple fields and banana plantations of the Caribbean, arriving at La Escapada. From here it is a boat transfer to the lodge on the southern tip of Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago.

Staying at Tranquilo Bay. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 - Bocas del Toro

Spend the day exploring the area, both on land, and above and below the water! As well as its own rainforest trails with good birdlife, flaming poison frogs, sloths, white-faced capuchins and night monkeys, the lodge abuts the Bastimentos National Marine Park.

Guests can swim, snorkel, kayak and hike directly from the lodge on their own. In addition one guided activity is included each day from a beach trip, birding, snorkelling, rainforest hike, surfing or kayakking.

Staying at Tranquilo Bay. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Bocas del Toro

Another day to explore the area, both on land, and above and below the water.

Staying at Tranquilo Bay. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Panama City

A final morning to explore the rainforest and waters around the lodge. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to Albrook domestic airport, Panama City and on to your hotel.

Staying at Country Inn and Suites. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Panama City

After an early breakfast explore Panama City’s Metropolitan Park. This park protects some of the last remnants of tropical dry forest in the Central Pacific and harbours 227 species of birds including the lance-tailed manakin, 45 mammals including Geoffroy’s tamarind, 36 reptiles and 14 amphibians. It is also home to the Smithsonian Canopy Crane, a 42-metre tall construction crane owned by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Here visitors are lifted in a small gondola up through the forest canopy to enjoy the rainforest from above, perhaps eyeballing a sloth along the way!

In the afternoon transfer to Tocumen International Airport for the flight out.

Staying at On plane. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Depart Panama

Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London and certain regional airports to Panama City on KLM via Amsterdam, on Iberia via Madrid, or via the USA on Delta, American or United.

Best visited:
December to April

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Upgrade to a suite at Canopy Tower in Soberania National Park. The lodge has just two – the Blue Cotinga Suite and the Harpy Eagle Suite.

For a more birding oriented itinerary, add a visit to Canopy Lodge at El Valle de Anton in the foothills of Central Panama.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Excellent and very enjoyable holiday. Panama definitely offers plenty to occupy a three-week trip (and more).

Mr & Mrs M - Edinburgh

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Canopy Tower: 9.077615, -79.649164
Hotel Finca Lerida: 8.812992, -82.483605
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge: 9.255270, -82.145419
Country Inn and Suites: 8.940977, -79.555859