Darien National Park Rainforest Tour
Darién National Park lies along the Colombian border forming a bridge for the migrating birds between South and North America. It contains an exceptional variety of habitats; sandy beaches, mangroves, lowland and upland tropical forests containing remarkable wildlife. The park is home to over 450 birds including the green-naped tanager, the harpy eagle, macaws and parrots. An important bird watching site is located in the Cana Scientific Station in the centre of the park.
This tour provides an ultimate birding adventure so keep your eyes wide open and enjoy this fantastic bird-watching tour. Search for Panama’s national bird, the Harpy Eagle, on this specially designed bird watching tour in the east of the country. Enjoy opportunities for the observation of many endangered and exotic species, whilst being submerged in some truly picturesque tropical settings. You will also explore the Metropolitan Natural Park or Soberania National Park.
Darien National Park Rainforest Tour Panama City, Burbayar, Darien National Park
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel, Country Inn & Suites Amador, located on the Amador Causeway. In the area surrounding the hotel more than 40 species of birds have been identified, thus relax and unpack in perfect surrounds for the beginning of a bird-watching tour.
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador.
Day 02 & 03 – Transfer
Burbayar Lodge Today we take a private 2-3 hour transfer to the north and spend the next two days in and around the eco-friendly Burbayar Lodge. Built with as minimal an impact on the natural environment as possible, and using recyclable and reused materials, this lodge is an idyllic, comfortable house in the mountains. The lodges is set within a beautiful and tropical setting, with numerous forest trails leading from its doors, and at 375 metres above sea level, no mosquitoes can be found.
Overnight at Burbayar Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Birdwatching Tour
Darien Continue your drive in the East to the Darien Province, home to many diverse ecosystems composing a birders dream. More than 400 species of birds have been identified in this area of the country. Keep your eye out for the Golden-headed Quetzal and the Harpy Eagle- Panama’s national bird.
Late afternoon arrive at the Filo del Tallo lodge where you will meet your local native host and leader of the jungle expedition. Proceed to the jungle camp within the beautiful and remote Mogue Embera Village- your home for the coming days. Dinner will be in the community.
Overnight Embera Village Camp (B, L, D)
Day 05 & 06 – Hiking in the forest
Darien Early morning hike through a secondary growth forest looking for birds, especially the Harpy Eagle, an endangered species. Our naturalist and Embera guides will lead the walks. After lunch enjoy more time for spectacular birding opportunities. Dinner will be in the community.
Overnight Embera Village Camp (B, L, D)
Keep your eyes out for species listed below:
Harpy Eagle, Black-and-white Eagle, Crested Eagle, Ornate hawk-Eagle, Rufous-cheeked Hummingbird and Greenish Puffleg, Rufous-vented Cuckoo, Viridian Dacnis, Barred Puffbird, Dusky-backed Jacamar, Black-crowned Antpitta, Cinereous Becard, One-coloured Becard, Black-tipped Cotinga, Sapayoa,Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Wing-banded Antbird, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant, Varied Solitaire and much more!
Day 07 – Birdwatching Tour
Panama City Take an early morning private transfer to Panama City. Check into your hotel and get ready for some last minute birding in the Metropolitan Natural Park or Soberania National Park.
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador (B)
Day 08 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Flight from the US are mostly routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.
When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas, the average annual temperature ranges from 10 C to 19 C at various mountain elevations.