Panama City & The Highlands Adventure



Panama City & The Highlands Adventure

Metropolitan Natural Park lies in the heart of the Panama City. Its known for its tropical rainforest and serves as a interoceanic biological corridor formed by several protected areas stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Its home to over 250 species of birds, 45 species of mammals including Geoffroy’s tamarins, two-toed and three-toed sloths. The park’s five trails ascend to the top of Cerro Cedro and offer impressive views of Panama City.

This is an amazing cultural and bird watching tour through Panama, which traverses some of the best bird-watching sites in the world. Spot over 400 species of bird on this fantastic tour, including endemic species to Panama. Travel on the infamous Pipeline Road, through the Highland Rainforest, to Smithsonian’s Barro Colorado Island, Chagres Lowland Rainforest and many more ecologically rich regions. Activities include jungle and mountain hiking, visiting quaint villages and meeting friendly indigenous tribes.

What We Love
  • The Metropolitan & Soberania National Parks are known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
  • Stay at an eco lodge, explore the surrounding forest and view a variety of birds.
  • Explore an ecosystem with over 400 species of birds including the Golden-headed Quetzal
  • Chiriqui highlands offer bird watching, walking, mountain biking and horse-riding activities.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • Panama is renowned for its riptides. Stay out of choppy water.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Panama tours easily combine with touring in Costa Rica and other destinations in Central America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Panama City & The Highlands Adventure Pipeline Rd, Burbayar Forest, Cerro Punta, Boquete
(12 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 for your four-night stay.
Overnight at Casco Viejo

Day 02 –  Birdwatching - Metropolitan Park
Panama City With your private guide and driver, take a tour of the Metropolitan National Park. Located adjacent to Panama City, this is the only urban park in Latin America that has easy access to the tropical semi-deciduous forest. The park is the home to stunning birds such as the incredibly pink Rosy Thrush-tanager, Lance-tailed Manakin, Slaty Ant Wren, Pheasant Cuckoo, and a Panama endemic- the Yellow-green Tyrannulet. Over 200 species have been recorded along the forest trails.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B, L)

Day 03 –  Birdwatching - Pipeline Road
Panama City Today explore the Pipeline Road located in the Soberania National Park. Pipeline Road is considered one of the best birding spots in the world. More than 300 species were spotted here in a single day during the Audubon Society’s Christmas Count. Admire unusual birds such as the Staty-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Antbirds, Antthrushes, Antshrikes, Antwrens and the White-whikered.
Overnight at Casco Viejo  (B, L)

Day 04 – Birdwatching - Barro Colorado
Panama City Take a guided excursion to the Barro Colorado Nature Monument towards the town of Gamboa, the mid-point of the Panama Canal. There you will board a boat for a 45 minute trip through Gatun Lake to the area of Barro Colorado Nature Monument (BCNM). At Wheeler Cove on the West Side of Barro Colorado Island, observe the flora and fauna of the area from the comfort and safety of our boat. After exploring the coves, proceed to Peninsula Gigante on the mainland for a nature hike on the Cima Trail for approximately 2 kilometres to observe more of the flora and fauna. After the lunch return to the city via Gamboa.
Overnight at Casco Viejo  (B, L)

Day 05 – Transfer
Burbayar Forest Take a private transfer to Burbayar Forest.
Burbayar is in the middle of a tropical rainforest, on the summit of the San Blas range, between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the ideal place for nature observers. Your eco-lodge is situated deep within the rainforests and is an ecological paradise. Take one of the many nature trails that leave from your doorstep, or simply relax in the idyllic surrounds- however you choose to spend your time you’ll undoubtedly observe a rich array of exotic flora and fauna.
Overnight at Posada Eco Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Return
Panama City This rainforest will expose birdwatchers to species such as the Great Tinamou, Gray Hawk, Barred Forest-falcon, Gray–headed Chachalaca, Blue-headed Parrot, Shining Honewycreeper, Palm Tanager, Indigo Bunting and much more. In the afternoon transfer back to Panama City.
Overnight at Casco Viejo  (B, L)

Day 07 – Transfer
Chiriqui Highlands Take a private transfer to the local airport for a domestic flight to David (West of Panama City). Travel over 6,300 feet above sea level to the highlands of Volcan in the Pila Hill Formation in the Amistad International Park.

The Quetzales lodge is known for its close proximity to a resident group of Resplendent Quetzales. These magnificent birds, with their emerald green tails flowing two feet behind them, are exceedingly rare in Central America. Here at Volcan, your chances of seeing them are excellent. They are often accompanied by Emerald Toucanets. Our first day will allow us to look for Quetzals.
Overnight at Los Quetzales (B, L)

Day 08 – Birdwatching - Quetzales Trail
Chiriqui Highlands Search the surrounding areas Los Quetzales for birds such as the large-footed finches, Peg-billed Finches, Black-cheeked Warblers, Long-tailed Silky Flycatchers, Zeledonias and Silvery-fronted Tapaculo.

After lunch, continue bird watching in Volcan Lakes for the Masked Duck, Northern Jacana, and other aquatic birds. The Pale-billed Woodpecker, Antbirds, Flycatchers and Tanagers may also be spotted.
Overnight at Los Quetzales (B, L)

Day 09 – Highlands
Boquete Continue to Boquete for further middle and high elevation birding. In the afternoon proceed to the Pacific slope at mid elevation and view birds such as the Red-headed Barbet, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Emerald Tanager and Rufous-browed Tyranulet. An optional late afternoon birding tour by the Caldera River is available; it is home to Dippers and Torrent Tyrannulets.

Optional tours available: White water river rafting, Tree Trek or zipline adventure in the cloud forest, horseback riding and coffee tours.
Overnight at Finca Lerida or Panamonte Hotel (B, L)

Day 10 – Baru Volcano
Boquete Drive to Baru Volcano which is approximately 11,000 feet above sea level for highland birding, specifically to look for Timberline Species such as Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Silvery-throated Jay, Black-faced Solitaire and the Barred Becard.
Overnight at Finca Lerida or Panamonte Hotel (B, L)

Day 11 – Transfer
Panama City Take a private transfer to David airport for your flight to Panama City. Your afternoon will be free to enjoy at your leisure.
Overnight at Bristol Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)

Panama City & The Highlands Adventure Panama

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

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.