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Darien for Harpy and Crested Eagle and Highlands Panama Birding Tour (12 days) P139

Tour ref. no. P139
Duration: 11 nights (12 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Panama City – Canopy Camp, Darien – Panama City – David – Cerro Punta – David – Panama City
  • Harpy and Crested Eagles – Darién canopy’s superb predators
  • Characterful Great Currasows – Dainty Pearl Kites
  • Red-billed Scythebill and many woodcreepers 
  • Search for shared Western Panama/Costa Rican endemics in the forest of the Western Highlands
  • A jewel of the west – Resplendent Quetzal
  • Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher seen near your lodge garden in the west
  • Nunlets and Nunbirds are very likely on this tour!
  • Admire such diverse species and habitats


Many birders and those with a keen interest in wildlife dream about seeing Harpy and Crested Eagles. Both can prove to be a real challenge.  Well the good news is this tour offers a good chance to see both!  Of course you cannot predict wildlife sightings, but currently staff from Canopy Camp know of two sites for Harpy Eagle and a site for Crested Eagle.  All things being equal and fingers crossed for successful breeding this offers us a really good chance to see two of the best!  It isn’t all about these two magnificent birds, there are plenty of other wonderful species of birds, mammals and butterflies to be enjoyed in some really lovely habitats.

On this small group tour you’ll visit the forested hills and mountains of Western Panama, which share many range-restricted bird species with neighbouring Costa Rica.  The beauty of Panama though is it is lesser known, so you may even explore some incredible trails without coming across another birdwatcher!  Some of those endemics shared only with Costa Rica  include the exquisite Resplendent Quetzal, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Fiery-billed Aracari, Silvery-throated Jay and Flame-throated Warbler.

Also awaken to the songs of eastern Panama’s birds:  Barred Puffbirds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, White-headed Wrens and many more that make up a distinct dawn chorus like no other in Panama.   Located in Central America’s most diverse and least-explored region, the Darién province of Panama is a birder’s paradise.   At Canopy Camp situated in the humid lowlands of far eastern Panama, near the end of the Pan-American Highway, you can feel the wilderness around you just a step outside your tent.   Towering Cuipo trees provide a panorama of Darién and are in clear view above the forest canopy.    As you sip your morning coffee listen for the buzzy trills of Golden-headed Manakins lekking in the forests beside the camp.   A walk with your knowledgeable guide will be thoroughly awe-inspiring and entertaining.   From tiny, colourful poison dart frogs on the forest floor to Red-throated Caracaras in the canopy above, these forests are full of life.  Camp in comfort in custom-designed African safari-style tents with all the amenities offered at other eco-lodges run by the Canopy Family.   At the end of a day’s exploration settle into your tent and doze off as you listen to the calls of owls, potoos, nightjars and a symphony of frogs.

The province of Darién is revered for its incredible wildlife and blessed with an immense expanse of protected rainforest in Darién National Park.  However, most of the province has suffered greatly from extensive deforestation as agriculture and cattle are the major sources of income for the people.   Canopy Camp has been established in this sensitive area to raise awareness of the potential that ecotourism has for Darién—creating a source of direct and indirect jobs and income for the local people, offering educational opportunities in communities and promoting environmental conservation.  The presence of Canopy Camp next to the protected forest of Filo del Tallo Hydrological Reserve (65,000 acres) acts as a deterrent to poachers and loggers and will also contribute to the conservation of this important area.  This reserve also provides us with ready access to a mature forest and its wildlife.

Darién, as this entire eastern-most region of Panama is called, is perhaps the most diverse and species-rich region of Central America.   Long coveted by avid birders as an impenetrable haven for rare species, it is now readily accessible by a highway extending through the spine of Panama right into the heart of this bird-rich land.   During this exciting, highly recommended 7-night adventure we visit the Bayano Reservoir en route to Canopy Camp to look for such specialties as the starkly beautiful Black Antshrike, Rufous-winged Antwren and stunning Orange-crowned Oriole.   We also visit the swampy meadows along the Pan-American Highway, haunt of the magnificent Spot-breasted Woodpecker.  We will enjoy great birding through mature secondary forests, tranquil lagoons, scrubby open fields, roadsides and riversides where we hope to get excellent views of Stripe-throated Wren, Black-collared Hawk, Black-capped Donacobius, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Large-billed Seed-Finch and others.   We will spend our nights at Canopy Camp Darién, enjoying comfortable, large, safari-style tent accommodations, each with full-size beds, private bathroom facilities with refreshing showers, flush toilets, electricity from solar panels, and fans.   Surrounded by the protected forests of the Filo del Tallo Hydrological Reserve, the camp itself has such regional specialties as Gray-cheeked Nunlet, White-headed Wren, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Pale-bellied Hermit right in the gardens! This tour offers other surprises such as Spectacled Parrotlet, Golden-green Woodpecker, Double-banded Graytail, King Vulture and the spectacular Great Curassow!

Explore Darién and the Highlands with us; we are sure you will have the birding adventure of your life.

Itinerary and price

24th August 2019 Day 1: Flight to be organised by you

For help with your flight arrangements and to receive a no obligation quote, you can complete the enquiry form on our website or call 0800 280 8947 to speak to a flight advisor at StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a leading retailer of airfares and worldwide flights.

Meals: Dinner at Riande Hotel If you board a flight from the UK very early morning you may well arrive by the evening into Panama City. On arrival in Panama you will need to look out for the free shuttle bus service which is on offer for transfers to Riande Aeropuerto Hotel, just 5 minutes from Tocumen International Airport – details will be supplied.   While you acclimatize to the tropical heat and have a cold drink, you can watch the birds in the grounds of the hotel. Great-tailed Grackle, Clay-colored Thrush, Variable Seedeater, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird and more await your visit. Today all meals, except dinner will be on your own. Our tour will start the following day, bright and early. Night at Riande Auropuerto Hotel
25th August Day 2: Panama City to Canopy Camp via Bayano Lake
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner This morning you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Our guide will arrive at 6:15 am to help with any questions you may have, then soon after breakfast we’ll be heading for eastern Panama! The journey to our final destination is approximately 5 hours but we will make stops along the way in exciting birding areas. As we drive east along the Pan-American Highway we will scan for roadside birds and open-field raptors including Savanna Hawk and Northern Crested Caracara. Our first scheduled stop will be at Bayano Lake, a great opportunity to stretch our legs and see what we can find along the lakeside. This reservoir supports great amounts of water birds, including a large colony of Neotropic Cormorants, as well as Anhinga, Cocoi Heron and the rare Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. We will scan the water’s edge for Purple Gallinule, Pied Water-Tyrant, Smooth-billed Ani and Ruddy-breasted Seedeater. A short trail leading from the water’s edge is a great place to search for Black Antshrike, Bare-crowned Antbird, Rufous-winged Antwren and Golden-collared Manakin. At another great stop along the way, Río Mono Bridge, the surrounding forest is home to One-colored Becard, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Blue Cotinga, Pied Puffbird, Orange-crowned Oriole, Blue Ground-Dove and more. We will also scan the river below for Green-and-rufous Kingfisher and the elusive Fasciated Tiger-Heron. As we enjoy a lovely Panamanian lunch, hummingbirds at the feeders will no doubt capture our attention and Long-billed Starthroat, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Black-throated Mango will provide great photo opportunities! Lunch in TORTI. After lunch we will head back to the Pan-American Highway and continue east and on to Canopy Camp Darién to arrive before daylight fades so we can get acquainted with the setting. After a delicious dinner of fresh American and Panamanian fare we will gather to discuss the days to come, then settle into our tents for the night. Dinner at CANOPY CAMP. Note: To have a good chance to see Harpy Eagle we divert from some of our usual tour locations, the details of which can be found in this itinerary.  We need to leave this decision to our guides to sort which is the best day (weather and sometimes other factors dictate the best day) and to provide the  best birding opportunities within the time available.  So you will miss some of the destinations listed in this itinerary to make way for Harpy and Crested Eagles which of course share their habitats with other great species of fauna. Night at Canopy Camp
26th August Day 3: Canopy Camp Trails and birding to Yaviza
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner We will meet before sunrise for a hot drink and to enjoy the sounds of the birds. Yellow-throated and Keel-billed Toucans call from the towering Cuipo trees, Red-lored and Mealy Parrots fly overhead, White-bellied Antbird, Bright-rumped Attila, White-headed Wren and Golden-headed Manakin sing from the surrounding forest while Pale-bellied Hermit and Sapphire-throated Hummingbird visit the flowers. Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Barred Puffbird are also seen frequently around the campsite. We will be served a hearty breakfast at 7:30 am. After breakfast we will work our way into the forest on “Nando’s Trail,” in hope of finding Tiny Hawk, Black Antshrike, Great Antshrike, Olive-backed Quail-Dove, Cinnamon Becard, Black-tailed Trogon, Double-banded Graytail, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Yellow-breasted Flatbill, Northern Royal Flycatcher and Russet-winged Schiffornis. We will also be looking for groups of Red-throated Caracara, King Vulture and Short-tailed Hawk overhead in the clearings. Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Plumbeous and Zone-tailed Hawks are also possible. Lunch at CANOPY CAMP. After lunch we can enjoy the hummingbirds and other species around the camp, dip our feet into the rocky stream or have a siesta. Then we will head southeast and will explore the forests and swampy meadows along the road toward Yaviza which is about a one hour drive, to the end of the Pan-American Highway. Black-billed Flycatcher, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Jet Antbird, Black Oropendola, Pied Water-Tyrant, Bicolored Hawk, Black-collared Hawk, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Limpkin, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Black-capped Donacobius and Red-breasted Blackbird can all be found as we head farther into Darién today. We will return to camp in time to freshen up for dinner. After dinner we will gather to look for owls, including Striped, Crested, Western Barn, Black-and-white and Mottled owls, as well as Common and Great Potoos and some nocturnal mammals are likely. We will end the day with our checklist, tallying our sightings for the first full day at Canopy Camp. Dinner at CANOPY CAMP. Night at Canopy Camp
27th August Day 4: El Salto Road, Las Lagunas Road and Aruza Lagoons
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner We will meet for an early breakfast, then head to El Salto Road (30 minutes from Canopy Camp) for the morning. It extends 6 km north from the Pan-American Highway and ends at the mighty Río Chucunaque. The open road and surrounding dry forest is a great area to search for regional specialties including Golden-green Woodpecker, Double-banded Graytail, Blue-and-yellow and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Black and Crested Oropendolas, Blue Cotinga, White-eared Conebill, Black-breasted Puffbird, Orange-crowned Oriole and the majestic King Vulture. A trail at the end of the road will take us into low-canopy forest, where we hope to find Bare-crowned Antbird, Pale-bellied Hermit, Olivaceous Piculet, Streak-headed Woodcreeper and Forest Elaenia. Lunch at CANOPY CAMP. This afternoon we will bird along the road to Las Lagunas which extends 12 km south off the Pan-American Highway through open farmland, dry scrub and roadside habitat. The road eventually crosses a small stream and ends at small ponds. Along the roadsides we hope to find Red-breasted Blackbird, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Flatbill, White-headed Wren, Smooth-billed and Greater Ani, Muscovy Duck, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Southern Lapwing, Blue-headed Parrot, Striped Cuckoo, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Ringed and Amazon Kingfishers, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Wren, Bananaquit, Giant and Shiny cowbirds, Crested Oropendola, Laughing Falcon and Aplomado Falcon. If we’re lucky, we may get a glimpse of a Chestnut-fronted Macaw or a shy Little Cuckoo, both having been seen along this road. At the lagoons, we hope to find Pied Water-Tyrant, Capped Heron, the beautiful Yellow-hooded Blackbird and the extraordinary Black-capped Donacobius, a great habitat for all these wonderful species! The drive time this afternoon will be approximately one hour each way. Dinner at CANOPY CAMP. Night at Canopy Camp
28th August Day 5: Quebrada Felix and Lajas Blancas
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner We will meet for an early breakfast at the Canopy Camp. This morning we bird Quebrada Felix, just 30 minutes for Canopy Camp and nestled at the base of the Filo del Tallo Hydrological Reserve. Surrounded by tall trees and mature lowland forest, we will walk the rocky stream in search of some of Panama’s most wanted species, trying for Black-crowned Antpitta, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Speckled Mourner, Ocellated Antbird, Rufous-winged and Moustached Antwrens, White-fronted Nunbird, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Royal Flycatcher and our endemic, the Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker. It is also a great spot to find Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Bicolored Antbird, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Double-banded Graytail and much more. Crested and Solitary Eagles have even been spotted here, a great testament to the mature forest of the area. Quebrada Felix is becoming a favorite spot among our guides and recent visitors! Lunch at CANOPY CAMP. This afternoon we explore the open areas and mixed forests of Lajas Blancas, the closest Embera indigenous community to the Canopy Camp with a population of over 1000 residents. Just 15 minutes away, the area around the community boasts great birding and the opportunity to find many Darién specialties! After turning off the Pan-American Highway, we drive through pasture and open farmland—a great place to see One-colored Becard, Great Potoo, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Black Antshrike and Black Oropendola. During the dry season, a bridge across the Chucunaque River provides us easy access to some mature secondary forest where Double-banded Graytail, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-winged and Cinnamon Becards, Cinnamon and Golden-green Woodpeckers, manakins and others can be found. Beyond the community, the road continues and there is much more forest, including primary forest at its far reaches, waiting to be explored. Dinner at CANOPY CAMP. Night at Canopy Camp
29th August Day 6: Nuevo Vigia FULL DAY, for a minimum of 4 guests
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner PLEASE NOTE  WE WILL SWAP THIS FULL DAY FOR EITHER THE HARPY EAGLE OR CRESTED EAGLE EXCURSION.  TIME WITHIN THE REST OF THE PROGRAMME NEEDS TO BE FORFEITED TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE OTHER! We will awake once again to the energetic dawn chorus of oropendolas, wrens, antbirds, manakins, parrots and toucans as the sun rises over eastern Panama. After a satisfying breakfast we will once again leave the Canopy Camp for a morning filled with great birds! We head for Nuevo Vigia, an Embera village nestled north of the Pan-American Highway, surrounded by secondary growth dry forest and two small lakes, all of which attract an enticing variety of birds. The village is accessible by “piragua”, the locally-made dugout canoe. As we coast along the Chucunaque and Tuquesa Rivers we will keep our eyes and ears open for Chestnut-headed, Crested and Black Oropendolas, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Common Black Hawk, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Red-billed Scythebill, Capped and Cocoi Herons, White Ibis, Greater Ani, Solitary Sandpiper and other water birds. The majority of the morning’s birding will be spent at the lakes, good for Black-collared Hawk, Bare-crowned and White-bellied Antbirds, Green Ibis, Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Black-tailed Trogon, Striped Cuckoo, Black-bellied Wren, Little Tinamou, Golden-green Woodpecker and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher! In the village of Nuevo Vigia, local artisans weave colourful, decorative masks and plates from palm fronds and carve cocobolo wood and tagua nuts into animals and plants; we will have the opportunity to meet some of the community members and admire (and purchase if you wish) some of the beautiful hand-made products. We will enjoy a satisfying picnic lunch in the village, followed by more great birding around the riversides and scrubby habitat surrounding Nuevo Vigia before heading back to the Canopy Camp. Picnic lunch will be at NUEVO VIGIA and dinner will be back at CANOPY CAMP. Night at Canopy Camp
30th August Day 7: Aligandi and Canopy Camp Grounds
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner We enjoy breakfast and the birds at Canopy Camp as the sun rises. This morning we drive for 45 minutes toward Yaviza once again to the property of Aligandi. This is a huge area with unique scrub forest and much to be explored. We head out from the Camp toward the end of the Pan-American Highway, taking a turn prior to reaching Yaviza. Along the roadsides here, we scan for Red-breasted Blackbird, Striped Cuckoo, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed-Finch, American Kestrel and other open area birds. A Great Green Macaw nest is tucked up in the canopy of a huge Cuipo tree, visible from the road, and if lucky, an adult or a chick may be seen poking its head out of the cavity. At Finca Doncella, we continue on foot along the road through the scrub forest, seeking out Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Bat Falcon, Giant Cowbird, Orange-crowned Oriole, Red-billed Scythebill, White-eared Conebill and mixed feeding flocks. It is possible to see the macaws fly over as we further explore the area. Lunch at CANOPY CAMP. Among all the fantastic birding sites we have visited this week, the Canopy Camp grounds and trails merit some more exploration as well! This afternoon is ours to enjoy the nearby trails accessible from the lodge, the verbenas will be full of hummingbird and butterfly activity and we hope to see Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Pale-bellied Hermit, Long-billed Starthroat, Blue-throated Goldentail and if lucky, a stunning Ruby-topaz Hummingbird feeding here. Barred Puffbird, Spot-crowned Barbet, Olivaceous Piculet, White-headed Wren, King Vulture, Red-rumped Woodpecker and Streak-headed Woodcreeper are birds we may encounter this afternoon. If desired, we can hike up the slope to stand in the shadows of two giant Cuipo trees, standing like gates to rich mature forest. Later in the afternoon we meet again to review our checklist and enjoy cocktails as the sun sets for the day. We’ll have our final dinner together and once again listen for the calls of owls and night birds around the camp after dark. Dinner at CANOPY CAMP. Night at Canopy Camp
31st August Day 8: Canopy Camp to San Francisco Nature Reserve, Bayano Lake and return to Panama City for a flight to David
Meals: Breakfast and lunch We will wake before dawn to pack and have an early breakfast, say our goodbyes to the Canopy Camp, and start our journey back to Panama City. After driving approximately 2 1/2 hours we will stop at San Francisco Nature Reserve and spend the morning in this private forest reserve owned and managed by the St.Francis Foundation, covering 1,300 acres in eastern Panama Province. The reserve was established in 2001 by Father Pablo Kasuboski, an American priest from Wisconsin who came to Panama in 1988, and it serves as a wildlife refuge and protects the headwaters of the main rivers of the area. The foundation created by Padre Pablo, as Father Kasuboski is called, also works on infrastructure development in the area by building and maintaining aqueducts, roads, schools and churches. In fact, the St.Francis Foundation built and maintains the largest private rural aqueduct in all of Panama and Central America. The reserve has a variety of habitats including primary, secondary and riparian forests, forest edge, fields, farmland, ponds and wetlands. During our morning here we will explore some of these habitats along the short road that enters the reserve and hope to find Great Jacamar, Broad-billed Motmot, Collared Aracari, Russet-winged Schiffornis, Northern Royal Flycatcher, White-fronted Nunbird, Brownish Twistwing, Panamanian (Yellow-green) Tyrannulet, Central American Pygmy-Owl, Blue and Plain-breasted Ground Doves and, if we’re very lucky, a Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle soaring overhead or find a Wing-banded Antbird along the trail! Lunch in TORTI. After lunch we head back to Panama City to check in at Riande Aeropuerto Hotel for one night which allows us to connect with a morning internal flight to David.  Dinner this evening is payable directly.
1st September Day 9: Panama City - David - Volcan in the Highlands
Meals: Breakfast (may be served from 0700 hours so you might need to purchase breakfast directly at the airport), lunch provided and dinner at Dos Rios You need to book the Copa flight departing Panama City at 0738 hours arriving in David at 0849.  As you exit David Enrike Malek Airport you will find our guide waiting outside the airport building with Wild About Travel on a placard.  The transfer to your hotel at Volcan will take approx. one hour. You'll spend the rest of the day birding local sites with your guide.  Very quickly you will add species including Violet Sabrewing, Stripe-tailed and Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds, Lesser Violet-ear, and Scintillant Hummingbird to your holiday list.  Other species to look out for locally include Band-tailed Pigeon, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Mountain Elaenia, Brown-capped Vireo and Thick-billed Euphonia. Night at Dos Rios Hotel, Volcan
2nd Day 10: Volcan Baru National Park and Los Quetzales Trail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Today we will enjoy an early breakfast and your guide will take you to the most suitable locations to see Resplendent Quetzals  This species likes to eat wild avocados, where available in the forests.The name Quetzal is an ancient Indian name for tail feather and the bird itself represents liberty. Your guide will take you by vehicle into nearby Volcan Baru National Park. Volcan Baru is the highest mountain in Panama at 11,401 feet, and you will stop at various points on the track to bird areas at different elevations, eventually reaching a ranger station high on the forested slopes (though several thousand feet below the summit), where you will be able to explore trails into the forest. Flowering bushes in the open areas around the ranger station are likely to give stunning views of the exquisite little Volcano Hummingbird. Other species to be encountered may include Resplendent Quetzal, Blue-throated Toucanet, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Mountaingem, Ruddy Treerunner, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black-capped Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Wrenthrush, Large-footed Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Sooty-capped Bush Tanager, amongst others. The remainder of the day will be spend birding locally around Cerro Punta area . Potentially delete the italics. We should also see the rather lovely Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Black-faced Solitair, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Black-capped Flycatcher, Buffy Tufted Cheek, Ruddy Treerunner, Blue-throated (Emerald) Toucanet and much, much more.   Night at Dos Rios Hotel, Volcan
3rd September Day 11: La Amistad International Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner After an early breakfast we visit La Amistand International Park.  This Park , also known as PILA, is a World Heritage Site and part of the Talamanca Mountain Range, a volcanic origin formation that congregates the highest concentration of endemic and threatened species in Panama.  Exploring the trails we may see Yellow-thighed Finch, Collared Whitestart, Flame-throated Warbler, Prong-billed Barbet, Wrenthrush, Yellow-winged Vireo, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Ochraceous Wren, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and Black-cheeked Warbler.  Other species include Yellow-bellied Siskin, Green-fronted Lancebill, Buffy Tuftedcheek and Mountain Thrush. In the afternoon we will change habitats and explore the area around Volcan Lagoons where it is possible to observe Slaty and Red-faced Spinetails, Chiriqui Yellowthroat, Crested Oropendola, Green Hermit, Fiery-billed Aracari, Spotted Barbtail, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Silver-throated Tanager, Cherrie’s Tanager, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, plus a range of wood-warblers likely to include Tropical Parula, Golden-crowned Warbler and Slate-throated Whitestart. Night at Dos Rios Hotel, Volcan
4th September Day 12: Cerro Punta area - David - Panama City
Meals: Breakfast and lunch First Stop in Birding Paradise is a private property where you can find birds like. Black-hooded Antshrike, Orange-collared Manakin, Costa Rican Brush Finch and where 24 species of hummingbirds have been recorded.   You’ll have time to explore locally for a good part of the morning. Please just confirm with staff what time checkout is and vacate your room accordingly.  You will book the Copa flight departing David at 1814 hours which arrives in Panama City at 1911 hours.  Riande Aeropuerto Hotel will provide the free shuttle service and you can check in there and relax for the rest of the evening.  Dinner is payable directly this evening. Night at Riande Auropuerto Hotel
5th September Day 13: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast Breakfast is included in your price today along with the free Shuttle service operated by your hotel to get you to Panama Tocumen Airport. Tour ends. For groups of friends travelling together it may be possible to add an extra day or two. Tour extensions available to include Canopy Lodge and Canopy Tower (see below).  Alternatively you could continue with some unique island birdwatching at the very relaxing Tranquilo Bay, Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro. From here as your base you can see Snowy Continga, Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch and so much more and enjoy sea kayaking, snorkelling over local coral reefs and views from the canopy tower across the Caribbean Sea. Note: The order of visits and places visited may vary depending on weather and other factors. Price per person including taxes: Based on a minimum group size of 4 in the Highlands and a max. group size of 8 at Canopy Camp  $3240 Based on a minimum group size of 6 in the Highlands and a max. group size of 8 at Canopy Camp  $2780 Price includes: Three nights accommodation in Panama City (with breakfast) and six nights at Canopy Camp (all meals) Three nights at Dos Rios Hotel, Volcan Pre-travel information All transfers except for the transfers to and from Panama Tocumen Airport to your hotel in Panama City but these are covered by their shuttle service Accommodation in twin/double room All meals at Canopy Camp and non-alcoholic beverages, plus wine served with dinner from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 8. All meals in the Highlands from lunch on Day 9 to lunch on Day 12. At Canopy Camp services of an experienced bird guide for 1/2 day outings and two full day outings during your stay (max. group size of 8) from Day 2 to Day 7 inclusive. Soft drinks and bottled water when taken from your guides vehicle Entrance fees applicable during your stay at Canopy Camp Entrance fees applicable for the Highlands part Internet service during your stay at Canopy Camp Price excludes: Local taxes Flights and travel insurance Alcoholic drinks (except for wine served with meals which is included only during your stay at Canopy Camp) Extra excursions (available for supplement) Tips, laundry, phone calls and anything else not listed in the inclusions

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 27, Reeve Way, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2PH, UK. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

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