Panama's Darien Lowlands: Canopy Camp: Jan 18—26, 2014

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Price: $3,795
Discount of $175 in single occupancy or $125 in double occupancy if combined with Panama's Canopy Tower.
Departs: Panama City
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Kevin Zimmer

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Canopy Camp Tent #3

Canopy Camp Tent #3— Photo: Alex Alba Photo

Species-rich lowland forest birding, with emphasis on 25–30 species of eastern specialties that are seldom, if ever found in the Canal Zone, along with an impressive cross section of more widespread tropical birds. African-style deluxe tented camp will allow us to bird the Darien lowlands in comfort.

This tour to the lowlands of eastern Panama fuses the rich diversity of tropical birds for which Panama is justly famous with the classic atmosphere of a luxurious African tented camp. We will be quartered in the brand new Canopy Camp, courtesy of Raul Arias, whose vision for sustainable ecotourism and devotion to preserving Panama’s birds and wild places introduced the birding world to the famed Canopy Tower and the Canopy Lodge in El Valle. Located in the lowlands of Darien, just a four-hour-drive (via the Pan-American highway) from Panama City, and tucked at the base of some low-lying hills whose forested slopes are part of a protected zone, this camp will provide a comfortable base for a great week of Neotropical birding. Our accommodation will be in spacious, walk-in, African-style tents, mounted on platforms, and replete with comfortable beds, fans, and private bathrooms with showers and flush toilets. Keeping with the tradition established by the other Canopy lodges, the camp will offer imaginatively prepared, tasty meals, and an abundance of cold drinks.

Gray-cheeked Nunlet

Gray-cheeked Nunlet— Photo: Kevin Zimmer

The camp clearing affords a fabulous view of the surrounding forest, and is bordered by Heliconia thickets that buzz with the activity of Pale-bellied and Rufous-breasted hermits, and reverberate with the cascading songs of White-bellied Antbirds. Dawn brings a flurry of activity and a cacophony of avian sound, dominated by the screeching calls of commuting parrots, the yelping of Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, and the incessant croaking of Keel-billed Toucans, but also including the raucous calls of Red-throated Caracaras, the noisy chattering of White-headed Wrens, and the plaintive whistles of Barred Puffbirds. Our mornings and late afternoons will be spent exploring the camp trail system and a number of nearby sites, where, in addition to seeing a broad cross section of toucans, trogons, motmots, woodcreepers, antbirds, tanagers, and other tropical birds that typify the Canal Zone, we will also search for a number of special birds whose Panamanian ranges are (in most cases) largely restricted to the far eastern lowlands and foothills, among them: Capped and Cocoi herons; Bare-throated Tiger-Heron; Spectacled Parrotlet; Gray-cheeked Nunlet; Rufous-tailed Jacamar; Black-tailed Trogon; Red-rumped, Spot-breasted, and Golden-green woodpeckers; Red-billed Scythebill; Double-banded Graytail; Black Antshrike; Rufous-winged Antwren; Bare-crowned Antbird; Black-billed Flycatcher; Sooty-headed Tyrannulet; Cattle Tyrant; One-colored Becard; Golden-headed Manakin; Black-capped Donacobius; White-eared Conebill; Viridian Dacnis; Orange-crowned Oriole; and Black Oropendola. In 2013, our inaugural tour turned up a spectacular male Ruby Topaz Hummingbird right in camp, for one of a mere handful of country records.

VENT is proud to have once again pioneered tours to what is certain to become one of Central America’s “must visit” birding destinations.

Single-site tour (except for first and last nights in Panama City) with no internal flights; mostly short drives, except for four-hour-drive to and from Panama City at the beginning (broken up with birding en route) and end of the trip; comfortable accommodations in luxury tented-camp (private bathrooms), with good food and cold drinks; birding on-site or at various locales within short drive of camp; most birding along gravel roads or trails of easy to moderate grade.