Panama: Bocas del Toro Archipelago: Mar 22—31, 2019

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Price: $5,145
Internal flights included; $500 discount for registration by August 31, 2018
Departs: Panama City
Tour Limit: 7
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Jeri Langham

Jeri M. Langham has a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Washington State University, and afte...

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Montezuma Oropendola

Montezuma Oropendola— Photo: Natalia Decastro Gonzalez

Great birding complemented by luxury accommodations and the flora and fauna of these beautiful Caribbean islands, plus adjacent mainland up to 4,200-foot elevation near Reserva Forestal Fortuna.

The Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, with six luxury cabanas and two smaller single rooms, is on Bastimentos Island, adjacent to a large preserve. Huge, colorful Montezuma Oropendolas are very common. There are trails on the property and a new 6-story observation tower, as well as good birding from the lodge porch and open areas on the grounds. One day will be spent birding the 7-mile-long Soropta Canal that was built to transport bananas from Costa Rica plantations. The rare Nicaraguan Seed-Finch occurs along the canal. That afternoon we will visit Swan’s Cay, which has breeding Red-billed Tropicbirds, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Brown Boobies.

On three days we will take a boat to Punta Róbalo where a van will take us on a very bird-rich road from sea level to 4,200 feet. Three full-day visits are needed due to all the potential species present in various ecosystems along this road. A half-day will be devoted to birding the trails at the Green Acres Chocolate Farm. One full-day will be spent on the mainland around the banana-producing town of Changuinola. Our last half-day is left open for birding the many trails on the property, visiting the bird bathing pool in the forest, or snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, or just relaxing.

VIDEO: Bocas del Toro Hotel and Eco Lodge Accommodations – Tranquilo Bay

We will search for these potential species: Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, six kingfishers, four trogons, Yellow-eared and Northern Emerald toucanets, Collared Araçari and two toucans, Prong-billed Barbet, three cotingas, Three-wattled Bellbird, three parakeets and six parrots, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, three puffbirds, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, four manakins, Black-chested Jay, seventeen hummingbirds, eight woodpeckers, over twenty tanagers, and many more species.

All nights in luxury cabanas with air-conditioning at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, except for first and last nights at a hotel in Panama City; excellent meals and Wi-Fi in main lodge; travel to various islands and mainland birding sites by boat; trails next to large preserve; some mosquitoes and chiggers; can be warm at midday, but cools off at night.