Panama Birding Tour
We begin our set of Panama birding tours in the vast rainforests of the Darien and its myriad of exciting birding opportunities. Key targets in this area include Harpy Eagle, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo, stunning Blue Cotinga, Ocellated and Wing-banded Antbird, Rosy Thrush-Tanager and the bizarre Sapayoa.
Our Best of Panama tour concentrates on three further key areas. We spend several days in the Canal Zone, allowing us an unrivalled opportunity to explore the rainforests of Soberanía National Park. These exquisite forest and wetland sites provide diverse birding, while mammal opportunities are excellent. Our next attraction is the delightful hill country of El Valle de Antón where we explore cloudforest and a new range of mouth-watering Panama birding species!
We finish off our time in Panama with an extension to the Western Highlands of Chiriqui, part of a chain of volcanic mountains straddling the Panamanian and Costa Rican border. One of the obvious targets here will be the awe-inspiring Resplendent Quetzal, along with numerous hyperactive hummers including Volcano Hummingbird, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila (Silky-flycatcher), Turquoise Cotinga, Three-wattled Bellbird, Collared Whitestart, Flame-throated Warbler, the incomparable Snowcap and White-bellied Mountaingem whilst also dedicating time to finding the recently split Chiriqui Yellowthroat.
What our clients say about tours to Panama
This was our first birding tour with a group and we both feel we started at the top. This tour was an excellent value for the price. Rockjumper did a first-class job with tour arrangements and we feel like we won the lottery getting Rich Lindie as our guide. Rich is a tremendous birding guide…
I really enjoyed the tour. Guides were knowledgeable and helpful, the group dynamics were good and – most importantly, we saw loads of exciting birds. I would undoubtedly have missed many species without the expert guidance and knowledge of Tuomas Seimola and the team.
Forrest is an outstanding guide. I often have trouble getting on a bird and he was very patient with me. He lived up to all the hype my friend told me. Looking forward to more trips with Rockjumper and especially with Forrest.
Having Rich Lindie as the Rockjumper guide was a “known commodity”, as he was our guide for our Kenya & Tanzania trip in 2015. We have found Rich to be an excellent guide with undoubted birding skills, but also excellent people skills.
This was my first international birding tour experience, and so while I have no basis for comparison, I was completely satisfied by this tour. The guides were excellent. Their knowledge was near encyclopaedic, and most importantly, never-ending. I would actively seek to go on tour with Tuomas Seimola again.
As is the tradition with all of the Rockjumper guides that we’ve had the pleasure of being in the boonies with, Tuomas Seimola was outstanding. We enjoyed the trip a lot.
Rich Lindie was skilled, patient and good-humoured. I also think he did a good job of balancing the different needs of the group. Rich also balanced the list I had shared with him of my target birds with the time we had available.
Forrest is truly a pleasure. His bird-finding skills, both by sight and ear, are phenomenal, but even more striking is his singular personality and people skills. Always enthusiastic. Not only would I travel with Forrest again, I preferentially would select a tour if he was guiding.
Rich Lindie was an excellent guide and he really tried hard to find something interesting in the poor birding areas.