Canopy Family Panama

A La Carte Nature Tours

Crimson-backed Tanager by Arthur Morris



2018-2019 Tour Rates in US$ (+ 7% ITBMS)

Prices are per person, 2 person minimum (or as indicated); all nature tours include snacks and beverages. All day birding tours include picnic lunch.

All of our birding tours are led by expert bilingual bird guides who carry Leica binoculars and a Leica scope. Our guides are also equipped with green laser pointers to help you locate the birds and with i-pods with bird vocalizations. Recordings are used judiciously on birding tours.

Our groups are of a maximum of 8 guests per guide.

Private guide services cost $225 per day, plus the cost of the tour.

All Nature Tours are exclusive to Canopy Tower guests.


Night Tour: $70

Go looking for owls, potoos and nocturnal mammals in the comfort of one of our specialized rainforest observation vehicles, the Rainfomobile or the Birdmobile. This tour is very popular as many hard-to-see-mammals and roosting birds otherwise difficult to find have been seen!


Semaphore Hill Road: $90

This is the winding access road to the Canopy Tower. The birding on these birding tours is excellent, and our guides know exactly where many of the area's specialties may be found. This one-mile pleasant walk yields plenty of birds to keep you busy a full morning. The bird list of Semaphore Hill Road is extensive and includes birds from the forest interior, as well as edge dwellers. Olivaceous Flatbill and White-whiskered Puffbird are common, and Slate-colored Grosbeak and Bay-headed Tanager are seen frequently. Great Tinamou is heard often, but to see one takes a little work. This road is also great for raptors: White, Tiny and Bicolored Hawks have been seen, and during migration it's easy to see more than 10 species of warblers and migratory songbirds in one morning. Spring migration is especially striking, as birds will be wearing their breeding plumages.


Summit Gardens: $90

Summit Gardens is a park managed by the Office of the Mayor of Panamá City. There is a small zoo where you can get a better look at King Vulture, Harpy Eagle, Great Curassow and four species of macaws, as well as Jaguar, Spider Monkeys, and a host of other mammals. The botanical gardens are great for migratory warblers and other forest-edge species, and Blue Cotingas are seen occasionally on these nature tours.

Plantation Trail: $90

Another great birding spot that begins right by the entrance to the Canopy Tower! The trail is an old graded dirt road that passes through a mature forest for about four miles. The road follows a small creek, Río Chico Masambi. In most places the forest is clear of undergrowth, which makes it especially suited for observing shy, interior forest birds, such as tinamous and leaftossers. Golden-crowned Spadebills are regular around the creek, and White-breasted Wood-Wrens are very easy to find. When visiting Plantation Road you also have a good chance to find an army ant swarm and many of the birds that feed opportunistically as they follow the swarm, including Spotted, Bicolored and Ocellated Antbirds, Gray-headed Tanagers, and Plain-brown, Northern Barred and (if you're lucky) Ruddy Woodcreepers. And if you're really lucky you may even find a Hook-billed Kite. You can spend the whole day birding here and still not reach the end of the trail.


Summit Ponds and Old Gamboa Road South: $90

Boat-billed Herons nest at Summit Ponds and Capped Herons are seen occasionally. Both Kiskadees and Green & Striated Herons are seen regularly, as well as the more common egrets. Amazingly, five species of kingfishers have been recorded here! Going straight through the two ponds you'll be on Old Gamboa Road South, one of the birdiest spots around. This road passes through a variety of habitats, and has plenty of specialties: Blue Ground-Dove, Great Antshrike, Jet Antbird, Black-tailed & Royal Flycatchers, Lance-tailed & Golden-collared Manakins and Rosy Thrush-Tanager are but a few highlights. Note:  This tour may not be available, as permission must be requested from the Canal Authority 2 days prior


Ammo Dump Ponds:  $90

The Ammo Dump Ponds are located just north of Gamboa on the way to Pipeline Road. These nature tours are the best place to see the elusive White-throated Crake, as well as a host of other waterbirds. Least Grebes, Common Moorhens and Purple Gallinules are common. This is the best spot for Rufescent Tiger-Heron, and American Pygmy-Kingfishers are also resident. Limpkin, Least Bittern, Snail Kite, a number of hawks and even Blue Cotinga have been seen here. The forest bordering the pond is excellent for woodcreepers and woodpeckers, as well as many other forest edge species.

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