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Greetings from the Canopy...
Almost two decades ago, I was inspired by an abandoned radar tower. I saw its potential as the ultimate canopy birding experience, to bring birders here to enjoy the birds of Panama as much as I do. This year we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Canopy Tower, an accomplishment I am very proud of. For our anniversary, we would like to celebrate with you! We are offering special anniversary prices for our popular birding packages this year to commemorate the years that the Canopy Tower has served as its best use, a nature observatory, bringing birders from all over the world up close with the wildlife of Panama. Please read more about these special offers below. It's a great year to visit us in Panama!
On an international note, Jenn Sinasac and Eliecer Rodriguez will represent the Canopy Family at the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival hosted by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oregon, Ohio, May 6-15, 2014. If you are in the Great Lakes region, stop by this exciting event and say hello to us at the “warbler capital of the world”. We hope to see you there!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Celebrating 15 Years "at the Top"!
January 2, 2014 marked the 15-year anniversary of the opening of the Canopy Tower. Furthermore, we are proud to be a leader in eco-tourism in Panama & Central America and one of the most unique places to stay in the world. For the past 15 years, we have shared our passion for birding and nature with thousands of guests, who keep coming back for more. This is an accomplishment we want to share and celebrate with you, our valued customers!
This green season, save 20% for select dates of our Birds of the Canopy Tower, Birds of the Canopy Lodge and Birds of Canopy Camp Darien all-inclusive birding packages. Please visit our website for more details about this special offer. These great savings don't come by too often, so contact us soon to book your next great birding adventure in Panama!
Sloth Rescue at the Canopy Tower!
The Canopy Tower is surrounded by vast lowland rainforest, which holds an incredible diversity of plants and animals, from ground-dwelling armadillos to arboreal tree frogs. Every so often, we find an injured or orphaned animal, and we do our best to help it and get it in the proper hands for its care and recovery.
On April 11, Canopy Tower general manager Zelesny Jimenez found a young Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth on Semaphore Hill Road. It appeared to have fallen from the tree and there was concern that he or she had fractured bones. Likely still dependent on its mother, this young sloth was taken to the wildlife rescue center at Summit Municipal Park by Canopy Tower staff Felipe Rodriguez, where it will be cared for and hopefully released back into the wild.
Young Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth on Semaphore Hill Road; Felipe Rodriguez ready to take the sloth to Summit Park.
CNN Features the Canopy Tower
The Canopy Tower is featured in a recent article by CNN, "10 Quirkiest Hotels in Latin America". Along with the Palacio de Sal in Bolivia and Montaña Mágica in Chile, these hotels offer more than just your standard room and breakfast—rather a special and memorable experience. Fifteen years after opening, the Canopy Tower is still being featured as one of the world's most unique hotels and eco-lodges, and this is something we are very proud of!
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
WINGS Birding Tours group waiting out the rain at the Canopy Camp during their recent visit in March. Gavin Bieber, WINGS tour leader, says, “Our goal for this morning was birding around the camp area, and that’s exactly what we are doing." Later that morning the rain stopped and the group ventured out onto the trails to see Golden-headed Manakin, Double-banded Graytail, Black Antshrike, Blue-throated Goldentail and many others!
South American Common Toad