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Greetings from the Canopy...
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, friends and birds! We are preparing for a big year—with the opening of the Canopy Camp in Darien this month, and celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Canopy Tower, we have so much to look forward to! 2014 is also the centennial of the Panama Canal, so this year will be a special one for all of us in Panama, and a great time to visit our country, so consider Panama in your travel plans this year.
We have a new tour package available, Birds of the Canopy Family, a 14-night, all-inclusive birding package featuring the birds of all three of our eco-lodges—Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge and Canopy Camp Darien. Please contact us for more information about this exciting tour, the ultimate birding holiday in Panama!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Canopy Camp Darien Now Open!
After two years of construction and a dream of opening an eco-lodge in Central America’s most diverse biological corridor and one of the best places in the Neotropics for birding, we are thrilled to announce that the Canopy Camp is open! We are pleased to offer the ultimate birding and wildlife experience in the heart of Darien, with comfortable accommodations in unique African safari-style tents, great food, and great birding! During our 7-night Birds of Canopy Camp Darien tour, you will visit the best birding locations in eastern Panama. Darien is jam-packed with regional specialties including Spectacled Parrotlet, Black Oropendola and Golden-headed Manakin. Did we mention Harpy Eagle and 4 species of macaws?
For our Grand Opening, we welcomed the first group of guests to the Canopy Camp on January 19th—a VENT tour led by Kevin Zimmer. This group has been having a wonderful time during their stay, with such birding highlights as Sooty-headed Tyrannulet and Pale-bellied Hermit. Each day brings forth exciting bird sightings, and is rounded out with great meals and great company! We look forward to welcoming many more guests to this special eco-lodge for many years to come.
VENT group enjoying their stay at the Canopy Camp during our inaugural tour this January.
Canopy Tower Celebrates 15 Years!
On January 2, 1999, Raúl Arias de Para opened the doors of the Canopy Tower, recycled from a US military radar tower along the Panama Canal and surrounded by the exquisite lowland rainforests of Soberania National Park, welcoming birders and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world to experience world-class birding in a most unique eco-lodge. Canopy Tower has won various awards and has become one of the world’s premier birding destinations. Over the past 15 years, we have shared incredible experiences with thousands of birders, and many of them return year after year to relive and create new memories. From that day, the Canopy Family has grown to be what we are today, dedicated to the enjoyment of birding in the Neotropics. We consider our guests part of our Family, and as our family grows we look forward to another great 15 years to come!
Raúl and Family Welcomes First Grandchild
All of us at the Canopy Family extend our warmest blessings to Raul, Denise and the Arias family as they welcome Santiago Cambefort Arias, born on January 11, 2014. Santiago is Raul and Denise's first grandchild, and the proud grandparents and the family are filled with excitement and joy. Congratulations, and welcome to the family, Santiago!
Common Tent-making Bat