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We are delighted that for 5 years in a row, the Canopy Tower has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, placing us in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame! The Canopy Lodge, listed at #1 in specialty lodging in El Valle, also received the Certificate of Excellence for 2015. Canopy Camp Darien, in the short time we have been open, has also risen to first place in specialty lodging in Darien. Thank you to all of you, who have visited and contributed your reviews to this great resource, we wouldn’t be here without you! I am pleased to share a recent review of the Canopy Camp from TripAdvisor:
“One of the exciting things about staying at the Tent Camp is the staff is constantly learning new things about the area. We had two bird guides during our stay, Carlos and Domi, who each got a 'life bird' on one of our walks. Our guides were just as excited and enthusiastic about what we were seeing as we were.”
Our enthusiastic guides and staff work very hard to give our guests exceptional experiences, ones they will never forget!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
2nd Canopy Family Butterfly Tour a Blast!
With the onset of the rains at the beginning of May, the butterflies across the country become very active as the forests became lush with flowers and vegetation. May is one of our best months for watching butterflies, so what better than to spend a week in Panama searching for these beautiful insects! We hosted our 2nd butterfly tour, Panama’s Brilliant Butterflies, May 14-21 at the Canopy Lodge and Canopy Tower with 13 guests from the USA and UK. Our keen-eyed butterfly-loving participants and guides spotted 228 species during the tour while visiting great natural areas such as Cerro Gaital, Pipeline Road and Altos del Maria. We are learning more and more about Neotropical butterflies in Panama. Read the full trip report here. Our next butterfly tour is August 7-14, 2015; join us for this exciting tour!
Embera Students from Darién Visit Panama City
In Darién, the Embera indigenous people live connected to the rivers and forests, often far from towns and especially, Panama City. The community of Nuevo Vigia, with a population of approximately 600 people, is located along the Turquesa River, a 30-minute boat ride to the nearest small port town. Many members have not ventured far from the community during their lifetime. During a trip to Darién with us, our guests have the opportunity to visit this village and learn about their culture and way of life.
On May 30, with the brilliant idea and support of one of our guests at the Canopy Camp earlier this year, we planned and assisted 18 students and 3 adults from the school in Nuevo Vigia on a full-day educational adventure to Panama City. For most of them, it was their first visit to the big city and first time seeing the Pacific Ocean. The group visited the new BioMuseo and learned about the formation and biodiversity of Panama, the marine exhibits at Punta Culebra along the Pacific Ocean where they could touch starfish and see tropical marine wildlife, and of course, the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, an iconic Panama landmark. We were very happy to be able to host this trip for them, and for the students, it was an unforgettable experience!
Contact us to book your Darien adventure!
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Sally Jue from Florida and Raul took the photo on the left on her first visit to the Canopy Tower in 2008. This year Sally returned for the butterfly tour, 7 years later, and brought the photo taken on the observation deck of the Tower. We were able to recreate the photo in 2015, can you see any differences?
Neotropical Green Anole