Canopy Family Panama

A La Carte Tours

Terms & Pricing

The Canopy B&B is located just 10 minutes from the Canopy Tower. This being the case, the guests of the B&B are welcome to join the tours being offered at the Tower. Please be aware that we may not be able to guarantee a particular tour, or space on a tour, as guests at the Canopy Tower have priority.  If you would like to participate in any tour, please advise the staff upon arrival, and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Below is a list of tours & prices. Prices are per person, 2 person minimum (or as indicated); all tours include snacks and beverages. All day tours include picnic lunch.

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

Private guide services cost $150 per day, plus the cost of the tour.

 

Tour Options

Semaphore Hill Road: $75

This is the winding access road to the Canopy Tower, located 10 minutes from the Canopy B&B. The birding 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, Bay-headed Tanager, Rufous and Broad-billed Motmots, trogons and various antbirds are seen frequently, among many others! 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: $75

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.

Plantation Trail: $75

Plantation is 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 follow these swarms include 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: $75

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

Gamboa Ammo Dump: $75

The Ammo Dump Pond is located just north of Gamboa on the way to Pipeline Road. It's 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.

Pipeline Road: 1/2 day $95; full-day adventure $150 with box lunch

Considered by many to be one of the top birding spots in the world. We use the Birdmobile to go deep into the forest; this trip will remain high in your list of "birding stories" for a long time. Pipeline Road is the best place in central Panamá to find forest birds, and plenty of them. Eight species of wrens, five trogons, four puffbirds, three motmots, many antbirds and even more flycatchers have been reported from the road. And if its 17 Km are not enough, there's plenty of side trails plus eleven creeks and rivers that can be followed into the forest. Army ant swarms are found frequently, attended rarely by Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, and there are many Manakin leks right beside the road. Pipeline Road is also a great place for raptors: all three Forest-Falcons are heard if not seen with ease, and Tiny and Plumbeous Hawks and Ornate Hawk-Eagles have been reported a few times. The Peregrine Fund released three Harpy Eagles at the end of Pipeline Road, and they are seen occasionally in this area.

Metropolitan Natural Park: $95

Located right next to Panamá City, only 35 minutes from the Canopy B&B, the forests of the Metropolitan Natural Park are much drier than those around Pipeline or Plantation Roads. Therefore, you should expect to see species of birds that are rare or absent in those areas. The beautiful Rosy Thrush-Tanager is common, as is the striking Lance-tailed Manakin. It's also a good place to look for Sepia-capped Flycatcher and the endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet! And if the resident birds are not enough, each September the birdlist of the park grows substantially with the arrival of two dozen species of warblers and other migratory birds. Finally, the lookout at the end of Mono Tití Road is one of the best places to witness the rivers of migrating Turkey Vultures, Swainson's & Broad-winged Hawks that fly en masse right over downtown Panamá City in October/November and again in April/May!

Boat Trip in the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake: $150

After breakfast we board a 20 ft. boat with a 75 hp outboard motor, for a spectacular tour on the Panama Canal. Most of the Panama Canal is actually an artificial lake, Lake Gatun, and this tour will depart from Gamboa. Along the way we will pass huge cargo ships and ocean liners and will also visit hidden coves and beautiful inlets with fascinating fauna and flora. We will also stop at one of the islands that was used by the now defunct Primate Research Center to look for Spider Monkeys, Mantled Howlers and White-faced Capuchins that remained on the island after the center closed. There is also a chance to see some interesting reptiles, including American Crocodile (some reach 14 or more feet in length) and its smaller relative, the Spectacled Cayman, Basilisk Lizard (Jesus Lizard) and Black River Turtle. A little scarcer, but not impossible, is the Neotropical River Otter and, if we are really lucky, a Manatee. This species was introduced to the Panama Canal in the 1960s to control the growth of water weeds, and they have adjusted very well to this habitat. There is also a Tiny Proboscis Bat roost here we will probably see! We are scheduled to be back at the Canopy B&B by noon. This is a half-day trip.

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