Canopy Family Panama

Special Tours at the Canopy Family Lodges

In addition to our birding and nature packages that are available year-round at any time, here are some special, set-date tours featured at our lodges.  These birding and natural history tours may feature guest scientists and speakers, special evening presentations, experts in the field or are featured from some of our tour operators.  Click on the programs below for detailed itineraries, dates and prices.  Please contact us for more information or to book any of these exciting tours!

Fox-faced Lemmark at the Canopy Lodge
Fox-faced Lemmark (Thisbe lycorias), with the Canopy Lodge in the background, photo by Jenn Sinasac




Panama's Incredible Flora

Orchid El Valle Panama

December 15-22, 2017

In this 7-night all-inclusive botanical adventure, we take field trips to biodiverse Pipeline Road and to the foothills of Cerro Jefe (home to many endemics), Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, the heights of Altos del Maria & other locations of botanical interest, where you will enjoy (and learn!) a good sampling of this country’s spectacular and unique flora, some 10,000 species strong! Not only enjoy excellent opportunities to photograph stunningly beautiful—and some, extremely rare or endemic—orchids, gesners, ericads, melastomes, heliconias, gingers, begonias, bromeliads and many more fascinating groups of plants, but also see a host of Panama’s colorful birds, including parrots, trogons, motmots, tanagers & hummingbirds along with the mammals and insects (especially butterflies!) associated with these unique plants—all within a framework of learning some of their complex ecological relationships.

The Birds & Nature of Panama and Trinidad

White-bearded Manakin Trinidad

June to September

Experience the amazing birding and nature of two World Famous birding eco-lodges in two different countries, the Canopy Tower in Panama and Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad.  This tour includes birding from the observation deck at the Canopy Tower and overlooking feeders and vast forest from the verandah at Asa Wright Nature Centre, birding the World Famous Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, Panama and visiting the enigmatic Oilbirds, breathtaking views of thousands of Scarlet Ibis preparing to roost and seeking out Bearded Bellbirds by following their loud “bonk” in Trinidad.  It will surely be a Neotropical birding and nature experience of a lifetime!

Panama's Brilliant Butterflies

Bluish White

August 6-13, 2017             Canopy Camp ext: August 13-18, 2017
December 3-10, 2017        Canopy Camp ext: December 10-15, 2017
May 28 - June 4, 2018       Canopy Camp ext: June 4-9, 2018
August 11-18, 2018           Canopy Camp ext: August 18-23, 2018
December 1-8, 2018          Canopy Camp ext: December 8-13, 2018

Butterflies are one of nature’s most eye-catching creatures.  They can be found from the high arctic tundra down through the far stretches of the southern hemisphere.  Like birds, they inhabit almost every ecosystem on Earth.  In the Neotropical region of the Americas, the diversity of butterflies is incredibly high; and hundreds of species can be found in Panama alone.  Come join the expert guides of the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge, as we explore the lowlands of the Canal Area and the mist-laden foothills of western Panama for these gems of the insect world!

Amphibians & Reptiles of Central Panama

Eyelash Pit-Viper El Valle Panama

June 11-19, 2018

Of all the animals to encounter in a tropical rainforest, amphibians and reptiles are often a favorite find.  From showy lizards to leaf-like frogs, shy turtles to pencil-thin snakes, this group of animals fascinates many.  In the lowlands and foothills of Central Panama, dozens of species of frogs, lizards, snakes and other herpetofauna exhibit a dazzling array of life-history traits as they adapt to a wide variety of habitats.  Many species are most active at night, when the forest becomes alive with the calls of frogs, toads and other nocturnal creatures.  Join Canopy Family naturalist guides and herpetologist Dr. Stephen Mullin at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge for our first-ever tour focused on these vertebrates and their amazing natural histories!

Gardens and Natural Wonders of Panama

Panama City Garden

July 11-22, 2017
Canopy Camp Darien Extension: July 22-26, 2017

Panama is a premiere destination for natural history enthusiasts, as well as those interested in cultural history.  On this relaxing and enjoyable 11-night tour, you will relish the marvels for what Panama is, with constant opportunities for natural exploration and cultural enrichment.  Lush private and public garden tours in Panama City and El Valle de Anton, admire the colonial architecture in the historical district, experience the immense feat of the Panama Canal, artisan market visits and daily nature and birding excursions combine to provide the best that Panama has to offer!  This tour features professional garden designer, author and avid naturalist Cole Burrell, who will join us and provide great insights on the landscaping and garden visits.  For birders at heart, the 4-night Canopy Camp extension offers the opportunity to appreciate some of eastern Panama’s exquisite bird life!

Rainforest Ecology and Conservation 

Red-eyed Treefrog

July 18-25, 2017

Connected in an intricate web, all parts of a tropical ecosystem depend on each other for life.  Birds, mammals, trees, insects, plants, frogs and fungi live and interact in these unique habitats, which offer interesting challenges to life and thus, fascinating behaviors develop among the wildlife in these environments.  This tour will focus on biodiversity, ecology and conservation of tropical ecosystems.  Terry Dunn, environmental specialist and author, brings her years of experience working in tropical environments on this tour, and will supplement our days in the field with interesting evening presentations regarding tropical ecology and conservation issues.  

Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity


September 22-30, 2017

Tropical environments and ecosystems are extremely diverse in comparison to their temperate counterparts.  In Panama, we sit within close distance of distinct biomes and ecosystems, teeming with plant and animal life.  Join guest scientists Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon, formerly of the American Museum of Natural History and City University in New York, as they bring their expertise on tropical environments and biodiversity to us!  As an introduction to tropical biodiversity, we will spend our days exploring the forests in search of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and fascinating trees and plants; in the evenings, enjoy informative and entertaining presentations from our guest scientists on a wide range of topics dealing with tropical biodiversity.

Panama's Hawk Migration Spectacular!

Broad-winged Hawk

October 18-25, 2017; October 28 - November 4, 2017
October 18-25, 2018; October 28 - November 4, 2018

Join us for a unique birding adventure to witness one of the world's greatest avian migration events when hundreds of thousands of raptors funnel through the narrow isthmus of Panama toward their wintering grounds in South America!  This amazing migration spectacle will be the centerpiece of this 10-night tour -- and the Observation Deck of the Canopy Tower is the perfect vantage point to witness this migration bonanza!  We will enjoy 7 nights lodging at the world-famous Canopy Tower and 3 nights at the Canopy Lodge.  This tour is designed not only for you to personally experience the mind-boggling number of migrating hawks, but also to see an incredible country rich in biodiversity for not only birds, but also for mammals, beautiful plants, butterflies, insects, reptiles & amphibians -- and friendly people! 

Special Offers

Please check back regularly for periodic special offers and last-minute deals at the Canopy Family lodges!  

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