Canopy Family | A Day at the Canopy Tower by Raul Arias de Para
Yellow-throated Toucans

A Day at the Canopy Tower

Early Morning

The day begins early in the Canopy Tower. Serious birders and wildlife afficionados are awakened before sunrise by the sounds of the great Panamanian rainforest. This is the best time to watch wildlife: birds and mammals begin foraging for food, proclaiming territory, and performing mating rituals as soon as the day begins. Early risers are rewarded with freshly squeezed orange juice in the Dining Room and coffee and crackers on the Observation Deck.


Full breakfast in the Dining Room. Keep your binoculars handy, a Blue Cotinga or a Keel-billed Toucan may perch in the cecropia trees just outside the window.

MorningMeet in the Exhibit Hall in the Ground Floor for a guided nature hike along Semaphore Hill Road and Old Plantation Trail.

We will be looking for mammals and birds. Please remember to bring insect repellent and water bottles and wear hiking shoes.

Early Morning at Canopy Tower





MiddayLunch and ‘siesta time’.
Some thinkers consider hammocks and siesta as two of the most important contributions of Latin America to western civilization, following the writings of Borges and the poetry of Neruda, of course. Those unfamiliar with hammocks are respectfully requested to read the warnings posted alongside them.


Image Guests meet in the Exhibit Hall in the Ground Floor for the afternoon nature walk along Semaphore Hill Road. Emphasis will be placed on flora. We have identified 45 species of trees along this road and your bilingual birding guide will point them out and explain their characteristics.

Late Afternoon

Return to the Tower for a little bit more “hammock practice”, perhaps a visit to the Ground Floor exhibit, and to watch the spectacular sunset over the canopy from the observation deck.

Lunch at Canopy Tower





Cocktails and appetizers



While a dinner jacket would be too much for the rainforest, we hope you will dress up a bit to match our excellent cuisine. Keep your binoculars handy because a Jujuná, a Kinkajou or an Olingo might join us for dinner.


Night ride in the Rainfomobile or the Birdmobile along Semaphore Hill Road to look for owls and other night “critters”. Star gazing on the Observation Deck — come and see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.

Good Night!

It’s been a great day


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