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7 Days Wildlife, Nature, and Birding Tour in Darién, Panamá

Hotel Portal Avicar, Torti, Panama

Darién Birding Tour Panamá

Join Ecotour Darien who pride themselves on offering a truly unique opportunity for local communities and strive to remain socially sustainable in everything that they do. Go on daily birding activities and discover San Francisco Reserve at Darién. Ride on a boat awaiting for your Chucunaque and Membrillo River birding tour. Then transfer to Panama City where you will explore Cerro Azul to look for the highest fly birds that are found in this area.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 participants.
  • Children from the age of 7 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point: Meteti, Darién
  • Ending point: Panama City
  • Entrance fees are included.

Highlights

  • Daily birding activities
  • Bird watching at San Francisco Reserve
  • Look for the highest flying birds at Cerro Azul
  • Boat birding tour from Piragua along the banks of the Chucunaque
  • All transportation during the tour
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as stated

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6 activity days
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated at Hotel Portal Avicar, Chucunaque Lodge, and a hotel in Panama City.

Program

Day 1: Panamá - Darién (Metetí)

Departure from Panama towards Tortí before some logistics stops along the way. For this day in the afternoon you hope to be able to do bird watching activities in the San Francisco Forest Reserve. In the night you will sleep in Hotel Portal Avicar.

Day 2: San Francisco Reserve and Birding

At 6:30 a.m. a 7:30 a.m. you will have breakfast. You will go to the San Francisco Reserve to observe more birds, since it is possible to find more species in the morning period. At noon you will return to Tortí to have lunch and after this, you will go to Chucunaque Lodge, where you will stop for 14 kilometers from La Panamericana to the lodge to observe some birds of interest that are found along this part of the route. You will have dinner and rest in the lodge. You can do some night tour if you so wish.

Day 3: Birding in el Chucunaque

Very early, you will walk to the Chucunaque River where a local boat will wait for you to make a birding tour from the Piragua along the banks of the Chucunaque, and part of the Membrillo River. It is possible that you arrive in Membrillo, a community in the Emberá region to look for species of interest in this area. In the afternoon you will return to Chucunaque Lodge. You will sleep in the lodge.

Day 4: Chucunaqe Lodge - Panamá City

After breakfast, you will leave for Panama City, making some stops along the way for bird watching. You may have dinner in Panama City and hotel accommodation in Panama (Continental, Contry in or Albrook In), depending on the season.

Day 5: Cerro Azul

You leave for Cerro Azul to look for the highest fly birds that are found in this area, during the morning, in the afternoon you will return to Panama City, to follow the observations in the part of Panama Viejo, where besides the shorebirds who are there, you can learn part of the history of Panama. You will sleep in the same hotel from the previous night.

Day 6: See the beach birds in Panamá

After breakfast, you will go to PRC to see the species of birds that are in this area, birding all morning. You will have lunch and you will go to the Panama Canal to have dinner at the Panama Canal. In the evening you will return to the hotel.

Day 7: Hotel - Airport

After breakfast you wait for the departure time for Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Location

Starting off Meteti, Darién and ending at Panama City, this tour will take you through the San Francisco Forest Reserve, Tortí, La Panamericana, Chucunaque, Chucunaque River, Membrillo, Emberá region, Panama City, Cerro Azul, and Panama Canal.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Transportation from Darién to Panama City
  • Permanent guide from Panama City
  • Boat on the Chucunaque and Membrillo River tour
  • Food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the day of return to Panama City
  • Filtered water
  • Transportation Darién, Panama and return 4x4, depending on the number of people
  • Entrance to the farms for bird watching
  • Logistics

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Life insurance
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is not included. For more information on airport transfers and how to get to the location, please contact Ecotour Darien.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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