Panama's Canal Zone: A Relaxed & Easy Tour: Nov 12—18, 2017

A Relaxed & Easy Tour

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Price: $2,995
Departs: Panama City
Tour Limit: 10
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 30+ years guiding birding tours...

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Register for this tour by phone (800/328-VENT or 512/328-5221), or by downloading a tour registration form. Signed and completed forms can be faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed to the VENT office.

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracari— Photo: David Ascanio

Exciting rainforest, outstanding bird life, and excellent accommodations in Gamboa and Panama City (both with air-conditioned rooms), in a relaxed and easy style. Visits to the Canal Zone’s distinctive habitats include famous Pipeline Road and the Panama Canal, as well as a boat trip on the Chagres River and Lake Gatun.

Panama is one of the finest birding destinations in the Neotropics. Here, well-protected forest at both Soberania National Park and Pipeline Road offers a unique introduction to the birds of the American Tropics. Every day will find us birding at a slow pace in areas contiguous to the van. We will look for wetland species such as Rufescent Tiger-Heron or the secretive White-throated Crake on one day, and on another day we will venture into the intriguing humid forest where antbirds, trogons, motmots, and parrots will display an exciting combination of colors and bird behavior.

From our easy-to-access rooms at Gamboa we will have the opportunity to enjoy a dazzling variety of birds, including Crimson-backed, Flame-rumped, Blue-gray, and Palm tanagers, as well as honeycreepers and orioles.

VIDEO: VENT’s inaugural Panama’s Canal Zone Relaxed & Easy Tour, by David Ascanio

A boat trip on the Chagres River and Lake Gatun may offer opportunities for seeing kingfishers, Collared Aracari, Gray-headed Chachalaca, and three species of primates, all from a comfortable boat. Additionally, a short walk from Semaphore Hill will introduce us to the drier ecosystems of the Panama Canal, where we will have good chances to see Chestnut-backed Antbird, Blue-crowned and Red-capped manakins, and two species of motmots.

Good accommodations (with air-conditioned rooms) and excellent local cuisine, all in one location (except the last two nights); boat trip on the Chagres River; feeding station and hummingbird feeders at our lodge; morning and afternoon outings lasting no more than three hours; midday breaks; short walks, all over easy terrain.