Panama's Canopy Lodge & Tower 2024

      Panama City, Panama

      94 reviews
      Feb 20 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 9
      Panama's Canopy Lodge & Tower 2024
      Panama City, Panama

      94 reviews

      Feb 20 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 9

      About this trip

       Panama forms the geographical crossroads of two continents, where the flora and fauna of the Americas intermingle to produce a spectacular variety of life. Though Panama is an isthmus and comprises an area that is roughly equal to that of South Carolina, nearly 1,000 species of birds have been recorded within its borders. Our 9-day Venture serves as an excellent birding introduction to the country and explores 2 distinct regions – the bird-rich lowland rainforests of the Canal Zone and the foothills and cloud forests of El Valle de Anton. 

      Our tour begins at the very comfortable and award-winning Canopy Lodge in El Valle, where we stay for 5 nights. Here the fruit feeders attract Crimson-backed, Blue-gray, and Flame-rumped Tanagers, Rufous Motmot, and several species of warblers and tanagers, while many species of hummingbird buzz around the garden. Even a Gray-cowled Wood-Rail often makes an appearance at the feeding stations! When we are not watching the feeders, we will be exploring the nearby foothills and higher elevations for a variety of special targets including the beautiful Snowcap, Black Guan, Collared (Orange-bellied) Trogon, Brown-billed Scythebill, Black-crowned Antpitta, Rosy Thrush-tanager, Lance-tailed Manakin, and many, many more.

      Our final 3 days will be spent at the one-of-a-kind Canopy Tower, a former US Air Force radar tower turned eco-lodge. Located in Soberania National Park within the Canal Zone, the tower has become known worldwide for the unique birding experience it affords to guests. Beginning each day with a cup of coffee on the observation deck, guests are treated not only to rainforest sunrises, but also to eye-level views of a colorful suite of honeycreepers, tanagers, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, toucans and other canopy-dwelling species that can be hard to see from the forest floor. Often there are sloths, tamarins, and howler monkeys visible just outside the dining room windows as well! The famous Pipeline Road, one of many excellent birding locations just a short drive away, often plays host to army ant swarms which occasionally attract Bicolored and Ocellated Antbirds, and the rare and elusive Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo. The forests here are also excellent for Blue Cotinga, all three forest falcons, and an assortment of puffbirds, trogons, motmots, flycatchers, and manakins, and there have even been sightings of the incredible Harpy & Crested Eagles over the last few years! 

      What’s included

      • Food
      • Accommodation
      • Ground transportation
      • Guide services
      • Airfare
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry
      • Gratuities
      • Items of personal nature

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until January 11, 20244 left


      Deposit: $400
      Single Traveler
      Available until January 11, 2024only 2 left

      For those wanting their own room

      Deposit: $500

      Who’s Going

      Your Organizer

      Ventures Birding Tours
      94 reviews
      Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.


      For our first trip to Costa Rica, we travelled with our “dream team” (Ventures hosts Kevin and Keith, CR expert guide Jay and driver/photographer extraordinaire Pablo) over 8 days to enjoy 31 checklists, 228 lifers and loads of treasured memories. All four are experienced, knowledgeable, personable, and very good at what they do. They consistently managed to put us on each bird, either with scopes or pointers, providing abundant photo opportunities. We covered a lot of ground, but never felt rushed. We stayed in a variety of beautiful accommodations along the way—each with its own charm (and access to nearby birds). Enjoyed the meals, and the opportunity to dine on authentic CR cooking. Ventures Birding handled all the trip details seamlessly and we always felt in good hands. Wonderful trip!
      By Stephen P for Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Tanagers & Hummingbirds 2023 on 24 Mar, 2023
      Perhaps the best Venture Tours ever I have been on. Results: 307 birds, 207 lifers and I got to see and photograph the Resplendent Quetzal, among the worlds most beautiful birds. In addition, the lodges and food were top rate, along with the local and Ventures Guides. Ventures guide Kevin did an outstanding, professional, and courteous performance. I was very pleased with this tour.
      By Alan L for Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Tanagers & Hummingbirds 2023 on 21 Mar, 2023
      Awesome birding experience in Costa Rica. Our guides Kevin and Keith made sure we were well taken care of from the time we landed in SJO and throughout the journey. Local birding expert Jay, and Pablo our bus driver, always seemed to know exactly where to go to spot new species and then set up spotting scopes for close up view. We saw 285 species in 10 days. Best way to experience Costa Rica is with a “bird’s eye view”! Thank you for a wonderful time dear friends!!
      By Julie A for Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Tanagers & Hummingbirds 2023 on 20 Mar, 2023
      We had a very nice trip and saw lots of birds and pretty countryside. Vicki did a great job and having Bill along was fantastic! The farm was beautiful and their hospitality was more than anyone could hope for. It was a very good day! We were glad the weather cooperated! Bird highlights were Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Larks, Wilson's Snipe, Bald Eagle, Waterfowl, and sparrows.
      By David D for Cleveland County - Spring 2023 on 20 Mar, 2023
      Excellent day.
      By Cameron W for Rarity Round-up on 10 Mar, 2023
      Show More Reviews