Our main office is located in Cerro Punta, a small town in the Chiriquí Highlands, 1-hour drive away from David International Airport, and within very short distance from some of the best birding and nature trails in the country (and the whole of Central America), as well as our hummingbird and mountain bird gardens.
Tamandúa’s birding and nature guides are fully certified by the Panama Tourism Authority and have all the licenses and permits to operate across the country. They are expert drivers in all kinds of terrain. Before joining Tamandúa, they have spent years working as freelance guides for some of the best-known lodges and hotels in Panama, gaining unparalleled experience in finding and identifying the most sought-after species in the country. All are fluent in English, as well as Spanish.
One of the best-known and highest-ranked guides in Panama, Ito was born in the city of David, Chiriquí, in 1982. At age 12 he started working as a tourism guide for Los Quetzales lodge in the Chiriquí highlands, and his love for birds and nature soon had him helping biologists and researchers in their annual Christmas Bird Count and many other surveys, and specializing in birdwatching and wildlife guiding.
He has worked as freelance with some of the world’s leading conservation organizations and birding tour companies. He successfully finished his ATP (Panama Tourism Authority) training and certification in 2016.
Tours guided by Ito:
Karina Navarro de Santamaria
Born in Volcán, Chiriquí, Adly has a BBA in Business Administration, specialising in Human Resources. She has more than 17 years of experience in Customer Service, logistics and management in hotels and tourism projects in Panama, and is certified as Tourism Guide by the ATP. She is in charge of Tamandúa’s guest services and manages our Chiriquí office, as well as the maintenance of our hummingbird and highland bird gardens.
Josanel “Joe” Sugasti
Joe grew up in El Valle de Antón, one of Panama’s birding hotspots. In 2009 he graduated in Ecological Tourism and started working as a guide. Since 2015 he specializes in birdwatching and nature guiding, and has worked for different local and international companies. He regularly works with Government agencies and NGOs as a wildlife rescuer.
He is an accomplished photographer, and knows very well the nuances and difficulties of rainforest nature photography.