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Nature & Photo Travel in Panama


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.

Close to Cerro Punta, Tamandúa manages a private 100 hectare reserve in the heart of the Highlands cloud forest. The reserve contains a great variety of species, including most of the regional endemics from the Talamanca mountain range.

Our staff

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.

Genover “Ito” Santamaria
Testimonials about Ito in Trip Advisor

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.

Before becoming a full-time staff guide with Tamandúa, Ito 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, Karina has a BBA in Business Administration, specializing 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.

Euclides “Kilo” Campos

Kilo was born in Panama City and holds a degree in Ecological Tourism from the University of Panama. In 2005 he completed a trainingin Birds of Prey Conservation at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania (USA).

He has been birding since he was a child, and guiding professionally for over 10 years. He’s widely recognized as the country’s foremost expert in the birds of eastern Panama, including the most productive areas of Darién and Nusagandi. He’s a specialist in finding even the most elusive and sought-after species, and currently holds eBird’s top bird list for Panama.

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