Trip reports and experiences from our guests
NANDO, GREAT PANAMANIAN BIRD GUIDE
After 7 days of birding and 293 species, it was hard for us to leave our guide and new friend, Nando. His expertise was more than what we were expecting. The travel accommodations and transportation exceeded our expectations. All of our target species were located and we had great looks, especially the Harpy Eagle. Because I enjoy photographing some of the birds that we were seeing, Nando went out of his way to make it possible. We would highly recommend Nando as your guide in Panama.
Nando was our guide. He was wonderful! This was my mother’s, daughter’s, and my first time birding, and he was extremely knowledgeable and nice to us novices. We got to see so much! Definitely got us excited for more. I would highly recommend Nando as a birding guide!
Nando, the best of luck to you my friend. I know you will be a great success. You are a very hard worker, you love people, and it shows. I traveled all over the world photographing birds and I’ve never had a better guide than you. Congratulations.
I could not fault the arrangements for my Panama segment and Ignacio and his team were outstanding. Full credit to Ignacio for his patience with my obvious lack of photographic skills, especially in low light conditions, which was magnified by the damage to my equipment in Costa Rica. He was constantly advising on how I could make the most of all conditions and even went to the trouble of downloading the Nikon User manual so that he could fully understand my equipment.
The two guides were amazing with their expertise and patience as well as an extraordinary ability to find birds. They were always offering to help carry my equipment or to make a pace that allowed me to keep up.
Nando was very caring and knowledgeable and his excellent English and driving skills would make him a valuable resource both as a driver/guide to Ignacio in photographic tours but also as a highly skilled bird guide. I would have no hesitation in using him again should I return to Panama.
Ito was amazing in his home town and his ability to find rare and interesting birds almost at will were a skill that should be appreciated. The finding of Quetzals at any time either by location knowledge or call ups were very impressive. I felt very comfortable in his company and appreciated the skill set he brought which made this segment to the western highlands, so memorable.
I have used guides in many parts of the world and these are at the top of the list.
Durante mi visita a Panamá me guiaron Ito y Nando: Ito en Chiriquí y Nando en Darién. La experiencia fue magnífica y el viaje se saldó con la observación de multitud de especies, algunas de ellas de enorme dificultad. Ambos guías son extraordinarios ornitólogos, grandes conocedores de su territorio, organizadores diligentes y excelentes personas. No se puede pedir más.