This tour ranges in altitude from sea-level to 3,200 m in the Talamanca mountains, giving access to a wide variety of habitats and species within relatively short drives. Emphasis is made in finding the high-altitude, cloud forest specialties of the Talamanca mountains.
Medium (some uphill walking, muddy trails, wet conditions)
8 people + guide
US$ 2.050 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: US$ 250
Among many others
Arrival and pick-up at David’s international airport, and drive to our hotel in the highland town of Volcán. Depending on the time of your flight, there may be several birding stops on our way.
After an early Breakfast, we will drive to Volcán Barú National Park to search for Resplendent Quetzal in their feeding and display areas. The cloud forest along Los Quetzales Trail into the national park is shared with Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Black-faced Solitaire, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Black-capped Flycatcher, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Ruddy Treerunner, Blue-throated (Emerald) Toucanet, Volcano Hummingbird and other highland specialties. Some sections of this trail are among the few places where the rare Silvery-throated Jay can be spotted.
Picnic lunch in the field.
After an early Breakfast, we will spend the whole day visiting La Amistad International Park, a World Heritage site part of the Talamanca Mountains, a volcanic range home to the highest concentration of regional endemic species in Panama, such as Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Yellow-thighed Finch, Collared Redstart, Flame-throated Warbler, Prong-billed Barbet and Wrenthrush (Zeledonia).
Today we will visit the lakes of Volcan, close to their namesake town: two volcanic caldera lakes surrounded by secondary forest and coffee farms, providing a perfect habitat for birds like Cherrie`s Tanager, White-throated Flycatcher, Olivaceous Piculet, Masked Yellowthroat, and an assortment of wetland species.
Afternoon visit to Cielito Sur, a private reserve with a trail giving access to hillside forest home to some great highland birds. Hummingbird feeders in the reserve attract White-throated Mountain Gem, Talamanca Hummingbird, Green Violet-ear, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Scintillant Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant and more. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Volcán.
Early morning drive to Finca Hartmann, a coffee-growing estate founded in 1940 and operated by the founding family to this day. We will visit the plantation and the coffee-processing facilities.
After our picnic lunch we will explore the property, site to several biological research programs, and its nearby forests for highland species like Orange-bellied Trogon, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Red-headed Barbet, Chiriqui Quail-Dove, White-crowned Parrot, Fiery-billed Aracari, Golden-Olive Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker and many more.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Volcán.
After breakfast, we leave our hotel fully-packed and drive to Paraiso in the Chiriqui Lowlands, where we will search for Orange-collared Manakin, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Charming Hummingbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Riverside Wren, Slaty Spinetail and many more.
We will visit Birding Paradise, a small family-owned property with a staggering variety of hummingbirds: Long-billed and Plain-capped Starthroats, Crowned Woodnymph, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Blue-throated Golden-tail and up to 24 hummer species are regularly seen at their feeders.
After a picnic lunch, drive to David airport for afternoon flights. We will do our final checklist enjoying a cup of some of the excellent highland coffees at the airport.