A Panama birding tour is the peak of Central American birding. With the most accessible rainforest in the world and 900+ species of birds, 1,500 species of trees, and 10,000 species of plants, Panama is a tropical paradise for nature lovers. And thanks to the construction of the Panama Canal, large tracts of lowland rainforest were preserved as national parks to protect the watershed.
Naturalist Journeys offers Panama nature tours and Panama birding tours many times during year. Contact one of our travel planners to find out which Panama tour or other Central American birding tour is right for you.
Independent Travel to Panama
Prefer to explore more on your own, or set your own dates and pace? Our Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs), designed by our sister company Caligo Ventures are designed for the independent traveler who may be interested in more flexible dates, or a less intensive or shorter itinerary. An IBV to Panama is like a “mini-tour”—guides are available during your stay at delightful, small eco-lodges. With Caligo Ventures’ IBVs, you pick the start date, the length, and the activity level. Designed for two or more people, travel with that special someone, a family member, or a group of friends. IBVs are great for photographers and for couples or friends with varied interest in birding. Click here to learn about our Panama IBV options.
Panama: Intro to Tropical BiodiversityOctober 1 - 9, 2021
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayOctober 16 - 23, 2021
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayOctober 24 - 31, 2021
Panama: Mangroves to Mountains Tranquilo Bay & Mount TotumasJanuary 24 - February 3, 2022
Panama: Birding & NatureMarch 21 - 29, 2022
Panama: Birds & MammalsApril 3 - 11, 2022
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayApril 3 - 10, 2022
Disney Conservation Hero
The Disney Conservation Fund recognized Panama Audubon’s Executive Director Rosabel Miro as a 2015 Disney Conservation Hero for her dedicated work to save Bay of Panama Wetlands (a global Important Bird Area and critical habitat for migrating shorebirds), resulting in the area’s designation as a protected wildlife refuge and the establishment of the first Panamanian Ministry of the Environment.
Motus Wildlife Tracking System
Bird Studies Canada and Panama Audubon have installed a Motus Wildlife Tracking System on the observation deck of Canopy Tower. The first in Central America, the antenna is one of four planned for the Isthmus of Panama, and is part of a hemispheric tracking system listening for radio signals from migratory birds banded in North America to help determine connections between breeding, migrating, and wintering sites.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute operates nine research stations in Panama, providing an unparalleled opportunity for scientists to study the country’s rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Staff and scientists have made deep contributions to a wide variety of conservation initiatives.
Planting Empowerment does forestry differently. Working in collaboration with local communities in Panama, this Washington D.C-based, socially responsible forestry company grows tropical hardwoods and promotes sustainable land use. The Canopy Tower family invests in Planting Empowerment.