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.
Guided Group Tours
Group travel is rewarding and fun! With more eyes you see more species. Travel Planners of Naturalist Journeys and Caligo Ventures have been creating memorable journeys for 40+ years. We offer you small-group birding and nature tours, limited to just 8-10 persons led by expert guides. Learn and explore with like-minded people, enjoy local food and culture, and immerse yourself in birding and nature.
Panama: Intro to Tropical BiodiversityOctober 1 - 9, 2022
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayOctober 15 - 22, 2022
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayJanuary 22 - 29, 2023, w/Mt. Totumas extension
Panama: Birds & MammalsMarch 19 - 27, 2023
Western Panama: Tranquilo BayApril 9 - 16, 2023, w/Mt. Totumas extension
Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs) are designed for those interested in more flexible dates, or a shorter or expanded itinerary. An IBV is like a “mini-tour”—with guided birding from delightful, small eco-lodges, meals and transport included. Let us do the work, you pick the dates and set the pace. Click here to learn about our IBV and Relaxing Lodge Stay options.
We value conservation – it is at the heart of our work. All Naturalist Journeys’ tours support local conservation projects. Browse the links below to learn more about positive local work to save and conserve the wildlife and landscapes we visit.
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.