Just Adventures Panama
Just Adventures Panama
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Just Adventures Panama specializes in small Birding and Wildlife tours to the avian rich regions of Central and Eastern Panama. We are an owner-operated company that provides personalized service and the knowledge of Panama’s natural ecology that only a local company can offer
Gamboa, Panama

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Gordon F
Saint Louis, MO38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Justo was fantastic from the moment I reached out to discuss a tour via email to the moment he dropped me off at my hotel. His communications were clear and timely during the planning stages including a late date change due to schedule changes. On the tour, Justo knew all the right spots and quick to point out new species as they came along throughout the day. We tallied 85 bird species and 5 mammals, wow in 6 hours!

I recommend Just Adventures tours. I will use them when I come back with family and friends.

Thanks for the incredible experience!
Written March 3, 2020
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Evelyn A
New York61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were a group of 4 -- one bird fanatic and the rest of us. We were recommended to Justo by a well known bird expert and we couldn't believe our good fortune. Justo picked us up in our hotel in Panama City at 5:30am (promptly, as promised), and drove us to Amo pond and Pipeline Road in the Canal Zone/Gamboa region As one of the bird skeptics in the group, I was expecting to enjoy the outdoors and tolerate the birds, but Justo made it terrific for all of us. He knows every type of bird, lots of facts about them, and brought a scope that allowed us to see some 59 species within a couple of hours. We wanted to add a boat trip to Lake Gatun and Monkey Island, as we'd done these activities before and wanted to show our friends this unusual perspective of the Canal, and Justo not only came with us, but brought us to a boat dock where we could arrange for a boat far cheaper than the one I'd previously arranged through a local hotel. He joined us, and helped us see lots more birds and mammals during the boat ride. He couldn't have been kinder or better informed throughout our day. To top it off, he emailed us a few hours after our tour with a pdf listing every species we had seen that day! As someone who has been to Panama multiple times, I couldn't believe I didn't know of Justo and Just Adventures before. I'm certainly a fan now!
Written April 9, 2017
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Victor Pang
London, UK1,354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We had Justo as my guide for the Pipeline tour - over the 6 hours, we managed to see over 60 birds and mammals (see enclosed pictures) in the surrounding area. It's quite quite an easy hike. Justo is very patient, knowledgeable and has good eyes for bird spotting.

At the end of the tour, Justo also sent us a list of birds and mammals encountered so we can keep for our memory. A big thank you to Justo for a fantastic experience !! 😊😊
Written July 21, 2019
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Lynne S
Placerville, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Justo is absolutely wonderful. He is an expert birder and he led the best birding tour everyone in our group of four has ever had. He was so quick to spot, identify and get the birds in his scope. He is extremely knowledgeable about natural history, bird habitats, identifying birds visually and through their songs and knows all the names in Spanish, English and Latin. He was easy to contact, picked us up at our hotel and was a good, safe driver, too. We recommend him most highly!
Written February 12, 2019
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jude48
Panama City, Panama76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
I’ve had guides all over - and Justo is amazing!!He met us in Gamboa for a six hour adventure! We saw over 70 species as well as sloths, agoutis, howler monkeys, and more. Justo is really more than a birder; he has an amazing depth of knowledge of the entire biodiversity of the area, as well as being a great guy who has excellent English! Can not recommend highly enough! Reserve early! It’s easy to do online and he responds quickly!
Written February 12, 2019
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James from Atlanta
Atlanta, GA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Justo Camargo is passionate about birds and birding and also deeply knowledgeable, which makes him the best guide imaginable. He has biology degree from the University of Panama and years of post-graduate ornithological study and field experience. He is also bilingual, equally fluent in Spanish and English. Two years ago my wife and I took two day trips with him, to the Metropolitan Nature Park in Panama City and the Pipeline Road near Gamboa, and both were glorious. On the Pipeline Road walk we saw over 70 birds and also colonies of Howler and Capuchin monkeys, all accompanied by Justo's eagle eye and ability to identify all.bords calls and songs. We discovered the incredible richness of Panama's precious natural environment during these two tours, and marveled at the beauty of its neotropical bird population.

This year I did an extended, 6- day birding tour of the western cloud forest (Mt. Totumas area) and the eastern highlands (the wonderful Garduk Lodge was our base of operation). Justo planned the trip meticulously (he also knows the best eco-lodges and the people who run them), and in a 6- day period I saw over 200 species. These included a three-wattled bell bird the resplendent Quetzal (a male and female in courtship behavior), as well as over 20 species of hummingbirds (Mt. Totumas Lodge is an ideal place to observe hummingbirds from the comfort of specially designed observation decks).

On the last morning of our eastern Highlands visit, rain set in, so resourceful Justo quickly shifted to "Plan B," driving west to Chepo and then into a wetland area where we saw hundreds of migratory raptors, egrets, herons as well as many regional endemic birds (the striped cuckoo an pied-water tyrant were two of my favorites). And not a drop of rain!

It was the trip of a lifetime.

Justo is also extremely knowledgeable about bird photography, so if you are a photographer you owe it to yourself to book a trip with him.

Did I mention that he is also witty, considerate, attentive to client's needs and a genuine pleasure to travel with? He is a national treasure.
Written April 16, 2018
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S.O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Justo is wonderful. He is very enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable.His calm manner makes all the difference. We had a great time at the pipeline and surroundings tour. We totally recommend him!
Written February 5, 2020
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DW_Scouse
Innerleithen, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Justo is your host and demonstrates his deep knowledge of birds in Panama. He makes sure your birding expedition is the ultimate experience
Written May 22, 2019
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cverge
Chelsea10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Excellent trip today. We saw 67 species of birds. Justo is very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. I couldn't recommend his services more highly. Small groups, excellent trip!!!
Written January 20, 2019
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Marc G
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Hugely recommend Justo: fantastically knowledgeable and gifted in all things birding, not to mention other animals, ecology and Panama generally. I'm a seasoned birder and can attest to the depth of his savvy and his exceedingly keen eye: spotted a great potoo that would have eluded anyone else. Exceptionally easygoing and good-natured as well. In short, the time we spent with Justo was a total high point of our time in Panama.
Written April 15, 2017
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