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About Birding Panama
Birding Panama is a company run by birders; specialists in birding and natural history. We organize all inclusive programs and day tours. We arrange private birding trips and bird photography tours to the best sites of Panama.
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John G wrote a review Mar 2020
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Joined the March 2020 trip with the Darien extension. Met by Jose at the airport who drove us to our hotel. Birded the Canal zone, El Valle, Chirqui highlands and the Darien. Logistic run smoothly with no hick-ups. Michal Carlos was our guide and wow....! That man is able to imitate absolute any bird call from hummers to Harpy Eagle!! He just whistled them in!! Absolutely incredible! He found movements among the canopy leaves and manage to show the birds to everyone.. Michal did an incredible job finding and making sure everyone saw the birds and also making sure everyone had a good time birding. The itinerary was changed along the route to maximize our chances to see more birds. I can highly recommend this trip. The bookings were easy, logistics went smooth, accommodations were excellent but of course more basic in El Valle and Darien, food was great and birding was fantastic. This trip gives you an excellent chance to see a lot of the Panamanian birds. There were enough time to photograph the birds even though this is not a photo tour. The walks can be a bit strenuous some times with steep hills but the birds make up for it! Also at great thank you to Jose for additional help when the Corona crisis hit Panama! Wish you all the best!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Birding-Panama, Manager at Birding Panama
Responded Mar 29, 2020
Hi John, thank you so much for the review and your support, congratulations for all your lifebirds! We are happy the group found the Harpy and Crested Eagles. Good to know you are safe back in your country. Thanks for sharing your bird knowledge with the rest of the group.
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Diane E wrote a review Mar 2020
Hamilton, Canada12 contributions2 helpful votes
This was one of my best trips and my first birding tours. We had a small group of terrific participants, led by our fantastic guide Michael Castro. He knows all the birds, he can call all the birds and spots them in seconds. His knowledge is incredible about each species, their habits, habitats and nesting patterns. He was very patient and made sure we all saw the birds and had time for photos. Michael went to extraordinary lengths to find birds for us. Plunged into the forest and called for the Toady Mot Mot and in about 20 minutes he found one!! Michael kept us on schedule but could change plans quickly if we weren’t seeing enough birds. So we saw lots of birds. For a novice birder like me, the first couple of days were overwhelming, but that changed quickly!!! The schedule worked well with early morning birding, lunch, afternoon rest, late afternoon birding, dinner and an early night. The hotels were great and we ate well. The tour took us across the country to different regions and different birds. It was nice to see different parts of the country and to get away from the heat of the lowlands. Our driver Francisco was very professional and we got everywhere safely. He found quite a few birds too. I highly recommend this company for a professional and fun birding experience.
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Response from Flyer49890296979, Manager at Birding Panama
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Thank you for sharing the experience! we are happy you liked the trip, certainly a small group give you more time with the guide to learn about the different species of a country.
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hardingeleanor wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1 contribution
My husband and I were able to book the 6 hr Pipeline Tour offered by Birding Panama. Our guide, Michael Castro, was great. He has been birding since he was 8 yrs old and knew every call and could mimic and call birds in as well. He was able to spot birds faster than we could keep up. Because of our flight schedule, we had only 4 hrs birding and within that time, we listed 100+ species including 10 lifers. Jose Garcia ,who was my main contact planning this side trip, was gracious and helpful getting us to Tocumen airport in time for our flight. Hopefully we can spend more birding time with Michael and Jose. "Birding Panama" gets a 5+ review for sure!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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aegoliusacadicus wrote a review Jan 2020
burlington, vt11 contributions3 helpful votes
We've just returned from a 10-day group trip organized by Birding Panama for our US-based nature center. I can't speak highly enough of Jose Carlos' logistical attention and care of our participants. And Kilo's expertise as a world-class bird guide was more than we could have hoped for. The lodges that BirdingPanama chose provided quick access to a range of habitats and birding destinations. The restaurants we visited were all family-owned and super authentic. The birds were, of course, astonishing. Kilo is a master of every squeak and chip note in the rainforest. Equally importantly, he is adept at quickly finding each bird and providing clear, easy instructions to get everyone's eyes on even the skulkiest of species. We're looking forward to putting together another trip with Jose and Kilo in the near future.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Flyer49890296979, Manager at Birding Panama
Responded Jan 25, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your Birding experience with us—and we agree, Kilo is truly a gem to have on our team! We look forward to working with you again in the future!
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Colette J wrote a review Jan 2020
Muskego, Wisconsin176 contributions38 helpful votes
This was our first official "birding" tour, and WOW! were we impressed! From the very first moment when we landed at the airport, everything was handled in a professional manner! Our guide DOMI was incredible! His guiding/birding skills were wonderful! He was able to hear and locate birds throughout the entire trip, and we were happy to acquire a total of over 300 different species! I highly recommend the Darien extension! We were lucky enough to see a Harpy Eagle chick, and BOTH parents! The small group experience could not have been better! THANK YOU Birding Panama for taking care of every detail! The hotels were great, and food was fabulous!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Birding-Panama, Manager at Birding Panama
Responded Jan 18, 2020
Thank you very much for sharing your experiences, we are glad you liked the tour, this means a lot to us. Domi is certainly one of the best bird guides around. Happy Birding!
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