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Jason Lara Tours

Boquete, Panama
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About Jason Lara Tours
Jason Lara is a bilingual experienced bird guide who offers personalized, private tours for novice and avid birders throughout Western Panama. Tour areas include Boquete, Volcan and Cerro Punta, and The Continental Divide between the Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro provinces Jason also offers coffee, hiking and sightseeing tours around Boquete and the Panama Highlands, highlighting points of interest to travelers. Jason introduces the stunning beauty and biodiversity of the region to visitors, combined with friendly service, history and information. Tours are available every day of the week, are fully customized to meet your goals and schedule, and include transportation. Please contact Jason to set up your tour!
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MargaretHartman wrote a review Jul 2022
Mill Valley, California54 contributions6 helpful votes
We connected with Jason on the recommendation of some friends of ours who did a private birdwatching tour with Jason in early 2020. In a word, Jason is amazing. He is kind, patient (with our 12 year old son), punctual and exceptionally knowledgeable about the birds (& butterflies) of Panama. We apparently, had a slow day for wildlife, having seen only 34 different bird species. He often spots many more. We went to 3 different locations to view birds and saw a stunning array of hummingbirds. He picked us up at our hotel at 7am and off we went for a lovely day of birdwatching. We stopped for coffee (& a hike) at Lerida's before he took us back to our hotel at 1pm. Jason is born & raised in Boquete so he knows a ton about the area and is well connected to the people and other tours. It's clear that he loves his home. The only thing we missed seeing was the elusive Quetzal but alas, we knew its not the time of year for them to be out and about.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Z Q wrote a review May 2022
Boston, Massachusetts13 contributions16 helpful votes
Excellent fund of knowledge, down to earth. We spent about 5 hrs on the pipeline hike and hanging out at a coffee estate, informative/super fun.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Nick T wrote a review May 2022
Panama City, Panama12 contributions6 helpful votes
Exceptional bird guiding from a really knowledgeable specialist guide, who is also great company. Sadly we only had one day but we’ll certainly make a plan for our next trip later this year and explore several more of the areas that Jason guides in, across western Panama. He is very good on ID and calls, and is also the quickest we’ve ever had at getting on birds with a scope. He is a very good guide by global standards (and we’ve been out with many across africa, Europe and Central America).
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Jody431 wrote a review May 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina17 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked Jason well over a month in advance of our trip to Panama which included a stay in Boquete. He was excellent and it turns out not only for bird watching. We started our tour at 7 AM with a pick up from our hotel. He asks what birds you are most interested in and we were very hopeful to see the Resplendent Quetzal as well as other birds. He knew just where to take us. After an hour or so of looking he was able to find a quetzal by tracking its’ call. Amazing experience watching this male quetzal! He preened, called and kept us mesmerized for over 20 minutes. Jason had a scope which brought the quetzal into perfect viewing even though we also had great binoculars. He also had a laser which was helpful in finding the position of the birds. Now for the second thing Jason was invaluable for. I stepped into a hole which was hidden under the ground cover. To make a long story short I ended up having a fracture in my fibula right above my ankle. Jason took us to a clinic in Boquete and helped us through that as he is an excellent translator. They sent me to an emergency room in David where again Jason drove us there and helped us with paperwork and translation. I had X-rays and a visit with an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed the fracture and fitted me with a boot. Then we went to a pharmacy to pick up a pain medication and again we couldn’t have done that without him. He was patient, concerned and never once looked put out by having to take care of me. I highly recommend Jason for bird watching and you can also be assured he is great in an emergency. Thank you Jason!!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Naomi k wrote a review Apr 2022
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100% recommend, what an amazing experience. A wonderful guide who we learnt so much from and who, through expert knowledge found many beautiful birds and (by special request) a sloth! Jason is so knowledgeable and helps capture awesome footage so you can relive the memories. A once in a lifetime experience. I’m so glad we did it. Thank you so much Jason!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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