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the_finchley_lees
London, UK889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Our guide Jo collected the three of us in a mini-bus and we started at around 6pm alongside canal before going into Pipeline.
Jo was very enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable and we spotted about 70 birds in all. He had a great eye and ear for the birdlife.
The organisation was very helpful and replied to all my emails promptly and when I messed up the says, couldn't have been more helpful.
I give it a 4 and not 5 because one of our party was very new to birdwatching and the guide was more used to expert birders. Also we were expecting to go for lunch and because it was Saturday thus did not apply - this was not communicated adequately.
A halfday would have been enough.
The trip was very good. Better to be eith an expert guide otherwise you'll miss loads.
Written January 4, 2020
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SnSV4EVER
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Just recently Tamandua opened up their café in Guadalupe, Cerró Punta in Chiriqui. We went there after a rainforest hike and immediately felt welcomed and cared for. The café staff prepared an exquisite cup of coffee (café del día) and a ham and cheese panini made with artisanal local bread. My wife and I had three cups of coffee, the panini and total damage was $5 US. I love that they are not exploiting tourists in charging exorbitant prices. We much prefer coming to them for our coffee and snack rather than a “Fonda” and their prices make that possible. We are local and love to take our two dogs for long hikes beyond the Guadalupe hills ana it’s nice to know we now have a quaint local establishment we can frequent and watch grow. Congratulations Tamandua Nature & Photo on your new Guadalupe café!
Written July 13, 2021
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Bridget McCoy
Cotati, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I’ve been fortunate to travel to many beautiful places in the world, and the cloud forests of the Chiriquí Highlands in Panama definitely are among the most breathtaking. My husband and I were on a 5 day birding tour with Tamandua Nature Tours. Our guide, Ito Santamaria, was able to take us to remote locations in his 4 wheel drive Toyota truck that provided us with sightings of dozens of tropical birds, including twice of the elusive Quetzal and many other species too numerous to name. Ito’s sharp knowledge and keen eyes were invaluable, but equally important is that he is a thoroughly likable and enjoyable person to be with. His family has also created a delightful hummingbird garden which allowed us access to birds at close range. I highly recommend Tamandua Nature Tours – they can customize a trip for you that you will treasure and never forget!
Written January 18, 2022
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Kathy C
Columbia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Sam Britton was our guide (arranged by Tamandua) for a 6-hour birding tour of the Pipeline and he was excellent. On February 25, he was at the hotel before we came downstairs. He had brought a few bananas in case we didn't get breakfast. The places that he took us and his expertise in finding birds and then spotting them with his scope was amazing. We saw 73 bird species, 3 mammals, a snake, an iguana and a fresh water eel being eaten by a Fasciated Tiger Heron. We also watched as a Yellow Tiger Snake tried to get to eggs inside a nest in a dead tree. (Sam knew the nest was there and it's history.) We saw two different pairs of birds beat that snake off the limb and fall at least 30 feet. WOW! Sam even brought us a very nice lunch so we had more time outside. At the end of the trip, he sat with us as we made our list of birds and animals that we had seen. The next day he sent pictures of those birds as well. It was clear Sam has a passion for nature and he loved sharing it.

We had a fabulous experience. We would heartily recommend him to any organization and other birders.
Written March 26, 2024
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JillinAsheville
Asheville, NC5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
These guys provided terrific service and a wonderful half day tour of Pipeline Road. They knew particular trees that were favorites of particular birds. We got some fabulous photos taken through their scope. Be sure to take your own water and if you don’t have binoculars, tell them when you book so they will bring you some. I would go back with them anytime!
Written January 12, 2020
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Terry K
San Luis Obispo, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Owners Ito and Katrina are GREAT!! We saw over 60 species in 4 hours. Ito is an expert on birds and their calls. He was informative, funny, and great to spend time with. If you have time, be sure to check out their cafe in Guadalupe. Great coffee and pastries. Tamandua uses very nice and comfortable vehicles and they are fully equipped with scopes, etc. I highly recommend Tamandua!
Written April 9, 2022
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AndyKathy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
My birding partner Bruce and I have just returned from a birding/photography trip with Tamandua. The organization was fantastic, flexible and flawless. Everyday our travel, local guides, food and accommodation were organized. Nothing was too much trouble if we wanted to modify our day. Ito and Karina are really great people, and try to make sure that your trip is a success in every way. This is far better than going with seven or eight other people with the big companies.
highly recommended.
Andy Morgan, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Written February 13, 2023
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Yiming Q
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I had a tough time to find a bird guide a week before my trip to Panama. Luckily, Mr "Kilo" Campos from Tamandua had half a day free and was willing to go birding with me on Pipeline Road. He is definitely one of the best birding guides in Panam, knowing all the birds by song, and great at getting me close to the birds. I couldn't be happier with my time spent at Pipeline Road, and with Kilo.
Written February 5, 2023
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Qlord
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
My best day in Panama and one of my best days ever was spent with Nando and his son Ismael bird watching. Nando is a top notch guide - very very excellent birder but so helpful in making the best experience regardless of your level of experience. His son Ismael is also a great help and helped me take some amazing photos with my iPhone by attaching it to their scope. I arranged the tour on my own before I arrived at Gamboa Resort. I would advise booking early in your trip with them because then the rest of the trip you can better find the birds they helped you discover. I will definitely be back for another tour - maybe camping next time!
Written October 22, 2019
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Elizabeth
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent 2 days with Ito finding birds on our target list. And wow! We found them and many more. His birding skills are fantastic, and he's very professional and simply pleasant to be around. If you are a beginner or a seasoned birder with a target list to fill, Ito can accommodate you. When we come back to Panama, his company is the first one we will reach out to. We regret not finding him sooner in our birding travels through Panama.
Written March 8, 2020
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