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Tamandua

David, Panama
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Terry K wrote a review Apr 2022
San Luis Obispo, California20 contributions4 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Bridget McCoy wrote a review Jan 2022
Cotati, California5 contributions
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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!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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SnSV4EVER wrote a review Jul 2021
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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!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Elizabeth wrote a review Mar 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LeilaJavitch wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York2 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I went on a wonderful 8 day birding trip in Panama. We traveled with 6 other friends and were very fortunate to be in the hands of 3 guides from Tamandua....Nando and his son Ismael Quiroz in Gamboa and along the Pipeline Rd, Josanel in the Anton Valley, and Ito Santamaria in his home area of Chiriqui Province. All these men were superb guides who knew their birds and were also good companions. Tamandua's organization was excellent: everything ran smoothly. And four wheel drive vehicles and tasty refreshments appeared when we needed them! Highlights of the trip besides many, many birds were hawks and owls. I cant name the hawks, but we saw a Speckled Owl in the Valle d"Anton and, thanks to sharp-eyed Ismael, a family of Costa Rican Pygmy Owls stacked on a branch. Parents and 3 juveniles were drowsy so we had a good long look at them. Our visit to the Chiriqui Highlands was a spectacular finale to our trip with two nights at one of the Los Quetzales Lodge's forest cabins where Ito's wife and sister cooked up delicious meals for us. We saw the Resplendent Quetzale there--several of them--- and numerous other birds that flew in in mixed flocks. Tamandua provides the best guides and birding experience we have ever had. We highly recommend them. Leila and Daniel Javitch
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Date of experience: January 2020
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