My best friend and I go on a birding trip every year and this year we chose Canopy Tower. We visited on July 9 – 14 and my only complaint is that the trip wasn’t longer. From the moment we arrived we knew we were in an awesome place. Within five minutes we were on top of tower looking at our first Three-toed Sloth – within 15 feet from our binoculars!
Our primary objective was the birds and they did not disappoint. The tower property itself can keep you busy for hours. From the dining windows you will routinely see Aracari’s, Toucans, Honeycreepers, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Caciques, and many more. Howler Monkey’s also make themselves present day after day in the trees that circle the tower.
The birding off the property is excellent as well. No matter which destination, the birds were there and the guides all did an outstanding job making sure we saw as many birds as possible. My target bird was the Black-chested Jay and I got it (along with 5 others) in great scope view at Summit Park, which is about 5 minutes from the tower. The list goes on and on but if you have a craving for an American Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-headed Parrot, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-lored Parrot, Keel-billed Toucan, Blue Cotinga, Cinnamon Becard, or a Black-tailed Trogon you probably just need to get to Canopy Tower because the odds are you will see them all and many more.
The lodge itself was great! We stayed in the single rooms and were very pleased. On this level, the bathroom and the shower are shared but it didn’t pose and issue whatsoever. During our visit there were only a couple of other guests so noise was a non-issue for the most part but they do provide earplugs if you need them. The tower was hot but not unbearable. You will be so caught up in the birds and wildlife, it won’t matter. It does cool down some at night which will help you sleep but I do recommend you bring a very small, quiet fan if you like it really cool.
The food was terrific! All three meals were wonderful and diverse, lots of flavor and plenty to satisfy your hunger. Soda and water is included with your stay as well so you can drink as much as you want. Wine is included with dinner. Alcohol is available in the evenings for a small cost. One of the best things is that you can drink the water at the tower right from the faucet, although you don’t have to since they stock bottled water but, this is eliminates and enormous amount of stress during the trip. You even shower in clean water so you will be in good shape with the agua.
July is the rainy season so you will get a good shower everyday but it is never for long. Typically, it rains in the afternoon for a few hours and then dries up. So, just expect it and you will not be disappointed. One cool advantage to the rain is that it seemed to re-charge the birds. When the rain stopped the birds became very active again so you basically get a second morning each day in the afternoon after the rain. Pretty cool!
Lastly, I want to make sure I appreciate the entire staff for their patience and understanding with me. I had an emergency come up back in the states and had to cut my trip short by three days. Even though I created a little confusion in my attempt to book a flight and get back to the airport, they all worked very hard to make sure I got back home to my family. They were very willing to help me out. I had to use the phone a lot and they allowed me to keep their cordless with me most of the time while I was at the lodge. I am very thankful for all of their help!!!
Simply put, you will not be disappointed with Canopy Tower. If you want birds, an awesome experience, and a staff willing to make sure you have both than GO! I can’t wait to go back and plan to very soon!
- Also Known As:
- Canopy Tower Hotel Panama City
- Canopy Tower Panama/Panama City