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The Republic of Panama has the most accessible rainforest in the world. With 900 species of birds, 1,500 species of trees, and 10,000 species of plants, Panama is a tropical paradise for nature lovers. And thanks to the construction of the Panama Canal, large tracts of lowland rainforest were preserved as national parks to protect the watershed.

Independent Birding Ventures

Click any of the Independent Birding Ventures below for more information. View Panama Lodges
An Independent Birding Venture (IBV) in Panama begins at Canopy Tower, a renovated radar installment that is as close as you can get to sleeping in the rainforest canopy. Tanagers, toucans, and tityras can be seen right from your bedroom window, as can troops of diminutive Geoffrey’s Tamarins moving quickly through the trees, and Three-toed Sloths moving at a far more leisurely pace. The dining area and the roof of the tower are unparalleled for great looks at elusive canopy birds, including Green-legged Honeycreeper, Collared Aracari, White-necked Puffird, Green-shrike Vireo, Blue Cotinga, and Keel-billed Toucan.

You also stay at Canopy Lodge, a sleek, modern lodge adjacent to the protected Cerro Gaital Natural Monument. In the gardens surrounding the lodge are species like Crimson-backed Tanager, Dusky-faced Tanager, Social Flycatcher, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Rufous-tailed and Violet-headed Hummingbirds, and Clay-colored Robin. Guiding is provided by the deeply knowledgeable staff guides at both lodges.

With Naturalist Journeys’ IBVs, you pick the start date, the length, and the activity level. Designed for two or more people, travel with that special someone, a family member, or a group of friends. IBVs are great for photographers and for couples or friends with varied interest in birding.

Next steps? It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Feel free to contact us with questions.
1. Choose your dates.
2. Choose your lodges.
3. Call (800) 426-7781 or email

Details Pricing
Basic 7-Night, 2-Lodge Package
4 nights at Canopy Tower & 3 nights at Canopy Lodge (or vice versa).
Please inquire.
Expanded 8-Night, 2-Lodge Package
4 nights at both Canopy Tower & Canopy Lodge, or we can set up a 5- and 3-night split between lodges.
Please inquire.
Please inquire.

Relaxing Lodge Stays

Details Pricing
The best of Panama birding!
Please inquire.
Adventure in Panama's wild Darién.
Please inquire.

For Premium Custom Travel Planning to other areas of Panama, please contact our Travel Planners.
Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement available upon request.

For Guided Group Tours to Panama and more, please visit our partner, Naturalist Journeys.

Photo credits: Banner: Panama Canal, Howard Topoff; Capped Heron, Peg Abbott; Canopy Lodge Swing Bridge, Peg Abbott; Caiman, Peg Abbott; Tour Participants on Boat, Peg Abbott; Crimson-backed Tanager, Peg Abbott; Lemon-rumped Tanager, Peg Abbott.


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