Like so much of the world, most of the Darién’s primary forest has been logged, yet it still boasts many rich habitats; indeed, the Darién continues to produce new Central American records and is a stepping stone for northward spreading species like Whistling Heron, Southern Lapwing, Slender-billed Kite, Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, Cattle Tyrant, and Yellow-hooded Blackbird.

Head east along the Pan-American Highway to the passport check at the provincial boundary, a reminder that you are entering a more remote part of Panama. From the passport check, you carry on to your Relaxing Lodge Stay at the new Canopy Camp Darién, which boasts modern amenities like large, safari-style tents, full-size beds, private baths and showers, flush toilets, solar electricity, and fans, as well as fabulous and varied birding.

Photo credits: Banner: Canopy Camp Darién, Lori Conrad; Three-toed Sloth, Karen LeMay; White-necked Jacobin, Peg Abbott; Blue Butterfly, Lori Conrad; Panama Scenic, Peg Abbott; Group, Peg Abbott; Night Monkeys, Carla Bregman; Keel-billed Toucan, Peg Abbott; Local Market, Peg Abbott.