Birding in Panama Blog


In the upper elevations of western Panama, with a range of hummingbirds, warblers, tanagers, finches, and Quetzals not found on other Panama tours, and perched at the edge of La Amistad International Park, a million-acre reserve that straddles the Costa Rican border, Los Quetzales Ecolodge sits among flower-lined paths and stream-fed pools stocked with huge rainbow trout. Trout are served with organic vegetables grown in their premises, a twenty room lodge in Guadalupe and 6 cabins in the pristine cloudforest, within two parks.

Perched astride the Panama/Costa Rica border in a chain of volcanic mountains that host one of the most unique avifaunas in Central America a visit to Guadalupe offers a plethora of distinctive bird species, attractive lodging, and a pleasantly cool mountain climate.

Of course, the true glamour bird here is the Resplendent Quetzal, and they are truly breathtaking. But what about Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Blue-throated Toucanet, Fiery-billed Aracari, Red-headed Barbet, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Turquoise Cotinga, Collared Redstart, and Flame-throated Warbler? The hummingbird show alone is worth the trip, with such gems as Volcano Hummingbird, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Mountain-gem, and the spectacular Violet Sabrewing among the myriad possibilities, many of which could be swarming around feeders right outside your rooms or cabins.

A delightful lodge in the small town of Guadalupe were you will enjoy charming accommodations, great food, and truly wonderful hospitality in addition to exceptional birding with easy to moderate terrain; moderate trail walking; mild to cool temperatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Zimmer – Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

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