Birdwatching: Panama is one of the best places in Central America to go birding. Due to the country’s location between two continents and its narrow girth, more species of birds inhabit Panama than anywhere else on the continent. A dazzling variety of North and South American birds are represented, both native and migratory.
The famous resplendent quetzal, the three-wattled bellbird, the harpy eagle and the king vulture are just a few of the many species that flourish here. The total number of bird species found in Panama, about 950, is surprisingly large, especially when you consider the relatively small surface area of the country. Some 150 of these species are neotropical migrants that only occur in the country from September until April. It's not uncommon to see more than twenty different migrant warblers and vireos on a good morning during the spring or fall migration, in addition to fifty or sixty resident species.
Whale watching: Humpback whales from the Southern Hemisphere “winter” in Panamanian waters from July until November during their annual migration to tropical waters to mate and calf. Humpback whales are named for the distinctive “hump” that they make when bending their backs for breathing and diving. The humpback is a baleen whale like the blue whale and it strains krill and small fish from the water. An adult humpback will consume between a ton and a ton and a half of food a day and males can grow to 35 feet long and females can reach 40 feet.
National parks: Panama’s unique geographic location has resulted in a wealth of diversity in plant, animal and bird life. The protection of these natural resources is important in Panama, and almost 30% of the country has been set aside for conservation purposes. There are 14 National Parks, as well as approximately 16 Wildlife Refuges and Reserves.
The 14 National Parks encompass approximately 3.5 million acres of rainforest, jungle, mountain range, marine areas, beaches and desert ecosystems, which cover roughly 22% of the surface area of the country. These areas are the habitat of almost 1,000 species of birds, as well as 220 mammals and 354 reptiles and amphibians.
Jungle: No other country in Central America has highly developed urban areas with as easy access to dense tropical jungles as Panama. You can literally go wildlife watching “over lunch,” having added new and astonishing animal sightings to your wish list. Discover the exotic flora and fauna while watching monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds and an enormous array of other animals.
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2 Days - Visiting the Embera Indigenous Community for a day is fine, but staying to spend the afternoon and night, waking up in the heart of the jungle is a totally different experience.
4 Days - Darien, one of the tropical forests of Central America, very little known, but with great attractions: we can meet indigenous Emberá and Wounaan groups who will show us their culture, an experience that is lived only once in a lifetime.
12 Days - If you are a nature and adventure lover, this is the ideal tour! You will visit several trails, do river rafting and enjoy the paradisiacal beaches of the Pacific and the Caribbean.
8 Hours - A wonderful day on the beaches of the Caribbean. It will start with the mangroves of the Costa Arriba of Colón that form tunnels rich in species, and then you will go to the wonderful veins of the sea in ¨Venas Azules¨ and we will end up snorkeling in Playa Blanca!
11 Days - This is the ideal tour to discover the Panama Canal, San Blas and Darien. You will meet three of our ethnic groups, the Guna and the Emberá-Wounaan.
6 Hours - Do you want to know the pineapple? this fruit rich in vitamins and minerals? Panama is the # 1 country! This is the ideal tour, to know all its process from sowing to harvest and the export process. Did you know that pineapple is a flower that turns into fruit? Tasting included!
12 Days - Discover as a family the Panama Canal, the wonderful Contadora Island, learn a little about history and culture, but above all, enjoy various activities.
4 Days - Between July and November, two very important marine events occur: the arrival of humpback whales and the nesting of turtles. Come and live this experience, which must be done at least once in your life.
12 Days - Discovering the secrets of our ethnic groups will take you along the Chagres River, on a wonderful walk through the San Blas islands and into the immense and impressive Darien jungle.
4 Days - Escudo de Veraguas is a magical place, a completely virgin island, which is home to numerous species that we cannot find anywhere, such as the three-toed pygmy sloth. Come discover this paradise painted freehand with the most beautiful blues.
10 Days - Our ethnic groups show us their cultures and customs throughout this tour: you will meet those groups in three of our provinces, accompanied by a little history of each site.
4 Days - Do you want to know one of our World Heritage Sites? Coiba is the ideal place that gives you the opportunity to dive with the ¨Big ones¨ of the ocean. You will visit one of the largest marine parks in the world, with its exuberant biodiversity.
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