Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Western Panama
Near the border with Costa Rica lies an undiscovered land packed with promises of wildlife, adventure, exotic culture and enchanting villages : the spectacular mountains of the Chiriqui Highlands. It is a beautiful landscape of cloud forests, volcanic peaks, coffee plantations and home to most of Panama’s Guaymi Indians. Several parks provide endless opportunities of wildlife sightings : the Friendship International Park and Volcan Baru National Park, home to Panama’s highest peak, an extinct volcano.

Trails zigzag their way into lush cloud forests, which exhibit a surprising diversity of flora and fauna. Their mysticism is emphasized by the flute-like sound of the Black-Faced Solitaire. The Resplendent Quetzal can be spotted on a daily basis. Black guans, Emerald Toucanettes, tortoise continga and over 400 bird species, attract birdwatchers from all over the world.

Worldclass birding, coffee farm tours, mountain trekking, rafting, river kayaking and a visit to a world class botanical garden and archeological sites, are all part of the Chiriqui experience.

Specialties we will be looking for in the Chiriqui highlands: Violet Sabrewing, White Throated Mountain Gem, Volcano Hummingbird, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Prong-billed Barbet, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Ochraceous Pewee, Silvery-throated Jay, Wrenthrush, Fiery-billed Aracari, Turquoise Cotinga, Black-and-yellow Silky Flycatcher, Dusky Nightjar, Golden-crowned Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and many others.