Soberania is one of the world’s top birding destinations, with 525 species identified here. This park is just 45 min outside of Panama City, which makes it perfect for a day trip. The famous Pipeline Road is an open dirt road that goes 17.5 km into the park. There’s no need to walk to whole road to begin checking species off your list, just an hour at a slow pace will yield a surprising number of species! We often spot Trogon, Parrots, Herons, Toucan, Flycatchers, Hawks, Parakeets, hummingbirds, kingfishers, Jacana, Cotinga, pigeons, anhinga, cormorant and more.
We can also stop by the private Canopy Tower. It goes up above land, offering fantastic views and the chance to see canopy birds such as Toucans, Honeycreepers, Cotinga, Parrots and other species that are hard to see on the ground. There is an additional fee to climb the tower. If you wish to include a stop here, we go early, before it gets busy. Then we go to the Pipeline Road.
I share a spotting scope, bird books and binocular with my beginning birders. Experienced birders usually bright their own equipment such as binoculars and cameras.
Pick up from the city or closer hotels is 5:30 am to be at the national park around 6:30. Our trip lasts until 11:30 am and returns to Panama City around 12:30 pm.
What to wear:
- long pants
- long sleeve shirt
- hiking boots
- sweat towel
- personal refillable water bottle
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transportation to Soberania
- Your guided bird watching tour
- Snacks, fruit, water, juice and a light box lunch
Metropolitan National Park
Short on time? Animal lovers, hikers, beginning birders and families with children sometimes prefer this closer park. It’s only 10 minutes away and has several trails which offer very easy walks.
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