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Virtual Birdwatching Tour at the Panama Canal
July 29, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am$8.99
This guided virtual tour will be broadcast live via Zoom with our expert tour guides who are both naturalists and historians who can answer any of your questions while they show you our beautiful country.
This virtual tour will begin when the birds are most active at 6am local time in Panama (we will send you the starting meeting time according on your geographic location). The tour will start at the Pipeline Road in Soberanía National Park. One of the premier birding spots in the world, the Pipeline Road will give us an opportunity to watch birds in a mature rainforest that is full of an incredible mix of wildlife. A bird count here organized by the Audubon Society set a record when 385 species were observed in only 24 hours. We will walk along a series of trails that will take us to a panoramic view of Gatun Lake where we can see different species of waterfowl and aquatic animals. We will spend around 2 hours birdwatching and looking for native wildlife that lives in the areas right next to the Panama Canal. We will be stopping along the way as we discover sloths, toucans, monkeys, and the many other species that reside in one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.
Once we finish with our birdwatching at the Pipeline Road, we will continue with a 30 minute driving tour of the Canal Zone town of Gamboa, where we will see a small remnant of Americana that remains nestled in the rain forest. While your guides tell you about the unique history of the Panama Canal Zone, we will drive by sites such as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Panama Canal Dredging Division, and see the houses that were left by the Americans when they transferred the canal to Panama in 1999.
We will be using two scopes during the virtual tour, 1) 80mm scope and 2) 100mm scope to make this experience more enjoyable.
This is a great way for you to support local tour guides during this crisis, as the tourism industry will be hit hardest during these trying times.