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  • Due to the amazing response from Birdwatching readers, we have almost filled the spots for Friday´s free virtual tour. We have opened a new free tour on Monday, August 10th for Birdwatching readers. If there is no availability for Friday, please reserve for Monday, August 10th for a free virtual birding experience!

Virtual Birdwatching Tour at the Panama Canal

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Due to the amazing response from Birdwatching readers, we have almost filled the spots for Friday´s free virtual tour. We have opened a new free tour on Monday, August 10th for Birdwatching readers. If there is no availability for Friday, please reserve for Monday, August 10th for a free virtual birding experience!

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.

Shared Experience the tour with people from around the world
$12 $8.99
Private 90 Screens limit Group
$250 $225

Due to the amazing response from Birdwatching readers, we have almost filled the spots for Friday´s free virtual tour. We have opened a new free tour on Monday, August 10th for Birdwatching readers. If there is no availability for Friday, please reserve for Monday, August 10th for a free virtual birding experience!

Enjoy the Beauty of Panamanian Biodiversity and amazing views of the Panama Canal.

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 (see below for the starting time where you live) .  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 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 then spend a few minutes next to the Panama Canal where the Chagres River meets the Canal and  watch the transiting ships entering and exiting the famous Gaillard Cut.

What this tour is:

  • A live, interactive virtual tour with at least two knowledgeable tour guides. You can ask as many questions as you like and participate as much or as little as you want
  • The tour will be conducted with the Zoom app, which is free to download and use
  • This is a shared online experience that you will enjoy with other guests from around the world.
  • If you choose the Private option, your tour will be with only those who you choose to invite
  • This tour is in English
  • This is a nature tour, and your tour guides will be equipped with powerful spotting scopes attached to the cameras
  • During the driving portions of the tour the tour guides will stop to appreciate as many points of interest as possible. However due to restrictions in place by the Panamanian government due to Covid-19, we cannot enter any buildings or attractions.
  • 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

What this tour is not:

  • This is not an HD experience. Because we will be using the Zoom app to make this an interactive experience, we have to sacrifice a small amount of image quality.  That said, the video feed of the birds and wildlife has really good quality, much better than we anticipated when we started this.  We are confident that you will be pleased at how well you can see the wildlife through our scopes.  Please see the examples we have uploaded.
  • This is a live nature tour, so we cannot guarantee what we will see during the tour. We are entering a famous birdwatching area, so the odds are great that we see a lot, but nature doesn’t ever guarantee anything.
  • This is no risk to you. If you are not happy or satisfied for any reason, we will refund your money, no questions asked.  This virtual tourism is as much experimental for us as it probably is to you, and we just want to make sure you end up happy

Starting times:

This tour starts when the birds are most active at 6:00am local Panama time.  Here is the starting time for locations outside of Panama:

GMT -5 Central Daylight Time (US & Canada)  6:00 am

GMT -4 Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada)  7:00 am

GMT +1 British Summer & Irish Standard Time  (United Kindom & Ireland) 12:00 pm

GMT +2 Central European Summer Time (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway) 13:00 pm

GMT +3 Eastern European Summer Time (Norway) 14:00 pm