Early Morning Wildlife Spotting
Start early and head to the observation deck for the opportunity to scan the treetops before breakfast. Animals sighted here often include Geoffroy's tamarins, mantled howlers, sloths, and red-tailed squirrels, whilst a variety of colourful birds come to feed on the cecropia trees.
Half a Day Wildlife Spotting on the Semaphore Hill Road
After breakfast, start walking down Semaphore Hill Road through the lush lowland rainforest of Soberania National Park to continue the search for mammals and other creatures. This paved road is a little more than a mile long, and passes through some of the most beautiful forest around providing an opportunity to see mammals as well as birds and interesting plants, wildflowers and butterflies. The rare Silky Anteater, as well as the secretive Tayra, have been spotted occasionally along this road. At the end of this walk, pick-up by open-air vehicles and drive up to the Canopy Tower for lunch.
Half Day Visit to Summit Garden and Ammo Dump Pond
After lunch, drive north to Ammo Dump Pond, located in the small town of Gamboa. This is a great place to look for the world’s second largest rodent, the Lesser Capybara, which can be found in or near the Chagres river. Also, in Gamboa's forested neighbourhoods, we hunt for Red Squirrels and Central American Agouti, a large diurnal rainforest rodent. If there's time, there may be a quick stop at the marina on the Chagres River, the main source of water for the Panama Canal. With a bit of luck, we can find a Neotropical River Otter and Variegated Squirrels. Water birds including Wattled Jacana, Striated Heron and the beautiful Snail Kite can be seen hunting here. Back to Canopy Tower for dinner.
After dinner, board the Canopy Tower’s open back Rainfomobile for a night drive down Semaphore Hill Road. Many Neotropical mammals are nocturnal, and night drives are the best way to find them! We hope this evening to find Panamanian Night Monkey, Paca, Central American Woolly Opossum and if lucky, a Rothschild’s Porcupine!
You will be staying at Canopy Tower, Full board