Hats off to Panama

San on the Lam

Saturday 12 December-Sunday 13 December 2009. Panama.

We’d been considering Panama as a birding destination for some time. It certainly had some nice, if pricy, lodges (like the Canopy Tower, in the Canal Zone), but it still wasn’t as well-known as perhaps Costa Rica was. It did have at least one very famous birding site, the Pipeline Road-a trail penetrating deep into the rainforest, which was originally built for a planned oil pipeline by American soldiers during World War II. It was a genuine concern that the Canal might be bombed and that oil supplies could be endangered. Now, it allows easy access into the dense rainforest of the Soberania National Park and a chance to become acquainted with some deep forest birding. It all sounded great, so when we found an all-inclusive package holiday, based right next to the Pipeline Road, and at prices much less than the Canopy…

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