January 9 - a Panamanian Holiday so no need to get to work on time, instead I arrived at about 6:30 at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. Even though I had previously checked out the entrance location, I did miss the turn in the dark at first. The woman at the checkin/gift shop was pleasant and encouraging; telling me there would be a guide there by 7:30 or 8:00 and to continue up the track. For those who are easily confused in the semi-darkness like myself, there is a parking area where you see some signs and boardwalks. The visitor center is slightly uphill from there and the tower downhill (and then up). By the time I had sorted myself out, there were a couple of serious birders and a guide and I followed them the short distance to the tower.
Even if you have no birding experience you will enjoy this place. But be sure you have binoculars. Just be quiet and listen, take advantage of the experienced birders who are likely to be there, they are friendly and helpful. We saw the most birds between 7:30 and 8:30. But maybe that was because there were the most people looking then. You also don't need to speak Spanish. The hummingbirds at the visitor center were a delight and I could have watched them for much longer.
I hope to go back with more time to walk the trails as well as climb the canopy again.
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