I was lucky to be with one of the first birding groups to stay for a week at the newest lodge in the Canopy Family, Canopy Camp. I went with my favorite bird tour group, Ventures Birding. There were only 5 of us on the tour and we had the place to ourselves. The camp can accommodate 16 people total (2 to a tent). The 8 tents are luxury safari style on elevated platforms with teak floors and private bathrooms with showers open to the sky (cold water only, but I understand that will change). There is a deck area with lounge chairs in front of each tent and plenty of storage and hanging space for gear and clothes. There is a standing fan and lots of windows in the tents as well. Flashlights, mirrors, soap and shampoo, Kleenex, hand held fans and even emergency whistles are also provided. I really wanted for nothing. Drinking water containers are in the bathrooms and in the dining area for refilling bottles (best to bring your own water bottle). The dining area and the "living room" is covered with open sides. There is plenty of comfortable seating as well as hammocks to rest in during the heat of the day (it does get quite hot in the Darien). The library is well stocked and "happy hour" with nibbles and an honor bar is served there every evening. Now to the food. It is wonderful. Plenty of fresh veggies, meat and fish dishes, hot breakfasts with plenty of luscious local fruit and strong coffee early every morning. I brought home some of the salsa that was made fresh daily. If you're out birding all day the same quality picnic lunch is brought along complete with a folding table and a tablecloth! There is always cold water, drinks and snacks in the van wherever you go. The birding is world class in this area of course. We saw hundreds of species in just a few days and the local guides are amazing at spotting the birds (even the antbirds). Canopy Camp is in the middle of no where, but if you love to be close to nature this is your comfortable paradise? Hiking trails around camp are good and there's nothing like waking to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and Oropendolas. I can't recommend Canopy Camp enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Canopy Camp is located in the heart of Panama's remote eastern province, Darien. A birdwatcher's paradise, the Canopy Camp offers all-inclusive birding and wildlife observation tours and lodging in the most bio-diverse region of Central America. The Canopy Camp features comfortable African safari-style tents, private bathrooms, excellent meals and high-quality bilingual naturalist guides. ... more less