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“A terrific guide”

Beny Wilson Wildlife Observation Service
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We offer local guides and professional services to those wishing to see birds and other wildlife in the jungles and seas of Panama. The tropics of the world are home to the highest diversity of birds: 1006 species of birds in a country smaller than the state of South Carolina, Panama is a classic birding destination.Whit migratory whales and nesting turtles. Panama has lots of mammals and huge diversity of envinroments to visit.
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We sent a day with Beny birding the Bayano River area. Beny showed us many birds - we even found the Blue Cotinga.

Beny is a great guy to be with - attentive and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the trip.

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We had a very positive experience during an afternoon with Beny - he finds the birds, gets them in his scope, and provides abundant commentary based upon a lifetime of studying birds and wildlife throughout his native Panama. A warm, cordial, and knowledgeable guide - would use him again.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

I came down the stairs at the Canopy Bed and Breakfast where Steve and I were staying in Gamboa, Panama and found Steve and a stranger looking through binoculars at a bird in one of the trees on the property. “You must be Beny!” I exclaimed as I reached out my hand to shake his. He flashed me a big broad smile and at that moment I knew we were in for a fun adventure for the next three days.

I learned of Beny through the managers of the Canopy Bed and Breakfast, who gave me his contact information a couple of months before we arrived in Panama. Steve and I love to hire local bird guides when we travel and while good field guide books and even bird-finding guide books are a must we knew we would miss so much if we didn’t hire a guide–in particular, a local who knew where to spot the birds. Besides, I always love sitting down and having lunch with local guides and learning more about the culture and their lives. And to be honest, they always know the best places to stop for lunch.

Whether it was Beny’s big smile, hearty laugh or his David Attenborough impersonation as we watched for birds atop the observation tower on Pipeline Road, I will forever remember the wonderful time we had with Beny and know in my heart that he will be a lifelong friend. (He even brought me a Coke Lite one morning after he learned I was addicted to the stuff.)

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Two European friends came to visit and we decided we wanted to see quetzals. It was out of season but hey, we wanted to see them. So we contacted beny to please call them in and off we went. We traveled to Boquete without much hope to see quetzals but wanting to enjoy the astonishing nature of the place. Beny showed to be not only very knowlegdable about his country and its wildlife but also great company. We tried to find quetzals in several sites without much success but could appreciate many other things we would have missed on our own. The last day almost at dusk Beny called us quietly to see five beautiful quetzals very close to where we were. So we went back to Panama city with our pictures of quetzales and good memories of Chiriquí.

Thank Diego P
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Reviewed 15 June 2016
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