This past February 2013 my wife and I signed up for the 7-day birding package at Canopy Lodge and had an amazing experience. We have both been active, enthusiastic birders for many years (although we do not list). This was our first full-blown birding trip and we wondered what we were getting into. It was everything we hoped for and more.
The transfer from Panama City to the Lodge was excellent and well timed. We were given a welcome orientation, shown our rooms and served a nice lunch. I assumed we would be on our own this first day and planned to sit at the feeders. To our surprise we were told to be back at 3:00 PM to meet our guide for the week Danilo for a few hours of birding. We saw many great birds that first afternoon including a Sun Bittern, Black Crowned Ant Pita, and Tody Motmot.
The grounds at Canopy Lodge are beautiful, with very active bird feeders. I cannot say enough how wonderful the entire staff was. The food was local, plentiful and very well prepared. The inclusive wine was great and the group dinners much fun. Our room was spacious and very clean. Amazingly the evenings were cool, so the lack of air conditioning was not a factor. Plus, we didn’t see a single mosquito the entire week!
Each guide is limited to 8 or less guests, but we never went out with more than 5 total and usually 3-4. We never repeated the same areas and by the end of our week we logged (yes we kept a list for this trip) 227 species, most of which we had never seen before.
Danilo was a wonderful guide with a true passion for birding and an amazing ability to call out and spot birds. He was tireless and made our week of birding at Canopy Lodge the perfect experience in every way. He was the best!
Both my wife and I agree, Canopy Lodge was wonderful in every way. We loved Panama and will return to stay at Canopy Tower and the newest location Canopy Camp Darien when it is completed.
Greg & Danette Vassilopoulos
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full service lodge specializing in nature activities, particularly birding and nature-watching. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canopy Hotel El Valle De Anton