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Ultimate Wildlife 9-Day EcoTour

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Ultimate Wildlife 9-Day EcoTour


  • Panama City
  • Soberania National Park
  • Chiriqui Highlands
  • Bocas del Toro Archipelago


  • Hiking and wildlife viewing in over 4 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves
  • Kayaking the Panama Canal
  • Canopy Tour in remote Soberania National Park
  • Mount Totumas cloudforest
  • Relax on the pure white beaches of Bocas del Toro
  • World-class snorkeling at the the barrier reefs of Bastimentos Island National Marine Park
  • Expert naturalist guides
  • Breathtaking rainforest lodges

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Arrive Panama City
  • DAY 2 Panama Canal, Soberania National Park - Canopy Tower
  • DAY 3-6 Chiriqui Highlands
  • DAY 9-9 Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Ultimate Wildlife 9-Day EcoTour

A shorter version of our most popular itinerary emphasizing wildlife and bird watching "off the beaten path." For wildlife lovers who have only a week, the first 9 days are the same as our 14 day Panama Ultimate wildlife itinerary:
. The most value of any professional wildlife tour in Panama, including wildlife viewing in more than 4 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves, with rainforest hiking, islands, snorkeling, beaches, cloud-forests, remote rainforest preserves, rainforest canopy experience, and much more!
. Expert Local Naturalist Guides
. Beautiful Rainforest Lodges and Beachfront Cabanas  Some featured in Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure, and on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
. Specifically designed to optimize the chances of seeing more wildlife by visiting a variety of different eco-systems, with no commercial "filler" activities.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Panama

Upon arrival in Panama City you will be met at the Tocumen International Airport and transferred to your hotel to rest after your long journey.

DAY 2 Chiriquí Highlands

Wildlife: Monkeys, queztals, jaguar, ocelotuma and more.

Early in the morning transfer to Albrook domestic Airport for your 1 hour flight to David. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Volcan, west of Volcano Baru. Enjoy lunch at a local gourmet restaurant, Cerro Brujo, then begin the 2 hour journey to Mount Totumas, a private 400 acre cloud forest reserve. The journey will start on a paved road and continue by windy dirt road, crossing many small streams until you reach a fantastic 4WD road with incredible views of the cloud-forest, and great opportunities to spot wildlife and birds. Upon arrival, short orientation followed by an afternoon hike on the reserve.

Mt. Totumas is located in the buffer zone directly bordering La Amistad National Park. For this reason there are still apex predators like Jaguar, ocelot and Puma (all of which the lodge regularly spots on its camera-traps!) along with 3 species of monkeys and some of the most sought after charismatic bird species of the cloud-forest, including the Resplendent Quetzal.

DAY 3-4 Mount Totumas - Hiking and Wildlife Viewing

Enjoy a shared guided hike in search of wildlife and enjoy the untouched fauna, then sit back and view wildlife and birds right from the deck of your lodge perched on a ridge overlooking the valley with spectacular views of La Amistad National Park and the cloud-forest canopy in the foreground!

DAY 5 Land and Boat Transfer to Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Today you will be transferred by land and boat from Boquete to Bocas del Toro Archipelago. You will pass through the Talamanca Continental Divide and enjoy the amazing landscape of the Panama highlands. Enjoy the spectacular view of areas of the Palo Seco and La Fortuna Natural Reserves during your land transfer. Upon arrival to Almirante (Bocas del Toro Mainland pier), you will board a water taxi that will take you to Isla Colon. (Ground Transfer approximately 3 1/2 hours, Boat transfer approximately 30 minutes.) Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

DAY 6-7 Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Highlights: World-class snorkeling on a tropical island paradise.

Wildlife: Dolphins, 4 species of endangered sea turtles, coral of every color of the spectrum, abundant fish including stunning queen angels, fairy basselets, rock beauties, green moray, damselfish and four-eyed butterfly fishes. Four species of primates including night monkeys, plus sloths, strawberry poison dart frogs, and seasonal visits from bellbirds, and other rare wildlife.

Each day enjoy a choice of one included tour from your lodge. Choices include:

* Visiting some of the most exotic and isolated virgin beaches located in the different Islands of the Archipelago.

* Snorkeling at the Coral Reefs of the bay to see lots different kind of corals, tropical fishes and starfishes.

* Boat rides through the island to visit indigenous communities.

* Hiking in the rainforest to see the flora and fauna.

* Motorized canoe river trips to search the slots and the white face monkeys.

* Boat tours to meet dolphins in their natural habitat.

* Visiting Bocas town to buy some handcraft and admire its afro-Caribbean colonial architecture style.

DAY 8 Bocas del Toro / Panama City

After a morning of activities at the lodge, transfer to the pier, in time to catch your flight returning to Panama City. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and picked up at the airport before transferring to the Canal Zone and overnighting at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.

DAY 9 Panama Canal - Rainforest Discovery Center - Soberania National Park

Wildlife: Toucans, sloths, monkeys.

Early this morning meet your Naturalist Guide at the hotel lobby and transfer to the marina where you will board an expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway, making contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot Green Iguana and Three-toed Sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock Bass, Snail Kite and Keel-billed Toucan among other wildlife.

Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal in 1914. With a surface of 423 square-kilometers, at the time of its creation was the largest man-made lake in the world. The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal Watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system. More than 52 million gallons of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another.

Your expedition boat will allow for close approximations to rainforest covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American spider monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin. Enjoy the extraordinary views of the Panama Canal and the natural surroundings. Boxed lunch on boat included. This is a shared tour (10 person max).

This afternoon meet your Naturalist Guide for a 10 minute ride to Soberania National Park’s world famous Pipeline Road, where Audubon Society held its world Christmas bird count record for 19 years straight, with 357 species of birds identified in a period of 24 hours. Your first stop will be at the Rainforest Discovery Center where you enjoy spectacular views of Soberania's vastness and canopy bird species from the 32 meters (100 feet) observation tower. Standing above the canopy, we witness the morning flight of Keel-billed Toucans, Red-lored Amazons and the silent and stealthy movement of Mantled Howler Monkeys. You continue to explore the network of trails surrounding the Discovery Center and enjoy the hummingbird feeders that provide up close and personal views of 10 species of hummingbirds!

During World War II a pipeline was built along the Panama Canal to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in the event the waterway was attacked. Fortunately, it was never used. The now abandoned gravel road built to maintain the pipeline provides excellent walking access to Soberania's 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. The park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds including the Black Hawk-eagle, Black-cheeked woodpecker, Black-breasted Puffbird, Broad-billed

Motmot, Blue Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Masked Tytira, Violaceous Trogon, Fasciated Antshrike, Shining honeycreeper, and a great array of North American migrants. Soberania is also home to 105 species of mammals including large felines, Tamandua, Two-toed and Three-toed Sloth, 4 species of monkeys, Agouti, and more, some of which are listed under CITES (endangered species) and 59 endemic plant species in 4 life zones.

After a full day of activities you are transferred to the Tocumen International airport in time for your flight home.

*Note: Flights to and from David, Chiriqui have a baggage check in allowance of 30kg free of charge, however, on flight to other destinations such as Bocas del Toro have a 14kg baggage check in allowance free of charge. Every kg after 30kg will have the cost of 2USD. We recommend clients flying to multiple destinations to only check in 30kg to avoid extra costs.


Panama Activities

At a Glance

We know you've chosen to travel with us for our wildlife emphasis, so we've included a wide variety of adventure activities designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

  • Wildlife Viewing in more than 4 National Parks & Exclusive Private Wildlife Preserves
  • Kayaking on the Panama Canal
  • Rainforest Hiking and Canopy Tour in Remote Chiriqui Cloudforest
  • Bocas del Toro Islands, Snorkeling & Beaches
  • Expert Local Naturalist Guides
  • Beautiful Rainforest Lodges & Beachfront Cabanas

Other Activities

Unparalleled Wildlife Viewing

The most value of any professional wildlife tour in Panama, including wildlife viewing in more than 4 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves. Visit the Panama Canal Zone, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Rainforest Discovery Center, Soberania National Park and Chiriqui Cloudforest.

Canopy Tour in Remote Soberania National Park

Enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing, including canopy bridges that allow you to explore the rainforest at canopy level for a birds-eye view of Lake Gatun and the park's astounding wildlife, which includes monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and more.

Spectacular Snorkeling and Beaches of Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Because Bocas is outside the hurricane belt, much of the reef has escaped the kind of damage the characterizes the Belize reef. Coral around Bocas - especially in the Bastimentos Marine Wildlife Sanctuary - is abundant, including a wide array of unusually colorful soft corals. In these days of global warming, it is nearly impossible to find such vibrant colonies of coral as are commonly found around Bocas. Enjoy snorkeling the barrier reefs of Bocas, including Zapatillas Cay, Coral Cay, and Old Point Beach, home to some of the most colorful coral - and abundant marine life - in all of Central America! Relax on pristine tropical beaches or by your beachfront cabana.

Option to Visit Salt Creek Ngoble Bugle Indigenous Village

Also in Boca del Toros, choose to canoe amongst the mangroves, a nursery for young tropical fish, followed by a hike with indigenous Ngoble Bugle guides into the island's wildlife-rich interior, searching for Night Monkeys and other rare wildlife. Sloth and monkeys are found on the island, and the electronic-sounding "bonk" of migrating bellbirds can often be heard throughout the entire island.


Panama Wildlife

Rare or Endagered Possible Sightings

Mammals: Jaguar & other cats, tapir, porcupine, silky anteater, grey fox, olingo, paca, grison
Reptiles, Insects & Amphibians: Fleishman's glass frogs (see-through), leatherback turtles, green turtles, Hercules beetles
Birds: Ornate hawk-eagle, harpy eagle, great green macaw, king vulture, white hawk, great potoo, scissor-tailed flycatcher, royal flycatcher, and many more.

Likely Sightings

Primates: Squirrel monkeys, night monkeys, Geoffrey's tamarin
Other Mammals: Tamandua (anteater), kinkajou, agouti, tayra, peccaries (collared & white-liped), dolphins
Reptiles & Insects: Red-eyed tree frogs, walking sticks, sea turtles, fer-de-lance, leaf-cutter ants
Birds: Resplendent quetzals, scarlet macaws, lovely cotingas, scarlet-thighed dacnis, green honeycreepers, roseate spoonbill, woodstorks, crested caracara, purple gallinule, northern jacanas, great curassow

Prolific Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Our "Ultimate Wildlife" eco-adventures are specially designed for maximum wildlife viewing. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours.

Our expert naturalist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness.

Primates: Howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys
Other mammals: Three-toed sloth, two-toed sloth, coatimundi, bats
Reptiles & Insects: Crocodiles, caimen, blue morpho butterflies, basilisk (Jesus Christ lizards), poison arrow frogs
Birds: 600 species including parrots, trogons, mot-mots, tanagers, Montezuma's oropendulas, hawks, squirrel cuckoos, owls, herons, kingfishers, 60 species of hummingbirds and much more.


Panama Guides

Ian Sanchez


Born and raised in Panama, Ian Sanchez has been a naturalist and adventure guide for 18 years. Ian has a degree in Geology from the University of South Florida, USA and he worked for 8 years as a naturalist park ranger in Grand Canyon, Canyonlands and Big Bend National Parks. He has been a part time naturalist guide at Panama's Smithsonian's Barro Colorado Scientific Research Station for six years. Ian leads trips covering Panamanian wildlife, history and rainforest ecology. In addition to wildlife viewing, Ian is an extraordinarily qualified guide whose area of expertise also includes adventure activities such as mountain biking, sea-kayaking, caving, rafting and whitewater kayaking.

Kenny Weeks


Kenny Weeks, a native Panamanian has been working in the eco-tourism industry for over 15 years with an emphasis on wildlife viewing, birdwatching and culture. The Panama Canal Zone is his second home town since he was raised in this area. He is bilingual and bicultural. The families, history, and operations of the canal, and rainforest has been a major part of Kenny's life during his childhood.

Growing up in a small town surrounded by the rainforest grew his passion for nature. Kenny is one of our top Panamanian naturalists due in no small part to his extraordinary passion. Hiking and wildlife observation is not only part of his job, but what you'll find him engaging in after hours as well!

Venicio Wilson

Birding Specialist

Venicio "Beny" Emmanuelle Wilson was born in Almirante, province of Bocas del Toro in Western Panama in a house surrounded by beautiful creeks and swamp forests. It was there that his father and grandfather inspired his interest in wildlife. Beny began his passion for birds at age 16 when he accidentally got a copy of "A Field Guide to the Birds of Panama". Two years later, along with other fellow biology students at the University of Panama, he created Grupo Ecologista Vida, a non profit group offering environmental education for school kids of the city of Colon. Besides wildlife viewing, birding and hiking, Beny is also is a connoisseur in frogs, especially the Dendrobatid poison frogs. He is also credentialed as a Certified Interpretive Guide from the National Association for Interpretation (USA).


Panama Departures

Panama-Ultimate Wildlife 9-Day EcoTour

Dec 18, 2021 - Dec 26, 2021 9-days $4,248
Dec 25, 2021 - Jan 02, 2022 9-days $4,248
Feb 18, 2022 - Feb 26, 2022 9-days $3,998
Apr 01, 2022 - Apr 09, 2022 9-days $3,998
Apr 22, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022 9-days $3,998
Jun 03, 2022 - Jun 11, 2022 9-days $3,998
Jul 15, 2022 - Jul 23, 2022 9-days $3,998
Dec 15, 2022 - Dec 23, 2022 9-days $4,248

*Pricing in blue reflects peak week/high season departure

**Pricing for the above scheduled group departure dates is subject to the  minimum number of travelers for scheduled departures, which is indicated in the “Pricing Details” link at the top of this page. Any departure — whether scheduled or private — with less than the minimum group size will still be guaranteed to depart, but at the private “go-on-your-own” rates that require a minimum of only 2 travelers. We will also extend the lower group rate even for private departures not listed above, as long as the minimum group size is met.


Panama FAQ

Panama Facts for Visitors

Climate/Best Time to Go:

Average year-round temperatures are a balmy 75°F to 85°F (24°C-29°C), varying only with altitude. Humidity is always high in Panama, and rainfall varies noticeably between the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country, with some areas in the Caribbean receiving almost twice the yearly rainfall of Panama City. The best time to visit Panama is during the summer dry season from mid-December to mid-April. This is also high season. Caribbean destinations such as Bocas del Toro have a shorter dry season, usually September/October and February/March, but really showers can occur on any given day.

Best time to go: late November through April


Panama is a Presidential Representative Democratic Republic, whereby the President of Panama is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

Since the end of Manuel Noriega's military dictatorship in 1989, Panama has successfully completed five peaceful transfers of power to opposing political factions. The political landscape is dominated by two major parties and many smaller parties, many of which are driven by individual leaders more than ideologies.


Panama's location on the Isthmus of Panama is strategic. By 2000, Panama controlled the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea to the North of the Pacific Ocean.

The dominant feature of Panama's geography is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The divide does not form part of the great mountain chains of North America, and only near the Colombian border are there highlands related to the Andean system of South America. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.

The mountain range of the divide is called the Cordillera de Talamanca near the Costa Rican border. Farther east it becomes the Serranía de Tabasará, and the portion of it closer to the lower saddle of the isthmus, where the Panama Canal is located, is often called the Sierra de Veraguas. As a whole, the range between Costa Rica and the canal is generally referred to by geographers as the Cordillera Central.


Approximately 28,640 square mile--about half the size of the state of Iowa.


Panama had an estimated population of 4,176,869 in 2018. The proportion of the population aged less than 15 in 2010 was 29 percent. 64.5 percent of the population was between 15 and 65, with 6.6 percent of the population 65 years or older.

More than half the population lives in the Panama City–Colón metropolitan corridor, which spans several cities. Panama's urban population exceeds 75 percent, making Panama's population the most urbanized in Central America.

In 2010 the population was 65 percent Mestizo (mixed white, Native American), 12.3 percent Native American, 9.2 percent Black or African descent, 6.8 percent mulatto, and 6.7 percent White.


Spanish is the official and dominant language. The Spanish spoken in Panama is known as Panamanian Spanish. About 93 percent of the population speak Spanish as their first language. Many citizens who hold jobs at international levels, or at business corporations, speak both English and Spanish. About 14 percent of Panamanians speak English; this number is expected to rise because Panama now requires English classes in its public schools.

Entry Requirements:

A passport (valid for at least 3 months past date of entry) and return ticket are required to enter Panama. No visas are required for citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Japan and many others.

Departure Tax:

Approximately US $35.00, typically included in cost of international flights.


The Panamanian currency is officially the balboa, fixed at a rate of 1:1 with the United States dollar since Panamanian independence in 1903. In practice, Panama is dollarized: U.S. dollars are legal tender and used for all paper currency, and whilst Panama has its own coinage, U.S. coins are widely used.


All telecommunications services (direct dial phones, fax, telex, cable) are available; but calls from Panama are much higher than an equivalent call to Panama. The country code for Panama is (507) Remote jungle lodges usually have short wave radio communications linked to cellular service.

Time Zone:

Panama is in the Eastern Standard Time zone, and does not utilize daylight saving time. There is very little seasonal variation between dawn and dusk due to the proximity to the equator, dawn is usually 6:00 am and dusk 6:00 pm.

Sales Taxes:

Panama has roughly 7% sales tax and there may be 15% service charge in many hotels and restaurants.


Tipping is voluntary; tips of 15% are acceptable; more if the service is exceptionally good. Some hotels and restaurants add a 15% service.


Tap water in Panama City is safe to drink, as is the water in most other parts of the country. However, you're better off buying bottled water or purifying your own water in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, the Darien Gap, and Guna Yala.

This Trip's Exclusive Wildlife Features:

Choose Your Panama Travel Style! Any of our wildlife adventures are also available as fully customizable private trips, honeymoons or family wildlife adventures.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Best Snorkeling in the Americas - Bocas is located completely outside the hurricane belt and off tourist radar. The reef is amongst the most pristine in the world with very low levels of bleaching or damage
  • Special Wildlife Activities - Hike with indigenous Ngoble Bugle guides to see rare night monkeys
  • Private Eco-Lodge Reserves - Burbayar and Finca Lerida offer astounding biodiversity and exclusive access to rare wildlife populations
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Best Snorkeling in the Americas - Bocas is located completely outside the hurricane belt and off tourist radar. The reef is amongst the most pristine in the world with very low levels of bleaching or damage
  • Special Wildlife Activities - Hike with indigenous Ngoble Bugle guides to see rare night monkeys
  • Private Eco-Lodge Reserves - Burbayar and Finca Lerida offer astounding biodiversity and exclusive access to rare wildlife populations

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