Cerro Punta is on the west side of Volcan Baru at an altitude of 1980m. Hiking for Volcan Baru and the National Park Amistad starts here. The trail of Quetzals is better accessed from Cerro Punta than from Boquete. The town has lovely views and a cool climate. It is less visited than Boquete. It is a very pleasant highland resort among coffee...more
Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama
Good for: Business
The beautiful flower gardens of this private residence cover an immense area and are so colourful and nicely manicured that you don't want to leave. They have planted all the endemic plants and flowers and are taking excellent care of them. As they are open to the public they are visited by big groups of locals coming in buses. There are wooden...more
If you're feeling brave and adventurous, this cantina in downtown David is quite good to beat the heat and recharge yourselves over a few drinks.Literally a few steps off the main square. AC full blast, tinted windows, multi TV's with sports channels on, football decor. Place is small, but quite clean. We went there a few times last month in fact....more
1 Calle Central, David, Panama, 0426-00037, PA
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
This was the first place we hit after checking in at Hotel Iris.Located on the second floor of the hotel, it has a separate street level entrance to the right of the hotel entrance. Prices were very reasonable. We had breakfast and dinner there a few times in our past visits. There you would find both westerners and locals enjoying drinks and...more
All you need is a bathing suit, sun creams and sometimes a mosquito repellent (usually needed during low tide) Medicines are hard to find on the spot. Bring the usual ones + an afterbite pen (just in case) The beach and its surrounding are just too beautiful to miss!!!Higly recommended: photo equipment to catch the stars reflection on the shore...more
SURF: Las Lajas Beach is ideal for beginners as its shore is rock-free and the currents are not too strong. During the summer (December-April) the waves are smaller than in winter time(May-November).KITESURF: the uncrowded shore and windy environment fits this sport well.HORSEBACK RIDING: it is possible to rent a horse from local farmers.FISHING:...more
For the fearless only: a walk through a canal cut into the mangoves' roots (into the water up to the waist). For safety reasons this tour can be done during low tide only and with a local as a guide (no specific organized tours available). Itinerary:Crossing a pasture land (with free young bulls and high grass), walking along the mangrove canal,...more
In search of the elusive Resplendent...
From Cerro Punta you can drive up a dirt road (4x4 recommended!) to the trailhead of the Senderos De Quetzals. We parked at the start of the dirt road and walked about a mile (steep) to the trailhead. You only have to walk a mile or two along the trail to come to the quetzal area. At the trailhead there is a ranger station that charges $3 per person to hike the trail. The trail goes all the way to Boquette but there are plenty of birds to see on the first couple of miles, and we returned to the ranger station and hiked back down toward Cerro Punta. We spent about 5 hours on this hike, but if you drive to the trailhead, you can do the part of the trail we did in a couple of hours.
We went birdwatching on this trail in early August 2005, and we were told that we were not likely to see a Quetzal. However, at about 9am, just as we past the sign announcing the quetzal area, a beautiful male quetzal flew into a tree just above us, and we were able to take some pictures and listen to its calls for several minutes. At times it has a gobble like a turkey!
As you can see in the picture, the quetzal we saw was dark blue on top, red on the bottom , with white under the tail, and a ruff on top of its head. This is somewhat different than the green back we expected, but experts told us it was definitely a male resplendent quetzal. The shorter tail than normal was explained as the result of nesting in narrow holes in trees where the tail gets worn off.
Good luck on your quetzal hunt!
Equipment: The trail altitude is up to 3200m (7000ft) so it is cool and rain is likely during the rainy season. Be prepared with rain gear. Hiking boots and long pants are useful since the trail can be muddy and overgrown. We only brought T shirts, and we wished we had something heavier to wear when we were not hiking.
For birding you need binoculars, a bird identification guide, and maybe a camera.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
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