There are nice trails behind the Casa de Campo.
You can go out alone but it is nice to have a guide.
The inn has some birding guides that will be available.
Some speak english better than others.
Take the tours offered at the Casa de Campo by bilingual birding guides.
You will see many beautiful birds.
The nests in the picture are those of the Chestnut-headed Oropendola.
We had arranged for a birding tour on our second morning there. Archie met us out in front at 7am. We had only walked down the road a short way when I spotted something that looked like a large brown ball, up in the tree. It was a three-toed sloth. I had never seen a sloth in the wild so I chose to stay there most of the morning to watch it. It really didn't do much since it moved very slow.
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The inn owner grows her own organic herbs and veggies.
After letting her know that I was a vegetarian. I always got a large plate of veggies for my dinner.
Hubby had the regular meals and said they were quite tasty.
If you are staying at the Casa de Campo Inn,you do not have to worry about transportation. They will pick you up in Panama City or at the airports.
You can also get a taxi that will drive you around the area.
Temps are hot so plan accordingly. Casual attire is fine.
Bring comfy walking shoes.
Wet season is from mid-April to mid-December so if you are coming in those months bring a rain poncho.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They do furnish some at the inn but it is always best to have your own.
Photo Equipment: Bring a big memory card or a lot of film. Also extra batteries is a must.
Miscellaneous: Use sunscreen
We read about an old radar tower that a local business man an avid birder was turning into a lodge.
I corresponded with Raul before we arrived in Panama. We made arrangements to meet so he could show us around.
It was about an hours drive during the early morning hours from Casa de Campo Inn to the Soberania National Park. Our taxi arrived at the inn at 4:30, we wanted to be at the park by 6:00.
When we arrived it was still dark and a bit eerie with the Howler Monkeys howling all around us.
Daylight soon came and so did Raul in his Rainfomobile. He took us to the tower and we had a great couple of hours of bird watching.
The lodge has been completed now and I hope to stay there some time.
Bird Watching tours in the Chagres National Park, Cerro Azul Area, and Cerre Jefe Forest Reserve are available at the Casa de Campo Inn.
Birding the trees provides looks at other creatures such as a three-toed sloth.
We were looking for birds the morning that I spotted a sloth. I didn't know what it was until the guide told me. It looked like a big ball of fur.
That discovery is still the highlight of my trip to Cerro Azul.