Bird and Hike the Cloud Forests of Western Panama

Bird, hike, and explore nature in the forests, fields and coffee plantations of Western Panama. Many long and short trails travel through this rugged country providing opportunities to find birds, monkeys, orchids, ferns, lichens, and many other wonders. The area abuts La Amistad International Park.

Extensive forests with patches of agriculture cover the Cordillera de Talamanca in western Panama. La Amistad International Park overlaps the border with Costa Rica. The mountains rise high into the sky with beautiful valleys and extensive vistas. Tropical forests with more than 600 species of trees, hundreds of flowers, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and lichens cover the landscape. Several hundred bird species use the area, three species of monkeys are permanent residents and numerous other mammals live here. The area is internationally recognized for its diversity of moths.

An extensive network of trails and biologic preserves provide access to this diversity. The species present vary with altitude and season.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Photography, Naturalist
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, Moderate, Strenuous
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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