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Panama's Butterflies

Tour Code: PAN05

An 9-day holiday to enjoy the rich diversity of butterflies in this Central American country.Staying at El Valle (Canopy Lodge) in the foothills of the western highlands and in Soberanía National Park (based at the world-famous Canopy Tower) in Central Panama.

9 days from £2695(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2095 SRS: £0


P class=MsoNormal>On this new 2-centre holiday we will explore Panama’s western highland cloudforests and central lowland rainforests in search of butterflies. Our tour begins in western Panama with a 4-night stay at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton. The lodge’s gardens are full of butterfly-friendly flowers, attracting a host of interesting species and there is a wonderful variety of Lepidoptera in the forest surrounding the lodge including Blue-and-orange Eighty-eight. For the second part of the tour we transfer to the central lowlands for a 3-night stay at the Canopy Tower in Soberanía National Park. This rainforest eco-lodge boasts a 50-foot observation deck providing the opportunity to view canopy species such as Broad-banded Swallowtail at eye level. Join our expert local guides as we explore this hospitable and wildlife-rich country in search of an exciting variety of butterflies and moths.

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  • Chance to see over 200 of Panama’s 1,000+ butterfly species
  • Green-celled Cattleheart, Brilliant Greenmark & Golden-headed Bolla, Canopy Lodge
  • Look for Banded Owl-butterflies & Blue-patched Eyed-metalmark, Cerro Gaital
  • Starry Cracker & Zebra Longwing among forest species
  • Pink-tipped Satyr & stunning Menelaus Morpho fly among moss-laden trees
  • Lotus Ruby-eye & Creon Skipper, mountain trails of Altos del Maria
  • Regal Hairstreak & White-tipped Cycadian, Soberanía National Park
  • Ilus Swallowtail, Sky-blue Hairstreak & Glorious Blue-skipper, Pipeline Road
  • Black light will be run at night to enjoy sphinx & silk moths
  • Led by expert naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price

Accommodation

The Canopy Tower is a converted former radar and look out tower. See full tour itinerary for detailed information on accommodation.

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 In flight, transfer to Canopy Lodge

Day 2 Las Minas and Las Mesa

Day 3 Cerro Gaital and El Valle

Day 4 Altos del Maria

Day 5 Transfer to Canopy Tower

Day 6 Pipeline Road

Day 7 Metropolitan NP and Old Gamboa Rd

Day 8 Canopy Tower, in flight

Day 9 Arrive UK

On this new 2-centre holiday we will explore Panama’s western highland cloudforests and central lowland rainforests in search of butterflies — we have a good chance of seeing over 200 of the country’s 1,000+ species. Our tour begins in western Panama with a 4-night stay at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton. The lodge’s gardens are full of butterfly-friendly flowers, attracting species such as Green-celled Cattleheart, Brilliant Greenmark and Golden-headed Bolla. There is a wonderful variety of Lepidoptera in the forest surrounding the lodge including Starry Cracker, Zebra Longwing and Blue-andorange Eighty-eight, whilst the lower slopes of nearby Cerro Gaital (1,066 metres) are home to Giant Forest and Banded Owl-butterflies, Blue-patched Eyed-metalmark and Blue-grey Satyr. The epiphyte and moss-laden trees here play host to the gorgeous Pink-tipped Satyr and stunning iridescent blue Menelaus Morpho (with a wingspan of 15 centimetres). Meanwhile, on the mountain trails of the Altos del Maria we may encounter White-patched Emesis, Lotus Ruby-eye and the impressive Creon Skipper.

For the second part of our tour we transfer to the central lowlands for a 3-night stay at the Canopy Tower in Soberanía National Park. This rainforest eco-lodge boasts a 50-foot observation deck which provides the opportunity to view canopy species at eye level. Possibilities include Broad-banded Swallowtail, the spectacular Regal Hairstreak and White-tipped Cycadian. On the nearby Pipeline Road (of legendary status amongst birdwatchers) which penetrates 17 kilometres into the rainforest, we will look for Ilus Swallowtail, Sky-blue Hairstreak and the stunning Glorious Blue-skipper, whilst the dry forest of the Metropolitan Natural Park in Panama City is also rewarding, with species such as Emerald-patched Cattleheart, Polydamas Swallowtail and Tropical Chequered Skipper all possible.

At both lodges a ‘black light’ will be run at night to attract some of the country’s numerous moths, including large and spectacular sphinx and silk moths. So please do join our expert local guides as we explore this hospitable and wildlife-rich country in search of an exciting variety of butterflies and moths.

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Fri 5th October 2018 - Sat 13th October 2018

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£2695

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