The Continental Divide runs through the Cordillera de Talamanca Mountain Range between Chiriquí Province and Bocas del Toro, showcasing different species of birds within familiar genera and families than the Highlands and Lowlands.Also called División, at an elevation of 1,200 meters, this area includes Lake Fortuna, a huge lake created by a hydroelectric dam in the middle of the mountains.
The area is not too steep, featuring expansive open areas, forests, and vistas of the Pacific Ocean when the weather is clear. Agriculture is uncommon, but does include small coffee plantations.
Species You Might See
Watchers can expect to see Manakiems, Euphonias, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Warblers, Thrushes, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, Trogons, Hawks, Eagles and more. Rarer sightings include the Screech Owl, Crested Eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, and the Chestnut-colored Woodpecker.
This is a 3/4 day guided trip that goes through lunch. If you would like to pack a picnic to eat in a lovely spot or stop at a local restaurant this, just let Jason know.
You are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear walking shoes. A rain jacket is also a good idea, as a combination of mist and rain called bajareque is Western Panamá’s most common weather event. Cameras, binoculars, bird guides and snacks are welcome. Jason will bring a scope.
Departure and Return Times
Trips to the Continental Divide require a 5:30 am departure time to accommodate the 1.5 hour drive to Boca del Toro Province from Boquete. You will return to Boquete between 1-2 pm.
- Transportation is provided to and from your location in Boquete.
- Groups from Caldera, David, Los Molinos, etc. are a small additional cost.
- Groups of 1-5 will ride in Jason’s Toyota Landcruiser.
- Groups of 6-8 will ride in a small van.
- A maximum of 8 is passengers is ideal for birding trips.
A morning of birding typically ranges depending on location and number in your party. Because birding trips are customized to meet the personal goals of the birder, such as finding a specific species or list of birds, contact Jason for a quote or to make a reservation.
Transportation, entrance fees to parks and other stops, and a bottle of water per person is included in the cost of the trip.
Making A Reservation
If you are already in Boquete and want to go birding in the next 24-48 hours, it’s best to call Jason directly for availability at 507.6718.6279.
If you are planning your trip and want to discuss details, inquire about cost or make a reservation for a later date, contact Jason via email.
Payment is made in cash on the day of the trip. Confirmation is available via email if desired. Unfortunately, Panamá is not yet equipped to use PayPal or provide credit card services for very small businesses, so guides work together with customers in good faith.
Please refer to Jason’s excellent 5-star rating and positive reviews on TripAdvisor for confirmation of his trustworthiness and experience.
Please provide Jason at least 72-hours notice in the event of a cancellation.