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Panthera2013 wrote a review Sep. 2022
London, United Kingdom99 contributions91 helpful votes
We booked to stay at the Canopy Tower as we wanted to do a specialised birding trip in Panama and see Mot Mots but we had no idea we would enter the incredible world of visionary and founder of the Canopy family- Raul Arias de Para. On the outskirts of Panama City in the Sobarania national park, Raul has turned a disused US tower into a spectacular place to see hundreds of species of birds while staying at an International level (quirky as well) eco-lodge. The humming birds around the garden, parrots on the tree tops, tamarin monkeys swinging around, howlers...... well, howling!! All of these wonderful creatures take you into a natural paradise to experience nirvana. Read up on the design and colour scheme of the tower on their website and you get a glimpse of the creative genius of Raul. The guides are extremely good at their jobs and clearly love it as most of them have grown up from their teens to young men with Raul, working in the Canopy family. They call birds out of a hat!! Okay not quite but nearly....... it is just mesmerising watching them call birds and know where to find each different species and identify all the 100's of birds you see. They are also friendly with a great manner and ability to keep you enthralled. The kitchen staff are superb at the produce they create out of a small and basic kitchen and are very friendly. Tatiana who manages the tower for Canopy family is great at her job, a friendly and welcoming face to meet when you get there and runs a highly organised and functional ship. As a quirky and unique place to visit, stay in and enjoy nature at, it is a place we highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Rick S wrote a review Feb. 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom90 contributions56 helpful votes
Set in the middle of the rainforest - you don't need an alarm clock as you are awakened by howler monkeys. Each day the guides will take you out to explore the local wildlife sites and the kitchen staff perform miracles from their galley type kitchen.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded Feb. 22, 2022
Hi Rick, thanks for your review! We hope to see you again in Panama sometime.
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Michael & Gail Lenney wrote a review Feb. 2022
Carnarvon, Australia89 contributions70 helpful votes
This is such a unique place. An old tower station from the US when building the Panama canal. The rooms are in the towering in a circle as you climb the stairs. We had the blue contingua room with a balcony. Every morning you can go on top and view 360. You are above everything. You can see the ships in the canal. The big city of Panama from a distance. The guides come up with you and show you the birds deep in the trees and all the different monkeys and sloths. Just a paradise above the jungle. The meals are amazingly delicious and different each day. The bird guides are so knowledgeable and know the calls and can spot them from afar. So many birds so little time. Perfect place to visit and see amazing colorful birds with enjoyable guides, a must do. 5 star all the way.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jonathan Slifkin, Marketing at Canopy Tower
Responded Feb. 20, 2022
Thanks so much for your reviews! We hope to see you again in Panama soon.
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Bridget M wrote a review Jan. 2022
Cotati, California7 contributions3 helpful votes
Raúl Arias de Para, founder of the Canopy family of eco-tourism, is a visionary. He saw a decrepit, rusty radar tower which had been abandoned by the US military and he imagined transforming it into a world class eco-lodge. Recently my husband and I spent 5 days at Canopy Tower on a December birding trip to Panama. The experience was magical. I know that’s an overused cliché, but in this case it absolutely fits. Every morning we woke at dawn and climbed to the observation deck to watch the sun rise over the rainforest. On any given day you are guaranteed to see something special from this perch – dozen of tropical birds, a mother sloth and babe, a troop of Tamarin monkeys, and in the far distance a glimpse of large freighters and container ships going through the Panama canal. Needless to say, their nature guides are consummate professionals and you can opt to join any of the twice daily group tours or ask the staff to organize something more tailored to your desires. Speaking of staff, well, they treat you like a family member and they are all involved in making this the best possible experience. Even the kitchen staff was excited to point out a special siting so that you would not overlook it. My only caveat about the tower is that if you have problems climbing steep stairs I would recommend you go to the Canopy Lodge instead.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded Jan. 15, 2022
Hi Bridget, thank you so much for your review of the Canopy Tower! We really appreciate your kind words and hope to have you back soon!
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mjneenan wrote a review Dec. 2021
Chicago, Illinois837 contributions234 helpful votes
I just returned from a seven night stay at Canopy Tower, with two nights spent also at Canopy Lodge, all as part of their Tamarin Tour (focus on mammals, as well as birds ... and a bit of Spanish colonial history and canal looks). This is a first class operation. Excellent communication, start to finish ... not fancy, but delicious food, three meals a day ... rooms that are certainly not fancy, but adequate (you're staying in an old US military radar station, so there were limitations on setting up the rooms) ... and superb guides. The best of all is that you can observe a wide variety of mammals and birds from the tower yourself, sunrise to sunset, so that if you decide to stay back for one of the walks with a guide - or it's raining too hard to comfortably go out - you can keep walking around nearly 360 degrees on the same floor as the dining area and look out the large windows, scanning for wildlife. Even better is the early morning time up on the observation deck, binoculars in hand, with a guide (and his spotting scope), looking for colorful birds, a nearby sleeping sloth, tamarins, howlers and western night monkeys in the evenings. Even when you have to look carefully for birds and don't see any immediately, being up on the observation deck is magical, just watching the clouds roll in and out over the nearby mountains as you listen to howlers call to each other, seeing a bit of the Panama (City) skyline - and watching container ships navigate part of the canal. ... I was there as a solo traveler. I am not a serious birder myself (as a former high school biology teacher, I am interested in all wildlife more or less equally), but found the many birders who flock to Canopy Tower to be a very intriguing mix of people to get to know: uniformly intelligent, well-traveled, passionate nature-lovers. I think that was the most surprisingly delightful aspect of being at CT for me. It is not the cheapest place to stay, but it attracts people on longer birding tours of 1-3 weeks and from my experience, these people make for some very memorable, wonderful conversations! ... Only a few cautionary words of advice: lots of stairs to climb to get to the several levels of the tower with no elevator (might be a problem for some people) ... and some of the rooms can be a bit noisy if you are underneath the kitchen/dining area (I wasn't/I was on two levels below the dining area where the single rooms are, where it's quieter). By the way, if you are a solo traveler, because CT has single rooms (yes, pretty small, but adequate), you don't have to pay one of those dreaded single supplement charges so many places charge for solo travelers. ... Canopy Tower is a magical place. Every single person I talked to while there loved it and many were making plans to return some day, if they weren't already on a second or third visit. I am already dreaming some day of returning and staying longer at Canopy Lodge and perhaps also spending time at Canopy Camp in the more remote Darien region of Panama.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded Dec. 15, 2021
Hi Mike, on behalf of everyone at the Canopy Family, thank you so much for your generous and thorough review! We look forward to having you back.
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kjbartol wrote a review Apr. 2021
Austin, Texas2 contributions3 helpful votes
Two friends and I spent 5 days at the Canopy Tower just before Easter. We had the place to ourselves and the experience could not have been better. Arrangements were made easily by email a couple weeks in advance. Like other facilities, the Canopy Tower has been close to empty during the pandemic. My friends and I decided to take the plunge because we had been vaccinated and the Canopy staff made things so easy. They upgraded our rooms, which were immaculately clean and comfortable, and each of us had a private bath. Lorenzo picked us up and delivered us back to the airport with no hassles. Igua was a fabulous guide and person and somehow tailored our trips and his commentary to our abilities: one great birder, one middling birder and one beginner.. The food was great. The price was right (about $1700 each plus airfare). The birds and wildlife were great. They also arranged for an onsite covid test the day before our return. An excellent trip. Hats off to the Canopy Family.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Responded Apr. 12, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review! We hope to see you again.
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nhraven wrote a review Aug. 2020
Campton, New Hampshire155 contributions94 helpful votes
Stayed for three nights. Loved the staff and the tours they provided. Plenty to see on the property and within walking distance as well. Food was very good. Rooms were adequate, not plush. Everything we needed. Would love to come back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Aug. 24, 2020
Thank you for your review! We very much hope to have you again sometime.
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Anneker wrote a review Mar. 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Canopy Tower is the most amazing place ever to imagine to enjoy nature, birds, mammals ... With the best guides you can imagine you will have an experience you'll never forget. Rooms are comfortable and the gourmet like food is incredible. As a photographer I was amazed about all the beautiful animals and nature I could photograph. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves nature!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Jonathan S, Resident Biologist/Communications at Canopy Tower
Responded Apr. 14, 2020
Thanks so much for your review. We appreciate your kind words and your recommendation, and hope to see you again sometime in Panama!
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bsweettours wrote a review Mar. 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States137 contributions53 helpful votes
For a birder, there is no other equivalent experience in Panama. Arising early, greeting the birds at the top of the tower while watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand is a delight. I especially appreciated the guides who are there to help guests locate and identify birds in the surrounding trees. The meals provided were delicious and well served, After only being able to book the first floor rooms with shared bathroom I was initially concerned. Since I was with 4 friends and only 2 others shared those bathrooms it worked better than expected. There are 2 negatives I would like to share. First, it is expensive. A first floor rooms was describe by my friend as a "broom closet", yet the cost is significant! Ala cart guide service is also expensive. Second, thirty seven stairs to coffee and breakfast (and other meals) is not for those with week knees.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Apr. 14, 2020
Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful review, we very much appreciate it and hope that we may see you again in Panama sometime!
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airedale1962 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Tacoma, Washington89 contributions51 helpful votes
There is only one Canopy Tower and it took a lot of imagination, ingenuity, and engineering to make it. Rooms are not luxurious but comfortable, showers are good. The view out the window into the forest canopy is great. Jorge is really hard-working, excellent guide that knows the area. the birds, mammals, reptiles, and most of the plants. Equally important he is enthusiastic about being a guide and helping you see and photograph them. The food is not fancy but very good, great fruit and salads. There is no elevator and there are a lot of steps to get to the rooms, dining area, and the roofs. Some of the off-site trails would be difficult for anyone with limited mobility but you can see a lot from the "Birdmobile."
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Feb. 24, 2020
Thank you very much for your kind review. We truly appreciate it and we are happy to know that you had a great time at the Canopy Tower. We hope you can visit us again in Panama soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Canopy Tower
Which popular attractions are close to Canopy Tower?
Nearby attractions include Soberania National Park (1.2 km), Centennial Bridge (5.3 km), and Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Canopy Tower?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Canopy Tower?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Canopy Tower?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Canopy Tower?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Los Lagartos, El Corotu, and Monkey Lobby Bar.
Does Canopy Tower have airport transportation?
Yes, Canopy Tower offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Canopy Tower?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Capilla San Jose (15.6 km).