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#7 of 157 Speciality lodging in Panama City
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The Canopy Camp is located in the heart of Panama's remote eastern province, Darien. A birdwatcher's paradise, the Canopy Camp offers all-inclusive birding and wildlife observation tours and lodging in the most bio-diverse region of Central America. The Canopy Camp features comfortable African safari-style tents, private bathrooms, excellent meals and high-quality bilingual naturalist guides.
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mjabdy wrote a review Mar. 2020
Maryland93 contributions60 helpful votes
Our Canopy Camp guide – Eliecer Rodriguez – met our group at our Panama City Airport hotel. He also served as our driver. Our group comprised of 10 people and we fit in a van that can seat 12. Canopy supplied plenty of water (bring your own reusable water-bottle) and snacks. Our luggage was transported separately to Canopy Camp and was waiting in our tent upon arrival. As we drove south towards the Darien and Canopy Camp, we did some birding along the way, stopping at Lake Bayano. We had lunch en route – eating at Restaurante Avicar located on the Pan American Highway in Torti (also ate there on our way back to Panama City). I had read that the road to Canopy Camp was full of potholes – this was only partly the case and once we reached Darien Province, the road was in perfect condition. We visited in late February – this is their dry season. We stayed in Canopy Camp Tent #1 located about 100 yards up a very slight hill from the main lodge. Very private. While very subjective, it seemed that there was more wildlife outside the other tents that are located a little closer to the multiple feeders. The tent had a queen size bed, three small rectangular tables, oscillating fan, and rack and hangers to hang clothes. There was a central overhead light and headlamp on each side of the bed. The tent had three power outlets and two re-chargeable flashlights/torches provided. You need to exit the tent to get to the spacious bathroom, sink and shower area. Canopy Camp has a modern septic system and you can flush toilet paper – unlike many other ecolodges I’ve stayed at in Central America. There is a container of drinking water provided next to the sink. The hot water is based on a gas geyser and requires that you fully turn on the hot water first before turning on the cold water – initially the temperature fluctuated and water pressure varied (problem with all guest tents), but the problem was fixed, and for the majority of our stay the showers worked well. Meals are served in the main open area; they were varied and buffet style with one meat and one vegetarian option. Coffee, hot water, drinking water and non-alcoholic drinks (juices and soda) are available at any time. Alcohol was available and you use a log-book to record your drinks on the honor-system (can of beer was $2.00). We were also able to get laundry done – cost was $12 per bag. There are walking trails around camp, and while we never had time to walk the official trails, we did some excellent birding on the grounds. This included a short walk to a blind with views of a “vulture feeding station.” They also have set up with an insect-attracting sheet that attracts nighttime insects. On the topic of insects – we encountered very few (none in our tent) and I personally never applied any bug-spray and was never bitten. Others in our group did get an occasional bug bite and thus regularly used bug-spray. They do provide a sulpher powder to apply to your lower legs & shoes to help prevent chigger bites – again, not an issue for me Activities: we visited Canopy Camp for the bird-watching and were not disappointed. Over our five night stay we saw almost all our target species including both the Crested and Harpy Eagles and Dusky-backed Jacamar. We were there in the hot dry season and fortunately current access to both eagle nests were easier than other reports of nests at different locations. The Crested Eagle nest was an easy and short walk into the forest from a logging road; access to the Harpy Eagle nest required driving south to Yaviza, then a short-motorized canoe ride to a nearby farm where you hiked for about 45 minutes. The hike was moderately strenuous with an uneven track and some steep but relatively short hills – our entire group was drenched in sweat. Staying hydrated was important and in addition to your own water bottles, Canopy did bring along some additional drinks and snacks. In almost every case, when you birded on properties outside of camp you were accompanied by a local guide. It is a little unclear what the tipping protocol is for these local guides, since Canopy has paid them for their services but our group did tip them. We also were able to spend a little time at an Embera community village where you could browse and buy some very reasonably priced handmade souvenirs (it did not appear that bargaining was appropriate). Finally, there is a heavy law-enforcement presence in Darien and we regularly went through check-points during our stay. We felt safe the entire time and there were no security issues - the Canopy team took care of all the logistics (we sent copies of our passports ahead of time).
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Jonathan S, Resident Biologist/Communications at Canopy Camp
Responded Apr. 14, 2020
Thanks so much for your thorough review, we very much appreciate it and hope to see you again in Panama sometime!
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Tom W wrote a review Feb. 2020
Canton, New York2 contributions2 helpful votes
EBird states that any day you see a crested eagle deserves a gold star. So how do you rate a day with both a Harpy eagle and a dark morph crested eagle. Our guide Danilo Rodriguez (jr.) was truly excellent. He was attentive to the details that made everything run smoothly. Every day brought an exciting bird of the day, such as great views of a blue cotinga, or the third dwarf cuckoo ever recorded on eBird in the Darién. The cultural aspects of the trip also left a big impression as we saw an indigenous village reachable only by water and got a good understanding of life in this very rural and largely undeveloped area. The camp itself was comfortable and the staff friendly and accommodating. They are far usual retail sources of supply which affected food choices but usually the meals were of good quality.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Jonathan S, Resident Biologist/Communications at Canopy Camp
Responded Apr. 14, 2020
Thanks very much for your review, Tom, I'll be sure to pass your kind words on to Danilo. Hope to see you again in Panama sometime!
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sk20314 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Tampa, Florida66 contributions10 helpful votes
Went there by a direct booking through the Canopy Family. This is possible and economic as they have their own expert birding guides who know where the birds are. Among the many birds we saw we had 4 rare birds. The accomaditions are safari tent style with an adjacent full bathroom on each tent platform. sites are located away from each other and private. The staff and the food is excellent , served buffet style with 1 protein and vegan option on request. This was our second visit to the Canopy Family facilities we liked them all especially the Lodge which we visited in 2017. Birds!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: 4 and 5 are the closest but all have a nice location, all close to main area.
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Response from Rosannette M, Resident biologist/communications at Canopy Camp
Responded Feb. 24, 2020
Dear Steve. Thank you very much again for this second review, it is much appreciated. The Canopy Camp is for sure a magical place and we are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay. We hope you can visit us again sometime. There's always good birds to watch in Panama!
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BrynMawrBK wrote a review Dec. 2019
Bryn Mawr, PA669 contributions562 helpful votes
Canopy Camp is a fantastic place for birding in Panama. We stayed here for a week as part of an organized birding group and enjoyed it very much. The camp is a beautiful converted farm property situated a short drive off the recently paved main highway through the Darièn province, so it is much closer to civilization than we had anticipated. Its public areas consist of two roofed raised platforms, one for dining and the other a sitting area with couch, rockers, hammocks and small library. Both of these areas are open on all sides, allowing for fantastic viewing of the hummingbirds, monkeys, squirrels and other wildlife that live here. The accommodations are eight large canvas tents (some more secluded than others) on raised wooden decks, each with a bathroom shed located a few feet away on the same platform but not connected to the tent. These tents are comfortable and basic: I would not describe this as "glamping" as in the safari sense, just camping but with beds and a private bathroom close by. It rained every night of our stay, so nighttime bathroom visits required shoes, an umbrella, and a flashlight. Unfortunately, the hot water never worked properly in our open-air shower despite repair efforts by the staff, so showers consisted of a few seconds of hot water interspersed with longer periods of tepid or cold water. Luckily the weather was very warm so a tepid shower was not unbearable. The staff here are especially nice and the birding guides are superb. You could stick to just the trails located on the property and see an extensive variety of bird species with their assistance. Meals are served buffet-style; food is hearty and dinners are frequently some variation of chicken and rice, always quite tasty. Before-dinner drinks are do-it-yourself and charged separately on the honor system. The two related properties in the Canopy family, Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge, are completely different and also wonderful for birders. Together, they comprise an experience not to be missed.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from 21rosit, Residen Biologist/Communications at Canopy Camp
Responded Dec. 27, 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review, we are glad that you had a very memorable time with the Canopy Family and we are sorry for the hot water issue. We are already working on this for future visitors. Darien is for sure a magical place!! We hope to see you again in Panama!
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SimonALeicester wrote a review Nov. 2019
Leicester88 contributions78 helpful votes
We took this trip with the Canopy Company for six nights in a forested clearing just off the highway in Darien province. There are eight safari style tents well spaced out for privacy and all have balconies overlooking the forest. The maintained gardens have been planted for wildlife so you get to see birds, monkeys, and other mammals right from your tent. The tents have outdoor showers and toilets which are lovely. Our bathroom had a resident bat! Food is eaten communally on the decking of the central living area which includes a large seating area where there is a fridge stocked with cold beers and soft drinks. The food is cooked by local Panamanian staff and is pretty good and plentiful. The guiding is first class but there are three very early mornings involved. It is worth it for the exhilarating boat trips up and down nearby rivers and of course the birds seen. We saw over two hundred species in the week we were there. Highly recommended. We had tent number two which was one of the two larger tents there. It is the most private one but all are very well sited.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: All tents look good. #2 is the most private, #8 furthest away from the centre
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Response from 21rosit, Residen Biologist/Communications at Canopy Camp
Responded Nov. 6, 2019
Darien is for sure a magical place! Thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write these wonderful words. We hope you can visit us in Panama sometime again soon :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Canopy Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Canopy Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Canopy Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Canopy Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Canopy Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Canopy Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.