Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type ||Cost Per Person |
|Trip Cost, double occupancy ||$6,500 |
|Single Supplement ||$1,045 |
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement fee. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment ||Due Date ||Amount Per Person |
|Deposit ||Due now to reserve your space ||$500 |
|Second ||April 30, 2018 ||$1,000 |
|Final ||October 1, 2018 ||Remaining balance |
Payments will be due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
Temperatures vary greatly. The Pacific coast is often hot, while the cloud forests can be surprisingly cool. In March, the average daily temperature in the Panama Canal Zone is in the mid-80s°F (28°C), with highs up to low 90s°F (33°C); the evenings get down into the low 70s°F (22°C). Temperatures will be only slightly cooler in the cloud forests of the Anton Valley, averaging between 75 and 85°F (25 and 29°C) in March. Although March is considered the ‘dry’ season, rain can be encountered at any time of year.
Minimal fitness level required. You can expect to walk two to three miles per day at a slow pace, allowing time for observation and photography. Most walking is on relatively level ground or gradual slopes. Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make this trip challenging.
Airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama no later than March 16. Depart from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) anytime on March 30.
Why go to Panama in March?
March falls within the region’s dry season, increasing our chance for rain-free days. March also is good for migratory bird species.
I’m not an expert birder; will I enjoy Panama?
Birds are the main focus, so it is geared toward birders. That being said, you only need to enjoy bird watching to fully appreciate this tour. Our leader, Paco Madrigal, is very accommodating to both beginner and advanced birders. We do see mammals, reptiles, and beautiful plants and insects on this safari, too.
Will I be able to visit the Panama Canal?
Your guide will take you to see the Panama Canal during one of the days when you are staying at the Radisson Hotel near Panama City. This will not be an in-depth tour of the Canal, but you will learn about its history during your visit.
Is it safe to travel in Panama?
Panama is a relatively safe country. The two main safety issues in Panama are crime in some of the urban areas and narcotrafficking on the eastern border with Columbia. The Radisson Hotel where we stay is located about 30 minutes from downtown Panama City, surrounded by rain forest, and is located in a safe area. We will not be spending lots of time in the city overall. In addition, the tour does not travel to the Darien Region along the eastern border of the country. Our leader Paco Madrigal knows the regions we are visiting very well and we do not anticipate any problems with safety.