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"Honestly, I have never been anywhere as photographically engaging as Tranquilo Bay on Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago on the Caribbean side of northern Panama….There can not be many places in the world to equal the easy accessible tropical variety of Tranquilo Bay."
Steve Ingraham, Lightshedder.com
7 Day / Night Package within Western Panama
$1725 per person / double occupancy
7 days guided birding within the Western Caribbean Slope
Bird Tranquilo Bay Trails, Zapatilla Cayes, Synder Canal, Bird Island, Green Acres Chocolate Farm, mainland Punto Robalo to the Continental Divide and Bastimentos National Marine Park.
January - November Annually // Subject to Availability
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge is an all-inclusive regenerative resort in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We know that many parties struggle to find the right birding vacation and are concerned about what all-inclusive really means when they go to book their stay. We understand this challenge. Thus, we honor our guests’ stay by being clear about what is and isn’t included.
Our team curates your stay using your details. You spend your time disconnecting from the everyday, trying new things, seeing new birds, and relaxing with your party members.
No need to give up your creature comforts here. Hot showers, air-conditioning, a comfortable bed, and handcrafted meals made with fresh local ingredients welcome you at the end of your birding each day. Communal dining and private cabanas allow you to both share time with other guests and have your own private space.
We understand that selecting a birding destination is a tough decision. If you make the right choice, you experience a sustainable get-away with many bird species. Make the wrong selection, and you feel like you are lost in a crowd. Since 2005, guests have trusted us with their precious vacation time. We are passionate about observing birds and wildlife. We support individuals, families, and groups. Our expert birding guides use hiking, kayaking, our canopy tower and boats to explore the birds in Western Panama.
You want some space to move around during your birdwatching vacation. Many accommodations look like a great idea in pictures, but without much land, they may feel confining. Each of our cabanas is spacious, with plenty of room between you and your neighbors. Our nature preserve encompasses 200 plus forested acres of Panama’s Western Caribbean Coast and over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline. Our yard birdlist includes around 230 species.
Using Tranquilo Bay as your base camp positions you to see more than one half of the bird species in Panama. If you are into eco-adventures such as birding and wildlife watching, hiking, snorkeling the coral reef, kayaking, or forest ecology, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime. You may book your birdwatching vacation on an a la carte basis or select a package itinerary.
People are tethered to their habits and technology – so much so that they rarely turn off. At Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, your birding experience disconnects you from the everyday. We believe turning off both literally and figuratively is essential, thus no internet or television in our cabanas. We have wifi in the main building. After spending unplugged time with the birds, you return home renewed and personally connected.
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From your cabana, on the rainforests edge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, wake to the morning call of hundreds of Red-lored Parrots, the beautiful voice of flocks of Montezuma Oropendolas, and the mysterious sounds of the Green Ibis on the wing. Take coffee on your private elevated veranda as humming birds zip by, raptors hunt for their morning meal and brown pelicans share a few sardines with the magnificent frigates, just beyond the mangrove forest. Hundreds of trees, bushes, and flowering plants have been strategically blended throughout our living areas to attract a diverse variety of birds without the use of feeders.
Tranquilo Bay has listed over 230 species of birds on-sight and over 550 from our daily excursions to nearby bird-rich environments. Bocas del Toro, Panama is geologically gifted, creating extreme species diversity; there are an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and altitudinal zones only a short distance from the lodge. Our guides are passionate about observing wildlife, excellent at spotting as well as identification and frequently work with bird watching groups and individuals with birding specific itineraries.
Bird watching in Panama, an area roughly the size of South Carolina, includes over 1000 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada Combined. The Province of Bocas del Toro hosts two overlapping Endemic Bird Areas, (EBA 019) Central American Caribbean Slope and (EBA 020) Panama and Costa Rica Highlands. A Panama birding tour is not complete without visiting western Panama’s Caribbean slope, one of the most important areas for restricted range avifauna in the world.
Tranquilo Bay is located on 200 pristine acres, adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park, amongst the convergence of 3 distinct ecosystems. This creates an extremely diverse and unique wildlife observation site where flora and fauna overlap from separate worlds increasing diversity. In a week it is possible to identify over 100 species of birds without leaving the property. There are several elevated porches throughout the facility, creating an incredible eye-level view. While birding onsite you might also encounter white-faced capuchin monkeys, night monkeys, two and three toed sloths, iguanas, caiman, butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards, and within the canopy a collage of rain forest hardwood and fruit trees, lianas, mangroves, ferns, orchids and cycads.
In western Panama the Caribbean Slope of the Talamanca mountain range, Tranquilo Bay’s back yard, plunges some 11,000 feet from the high alpine forest of La Amistad National Park into the lowland rainforests bordering the Caribbean Sea, in a span of less than 40 miles. Within the areas we explore from our comfortable facility the altitude ranges from 7,000 feet to sea level in a zone where over 550 species of birds can be found. This extreme biodiversity and high level of endemic species is due to abrupt changes in altitudinal zones and extreme geographic features creating many distinct ecosystems, as well as, migratory corridors.
Tranquilo Bays latest eco-adventure soars 100’ above sea level; bringing you to the top of the forest canopy for a panoramic birds-eye view of three distinctly different ecosystems within Bastimentos National Marine Park. The bird watching, wildlife and photo opportunities from this incredible vantage point are truly sublime.
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