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"On my final morning at Tranquilo Bay I decided, rather than getting muddy on the trails, I would spend some time on the Canopy Observation Tower up by the cabins. This tower was fashioned from obsolete cell phone towers, purchased in the US and shipped to the Bocas del Toro. It reaches well above the canopy, topping the tallest trees by many feet. The view is unique. I was hoping to be up there early enough for roosting parrots and White-faced Capuchin Monkeys. I got both."
Steve Ingraham, Lightshedder.com
The tower was designed to be extremely safe and user friendly, so that it may easily be enjoyed by bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The structure, designed to endure the toughest conditions, was constructed using a hot dip galvanized steel framework, treated southern pine lumber, stainless steel and brass hardware. Craftsman finishes such as smooth sanded wooden handrails, standard residential stair pattern and elevated guardrails, insure that everyone’s hands, feet and mind feel right at home.
The wildlife and views of the forest canopy from the tower are absolutely incredible, but the natural history lesson alone is worth the ascent. From Volcan Baru’s 11,400’ peak in the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountain range, down the slope of Western Panama to the coral reefs beneath the Caribbean’s surface, every life zone known to the tropics can be seen from this single vantage point above the forest’s canopy.
We built the tower to fulfill the needs of our birding and wildlife enthusiasts who desired access to the most exciting and vibrant part of the forest, the canopy. It is here where birds openly feed on fruits and seeds, monkeys forage in treetops, iguanas seek energy from the sun, sloths and constrictors search for their next meal. The biodiversity at Tranquilo Bay is incredible, but there is only so much that can be seen from the ground. The tower gives us a vantage point of the canopy that is just not possible from below.
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