REALM OF THE HARPY EAGLE

harpy

4 days / 3 nights

TOUR DESCRIPTION An exploration of the realm of the Harpy Eagle, the world’s most powerful bird of prey and Panama’s national bird. This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1512. Explore the Punta Patiño Reserve, stay overnight with the Embera Mogue community and hike to the nest of the Harpy Eagle! Contact us for more information on the current status of the Harpy Eagle! (currently active nest!!)

**NOTE THAT WE REQUIRE MINIMUM 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE CONFIRMATION & PAYMENT IN ORDER TO PROCESS THE NECESSARY PERMITS TO ENTER THE DARIEN PROVINCE**

PRICE US$995 per person + 7% tax (double occupancy) – minimum 4 passengers - Additional price for single occupancy: US$150 + 7% tax

INCLUDED Lodging, meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), all land and water transportation, services of an in-bound land operator for airline re-confirmations and tour operations, local guides' services and expenses, park and related entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED International airfare, Panama City hotel, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, gratuities and extras in hotels

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control. Please note that there is no cell phone reception or stores in most of the area you will be traveling to on this excursion.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Please note that baggage allowances considers 1 small suitcase / duffle bag plus a day pack / dry sack per person. Excess luggage cannot be taken on the tour bus and should be arranged in advance with your hotel. If you change hotels after returning from Patiño, we can assist you with additional transfers.

ITINERARY


Day 1 Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel

Early this morning you will be picked up by your Naturalist Guide at your hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic 4-5 hour ride from Panama City along the Pan-American highway, east, to Puerto Quimba, Darien. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests. In a small village along the way stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an arrange of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties. Late morning arrive to Puerto Quimba, embark a motorized boat and go on an approx. 1.5 hour boat ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve. After a short hike to the lodge you settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Lead by your Naturalist Guide you will hike into the forest in search of nature creatures and exquisite flora. You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to the wetlands in search of the Capybara, the world’s largest rodent and the northernmost range being Panama. You will also look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species.

Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)

Day 2 Punta Patiño Nature Reserve

After a hearty breakfast you will hike the Piedra Candela trail where your guide will describe the importance of this tropical dry forest. This type of forest is quickly vanishing due to deforestation. After lunch the afternoon is open to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the second floor veranda or take a siesta in one of the hammocks or at your cabin. Late this afternoon we board our boat for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro.

Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)

Day 3 The Harpy Eagle of the Mogue River

This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for the Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. In search of the recently discovered Harpy Eagle active nest you will go on a 14 km hike (roundtrip, mostly even terrain).  From a safe distance as not to disturb the chick or scare the mother you will have the opportunity to have one of the most unique encounters with nature. The Harpy Eagle, Panama’s National Bird and the most powerful bird of prey in the Americas is endangered. Controlled visits to the area are generating income to the nearby village, which in turns creates an interest for the protection of the birds and their habitat. You return to the village in the afternoon to mingle with the Embera people and learn about their customs and traditions. Tonight you will sleep in the guest “Tambo” (thatch roof stilted house). You may opt to sleep in hammocks or screened tents with mats (provided).

Night at MOGUE VILLAGE (BLD)

Day 4 Return to Panama City

You say goodbye to your new friends early this morning as you head back to Panama City via boat/land. On the way you will stop for lunch along the Panamerican Highway at a local restaurant and arrive back at your hotel late afternoon. (BL)

B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner) – meals included

DETAILS


TRIP CLASSIFICATION

  • Moderate-strenuous hiking 2-6 hours with rolling and slippery hills also nocturnal hikes
  • Sun exposure
  • Lodge is located on a hill so to get from the beach up to the lodge it´s a bit of a hike
  • Wet landings to get in and out of the boat
  • Accommodations are rustic, but comfortable; basic camping at Mogue Village

DEPARTURE DATES

Dates flexible. Based on availability. Minimum of 4 persons required


Departures 2017 (If you can only travel on other dates, please contact us)

  • Sep 18-21, 2017
  • Oct 16-19, 2017
  • Nov 13-16, 2017
  • Dec 21-24, 2017

Departures 2018 (If you can only travel on other dates please contact us)

  • Jan 8-11, 2018 
  • Feb 19-22, 2018
  • March 12-15, 2018
  • April 16-19, 2018
  • May 14-17, 2018
  • June 11-14, 2018
  • July 16-19, 2018
  • Aug 13-16, 2018
  • Sep 17-20, 2018
  • Oct 15-18, 2018
  • Nov 19-22, 2018
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019

INCLUDED

  • 2 night lodging at Punta Patiño Lodge
  • 1 night lodging (very basic camping) at Embera Mogue village
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • All land/water transportation on the tour
  • Park and related entrance fees
  • Bed sheets and shower towel
  • Local guides´ services and expense


NOT INCLUDED

  • Panama City hotel
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Toiletries
  • Gratuities and extras


WHAT TO BRING

  • Binoculars (preferably 7x35 or bigger, also available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
  • Camera with extra batteries & film
  • Flashlight with extra bulb & batteries
  • Swim wear
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun Protection (sunscreen, hat)
  • 1 Duffle bag / small suitcase
  • 1 day pack / dry sack (incl. zip lock bags for your valuables)
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight/quick dry cotton clothes
  • Sandals, sneakers / hiking boots
  • Rain gear, Windbreaker
  • Money in small denominations
  • Toiletries & personal medications


TIPPING


Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase

LODGING


PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE



Punta Patiño Nature Reserve is the largest private natural protected area in Central America and part of the Darien National Park complex of preserved lands. The Punta Patiño lodge is located atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South and surrounded by the natural splendour of the area. Its ten well appointed, rustic cabins are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. A dinning hall and a chapel dating back to the early 20th century are all part of the lodge’s facilities. Electricity is only available after sunset to sunrise (approximately from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)

Address: Gulf of San Miguel, Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, Darien Province, Panama
Website:www.anconexpeditions.com
Phone: +(507) 269-9415


REVIEWS


"Just wanted to say thank you especially to our guide Hernán for the tour this weekend. We had a wonderful experience in Darien, very well taken care of in a beautiful and remote part of the Darien coast, and amazing views of a nest of Harpy Eagle with male, female (bringing in food) and a young chick."

Charles Davies, USA


"My husband and I booked the trip Realm of the Harpy Eagle in February and we could not have been more happy with how the excursion was run. Our guide was extremely professional and his knowledge and ability to sight birds was exceptional. My husband and I are not accomplished birders, but our guide made sure that we had an opportunity to view every bird he called in or captured in his scope. In addition, he was very considerate of our well-being, was always cheerful, and has a good, idiomatic grasp of English, which was appreciated. The support staff at Punta Patiño and Mogue were very helpful. The accommodations were comfortable and the meals were delicious. Thanks to our guide, the local staff in Patiño and our cook. We also appreciated the hospitality of the Embera people at Mogue.


When we return to Panama, we will be certain to check out other tour offerings from Ancon. We feel privileged to have experienced the harpy eagle trip.

Celia Greenman & Michael Seal, USA

"I returned home yesterday and just wanted to let you know that we had
a wonderful time at Punta Patiño and Mogue River. Deibys was a great
guide, and kept everybody happy. We were also well taken care of by
Franklin, Janette and Alex and the folks at Mogue.
The food was very good - a bonus we certainly didn't expect.
And... we saw the eagle on his nest, Beautiful!
We are ready to start planning our next Panama trip!"

Hoverson Family, USA

“Ed and I are now back from vacation, and we want to thank you at Ancon Expeditions for providing one of the highlights of our trip. From the website to your helpful communication to all aspects of the expedition itself, we were impressed by the quality of service you offer. Rick Morales was friendly, informative, knolwedgeable, and sensitive in his work as our guide. When flight delays and other things were out of the control of Ancon Expeditions of Panama, you all made sure we were informed and that the best possible alternate plans could be arranged. Please pass on our praise to everyone there, and do not hesitate to use us as reference for your trips.”

Chris Craig & Ed Wheeless, USA

“Ancon Expeditions will take excellent care of you. The guides are bilingual, knowledgeable, and considerate. The Darien (Punta Patiño National Reserve) is a great introduction to this "wild neck of the woods." The lodge served fresh, delicious cuisine. Hiking and boating to see indigenous flora and fauna was astonishing. Spending time with the Embera Indians was a rare treat.”

Emily Grey, USA

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