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Birding in Altos del Maria


  • Altos del Maria is located 100km west of the Panama Canal, up in the mountains at an elevation between 400m and 1100m.

  • Beautiful living, surrounded with forests, mountains, rivers and nature trails with very pleasant temperatures.

  • Altos del Maria is a private area spread over 100s of acres, from the drier Pacific slope to the rain forest on the Caribbean slope.

  • Note: Altos del Maria is restricted to residents and their guests only.

Birding in the valley and mountains of

Altos del Maria

  • Birding in Altos del Maria is very pleasant due to its elevation; temperature at the upper areas is 22 to 26C and in the lower areas 24 to 30C.

  • Best time to visit is from December to September; from January to April is the dry season with basically no rain. October and November is very rainy and wet.

  • Above 800m along the Continental Divide and on the Pacific slope the area is mostly covered with lush tropical forest (as in the pictures below).

  • Below 800m the area is covered with dry forest and old pasture land.

Accommodations in Altos del Maria

  • Many types of accommodations are available to rent from large houses to small cottages.

  • Book early - there is a high demand during the months of December to April.

  • Inquiries about accommodation in great birding areas in Altos del Maria can be made by sending an email to:

The birds of Altos del Maria

Lance-tailed Manakin
Crowned Woodnymph
Black-crowned Antpitta
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Yellow-eared Toucanet
Rosy Thrush-Tanager
Band-tailed Barbthroat
Collared Aracari
Streak-chested Antpitta
Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer
Orange-bellied Trogon
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Purplish-backed Quail-Dove
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Sooty-faced Finch
Bran-colored Flycatcher
About the Author:

Alfred Raab has spent the last 10 years in Altos del Maria during the winter months. He has explored this place from the low to the high elevation areas in the search for birds. Over 300 species of birds have been documented in the Altos del Maria area.

Alfred also traveled to many areas in Panama and other countries in the world in search for birds.



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