While enjoying the wilderness of Darién all around us, camp in comfort in custom-designed African safari-style tents with all the amenities we offer at our other ecolodges.
A walk with your knowledgeable guide will be thoroughly awe-inspiring and entertaining. From tiny, colorful poison dart frogs on the forest floor to Red-throated Caracaras in the canopy above, these forests are full of life. At the end of the day of exploring the region, settle into your tent and doze off to the calls of owls, potoos, nightjars and a symphony of frogs, bidding you good-night from the forests of Darién.
At Canopy Camp Darien, most of the birding is done at ground level. The camp itself is situated on a small plateau in this section of lowland rainforest, sculpted by slow-moving streams in the forest below. To get you up off the ground for better views, each tent is constructed on its own observation deck to provide an opportunity to get our eyes and scopes a little higher.
Each and every observation deck offers beautiful views of the surrounding forest, just as you step outside of your tent. From here, we can set up our scopes and enjoy our morning coffee and some of the best bird watching in Panama, or enjoy a cool drink in the afternoon among picturesque views of the forests of Darién.
Barred Puffbirds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, White-headed Wrens and many more make up a distinct dawn chorus like no other in Panama. Located in Central America’s most diverse and least-explored region, the Darién province of Panama is a birder’s paradise.
The province of Darién is revered for its incredible wildlife and blessed to have an immense expanse of protected rainforest in Darién National Park. It is one of the least visited and most valued areas for birding and wildlife watching in Central America.
It is literally the end of the highway in Panama – the Pan-American Highway, which extends from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, with only one small gap between Panama and Colombia – the Darien Gap. The protected Darién jungle provides a stronghold for the Great Green Macaw, Great Curassow and the majestic Harpy Eagle, Panama’s national bird, as well as other endangered wildlife including Colombian Spider Monkey, Baird’s Tapir and America’s most powerful cat, the Jaguar.
The Canopy Camp has eight African Safari-style tents – the perfect accommodation for sleeping in the jungle! Each tent is raised on its own sturdy platform above the ground, and has a private bathroom just a few steps away from the tent entrance. The tents are well-spaced and lush tropical plants and ensure privacy.
Standard Suite Tent
Each of our spacious standard suite tents at our Panama tent lodge occupies an area of 173 square feet and offer plenty of space to store your luggage, clothing and gear. Large windows on all sides with flaps allow natural light and breeze to enter the tent during the daylight hours. Each has two single beds or one queen bed, two tables, a floor fan and overhead light, and a solid plantation teak wood floor.
Deluxe Suite Tent
Our large, two-room deluxe tents offer a bit more space. Each has an area of 249 square feet, including an extra room for a small bed or extra gear. Plenty of windows offer natural light, and can be closed for privacy. Our deluxe tents have two single beds or one queen bed, two tables, a floor fan and overhead light, and a solid teak wood floor.
Canopy Camp Darien is located in the most remote province of Panama, and is a birder’s paradise; however, this doesn’t mean there is nothing to do if you are not too keen on birding. The surrounding forests are teeming with a large diversity of mammals, frogs, insects and plants, and other unique Panama attractions, providing endless opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.
Canopy Camp Darien offers endless options when it comes to photographing some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Panama. Set up your gear on our observation deck and wait for passing wildlife in the forest and river below, stake out the fruit and hummingbird feeders, or within minutes you can be set up in the forest understory to capture rainforest life. We will be happy to accommodate your needs as a photographer, including disguising feeders to offer the most natural set-ups possible.
Visit an Embera Village
Visit an authentic indigenous Embera village along the shores of the Chucunaque River. We can arrange a full-day tour offering the opportunity to explore and learn about the culture of the Darién, its people and their day-to-day life.
Spend a half-day or full-day exploring the farmlands and rural areas of the Darien by horseback! This specially arranged tour will give you the opportunity to view nature and the local environment from a different perspective, through a fun and enjoyable ride.
Fundación Pro Niños de Darién
Fundación Pro Niños de Darién is a non-profit organization which develops initiatives, programs, education and collaborations to improve the health of children and families in the Darién. A specially arranged visit to Fundacion Pro Niños de Darién will provide you the opportunity to support and aid in community development in the Darién.
The rainforest is one of the major tourist attractions in Panama. Canopy Camp Darién has a few trails into the lowland rainforest of the Darién with trailheads located directly at the camp which can be explored. The wide trails offer varying terrain and endless scenery to enjoy while you hike. Who knows what you will find – maybe a bird that will be the envy of the rest of the guests!