"Canopy Tower lodge,
a converted radar tower rising out of the rain forest of the
50,000-acre Soberanía National
Park in Panama, and a mecca for bird enthusiasts."
New York Times, Mary Tannen, 2002
"This hotel is one
of the world's best examples of recycling. A former U.S. armed
forces radar tower, it is one of the most comfortable and rewarding
destinations in the world of ecotourism. The open windows are
ideal vantage points for the many nature photographers and writers
who visit the tower. ..We were told not to bother with an alarm
clock, but to be prepared to be awakened by the unnerving pre-dawn
calls of howler monkeys. We quickly learned to keep binoculars at
hand. Our first sighting of an exotic bird, a gorgeously iridescent
green honeycreeper, the first sighting of an exotic bird, came
through the open window of our oversized shower."
Hartford Courant, 2002
Tower provides a luxurious perch"
Denver Post, 2002
Tower - a wonder of the birding world."
Birdletter, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
"A former U.S.
radar tower outside Panama City has become one of Latin America's
most talked-about new places to stay...I'm no birder, but it is
pretty thrilling at the top of the Canopy Tower."
Travel & Leisure, Kimberly Brown
"One of the great
Chairman of the National Audubon society, Donal O'Brien
P A N A M A
Phone: 011 507 264-5720
Web Site: www.canopytower.com
A Day at the Canopy Tower
The day begins early in the Canopy Tower. Serious
birders and wildlife afficionados are awakened before sunrise by the
sounds of the great Panamanian rainforest. This is the best time to watch
wildlife: birds and mammals begin foraging for food, proclaiming
territory, and performing mating rituals as soon as the day begins. Early
risers are rewarded with freshly squeezed orange juice in the Dining Room
and coffee and crackers on the Observation Deck.
Full breakfast in the Dining Room. Keep your binoculars handy, a Blue
Cotinga or a Keel-billed Toucan may perch in the cecropia trees just
outside the window.
Meet in the Exhibit Hall in the Ground Floor for a guided nature hike
along Semaphore Hill Road and Old Plantation Trail.
We will be looking for mammals and birds. Please remember to bring insect
repellent and water bottles and wear hiking shoes.
Lunch and 'siesta time'.
Some thinkers consider hammocks and siesta as two of the most important
contributions of Latin America to western civilization, following the
writings of Borges and the poetry of Neruda, of course. Those unfamiliar
with hammocks are respectfully requested to read the warnings posted
Guests meet in the Exhibit Hall in the Ground Floor for the afternoon
nature walk along Semaphore Hill Road. Emphasis will be placed on flora.
We have identified 45 species of trees along this road and your guide will
point them out and explain their characteristics.
Return to the Tower for a little bit more "hammock practice", perhaps a
visit to the Ground Floor exhibit, and to watch the spectacular sunset
over the canopy from the observation deck.
Cocktails and appetizers
Dinner. While a dinner jacket would be too much for the rainforest, we
hope you will dress up a bit to match our excellent cuisine. Keep your
binoculars handy because a Jujuná, a Kinkajou or an Olingo might join us
Night ride in the Rainfomobile along Semaphore Hill Road to look for owls
and other night "critters". Star gazing on the Observation Deck -- come
and see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.