Canopy Camp

Canopy Camp

Darien National Park, Panama


Tented Lodge / Safari Camp Tented Lodge / Safari Camp


The Darién Province in eastern Panama has long been regarded as one of the most diverse and species-rich regions in all of Central America playing host to both Central American birds as well as South American species at the northern limit of their range. Renowned for rare and endemics species, access to this area has been limited but now with a new road and the fantastic new Canopy Camp opened in 2013, birders can enjoy the avian specialties of this rich area in comfort.

After the opening of the Canopy Lodge in El Valle in 2005, Raúl was already thinking about another high-quality birding eco-lodge in Panama, to add to the family. The Canopy B&B was well into its renovations in Gamboa and set to open in late 2011. With a dream to expand the Canopy Family into the fabled Darién region, Raúl started searching for a good property in 2010. Month after month, Raúl and his team visited various lots, met with locals and explored the area, looking for a suitable location to set up an eco-lodge. In September 2011, they found a property perfect for the future Canopy Camp – within good road proximity for ease of access, and in the buffer zone of a protected area for optimal wildlife viewing. By good fortune, the teak plantation that Raúl started in 1990 was ready to be harvested, and much of the teak was used in the construction of the tent platforms and flooring, bathroom details, and main lodge at the Canopy Camp.

Why tents? Paul Zway, friend of the Canopy Family and owner of Exclusive Tents, visited Panama and offered Raúl a couple of tents; Paul provided good ideas and advice for establishing a tented eco-lodge, and Raúl’s ideas,

ingenuity and imagination flowed from there, creating what is now, Canopy Camp Darien.

The newly constructed Canopy Camp has seven luxury African safari-style tents. This includes two Tent Suites and five Standard tents. Inside, the tents have a wood floor and screened windows with zip openings so they can close partially or completely. All of the tents have adjacent but private bathroom facilities including shower, sink, and flush toilet. Both Tent Suites, one of which has a queen bed while the other has two twin beds, have more space than a standard tent.

The Camp’s central building has a dining room, kitchen, and library (with a charging station for batteries, laptops, cameras, etc.), and a terrace overlooking the forest. Energy is provided by solar panels plus propane in the kitchen.

Canopy Camp


Safari Tents


Private Facilities
24hr – Electricity
Hot & Cold Water
Laundry Service Available
Mobile Phone Coverage
Non Smoking

Naturalist / Guide

Resident Guide
Guide can be arranged
Guided Walks
Night Walks / Drives
Boat Trips
Near Migration Hotspot
Near National Park / Reserve
(less than 50km)
Butterfly Garden
Moth /Insect Night Light
Animal Feeders
Near Stream or River
Reference Books


Private Trails
Within accommodation grounds
or up to 1 mile away


Restaurant / Dining
Picnic / Lunch Boxes
Shop / Store

Species List - English

  1. Harpy Eagle 11-50km
  2. Dusky-backed Jacamar 11-50km
  3. Crested Eagle 2-10km
  4. Grey-cheeked Nunlet 1km
  5. Black Oropendola 1km
  6. Great Green Macaw 1km
  7. Spectacled Parrotlet 1km
  8. Spot-crowned Barbet 1km
  9. Northern Royal Flycatcher 1km
  10. Great Jacamar 11-50km

Species List - Scientific

  1. Harpia harpyja 11-50km
  2. Brachygalba salmoni 11-50km
  3. Morphnus guianensis 2-10km
  4. Nonnula frontalis 1km
  5. Psarocolius guatimozinus 1km
  6. Ara ambiguus 1km
  7. Forpus conspicillatus 1km
  8. Capito maculicoronatus 1km
  9. Onychorhynchus mexicanus 1km
  10. Jacamerops aureus 11-50km

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