This is a private trip and is not open to the public, but if you are interested in this trip, or Panama as a destination, please contact us.

Explore Panama 2013

Reefs, Ruins and Rainforests

11-Day Natural History Trip from July 18 through July 28, 2013

Optional 5-Day Pre-Trip Extension to Bird the Mountains and Cloud Forests of Central Panama

Panama offers some of the best ecotourism possibilities in Central America. Despite being blessed with vast areas of protected forest, crystal clear Caribbean and Pacific waters dotted with emerald archipelagos, colorful indigenous cultures and the wonder of the Panama Canal, Panama is often bypassed by tourists – a fact that makes our journey even more appealing. Located at the southern end of Central America, Panama serves as a physical and biological land bridge between North and South America. This intermingling of wildlife from both continents, along with Panama’s wide variety of habitats, produces incredible biological diversity. For example, Panama – a country smaller than South Carolina – is home to about 950 species of birds, which is more than are found in all of North America! Viewing this diversity is the main objective of this trip and we will hike the rainforest, snorkel among the coral reefs, ply remote rivers and explore mangroves and mudflats in search of wildlife. We will also visit indigenous cultures, learn about Panama’s rich history and stroll through ancient Spanish ruins. Prior to the main trip we will offer an optional extension to the bird-rich mountains and cloud forests of Central Panama. EcoQuest Travel and Lynn Moseley are proud to invite you to journey with us to explore the reefs, ruins and rainforests of Panama.


Day 1 – Thursday, July 18: Raleigh to Miami to Panama City

For those of you that are not participating on the optional pre-trip extension, your expedition begins at Raleigh Durham International Airport no later than 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time. You will fly to Miami and change planes before departing for Panama City. After clearing customs, gathering your luggage and meeting up with your tour leaders and the rest of the group we will have lunch before visiting the ruins of Old Panama City. Old Panama City, or Panama Viejo, was burned and sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. The ruins are small but impressive, and the birding around the ruins is great. If enough time permits, we will check for birds along the extensive mudflats of Costa del Este before settling into our hotel rooms. We should have some down time this afternoon and we will overnight and have dinner at the Hotel Riande Continental. (L,D)

Day 2 – Friday, July 19: Panama City – Metropolitan Nature Park and Juan Diaz Mangroves

After breakfast we will travel to Metropolitan Nature Park, the only protected tropical rainforest in the world within the city limits of a major metropolitan area. The park covers 500 acres and is home to many species of birds such as Lance-tailed Manakin, White-necked Puffbird, Green Honeycreeper, Rosy Thrush-tanager and Yellow-backed Oriole. There are a few mammals as well including the Red-naped Tamarin, the smallest primate in Central America. After a full morning in the Park we will eat lunch before exploring the Juan Diaz mangroves where we hope to find Mangrove Black Hawk, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Mangrove Warbler and both Sapphire-throated and Scaly-breasted Hummingbirds. In the late afternoon we will depart for Burbayar Lodge for the next three nights. We should arrive in time for dinner and the sounds of a rainforest night should lull us to sleep tonight! (B,L,D)

Days 3 & 4 – Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21: Burbayar Lodge

We will have two full days to explore the area around Burbayar Lodge. Located high in the San Blas Mountains, Burbayar has a cooler climate and is a haven for birds, reptiles and amphibians. Burbayar is also located closer to the great rainforests of the Darien and as such contains many species not found in western Panama. We should see Stripe-throated Hermit, Garden Emerald, Mealy Parrot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan and Flame-rumped Tanager. With a little luck we could also see Sapayoa, Black-headed Antthrush and Streak-chested Antpitta. In addition to the splashes of color in the trees there should be flashes of color on the forest floor as poison-dart frogs and Ameiva lizards move about. The Lodge’s many trails will provide ample opportunities to observe wildlife. We will overnight each night at Burbayar and likely take night hikes in search of nocturnal birds, herps and mammals. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Monday, July 22: Travel to San Blas, Visit the Kuna Indians and on to Coral Lodge

Today we will travel from Burbayar Lodge to Carti on the Caribbean side of Panama. Carti and the nearby San Blas Islands are located in the autonomous territory of the Kuna Indians. We will stop at a Kuna Village this morning on our way to Coral Lodge. Despite the lure of modernism, the Kuna have clung to their traditional way of life. They live in a matriarchal society with the line of inheritance passing through the women of the tribe. The Kuna women are also known for their spectacularly colorful traditional dress which includes beaded arm and leg bands, gold nose rings, head scarves, blue sarongs and multicolored blouses called molas all worn in combination. The molas are works of art with layers of colorful cloth intricately sewn together to form a picture, pattern or combination of both. Molas are now made into a variety of handicrafts which we will be able to purchase while visiting the village. After our village visit we will depart by boat for the Coral Lodge – our accommodations for the next two nights. The Coral Lodge is located along a remote section of coastline and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and pristine rainforest. Our rooms will be truly unique with individual cabanas located on stilts above the crystal clear Caribbean. Despite our remote location, our overwater bungalows have all the creature comforts including air conditioning, tasteful rattan and teak furnishings, a sundeck and fully appointed bathrooms. The meals are fantastic and often focus on the local seafood. We should arrive at Coral Lodge with plenty of time to snorkel, kayak or just relax before dinner and a Caribbean sunset. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Tuesday, July 23: Coral Lodge – Snorkeling the Caribbean

This morning after breakfast we will begin a full day of exploring the area surrounding Coral Lodge. We will begin by boating out to a fringing reef called Baja Escribano for a morning of snorkeling. This area receives little visitation and this reef is particularly pristine supporting a huge diversity of marine life including corals, sponges, Spiny Lobsters, Reef Octopus and myriad of other invertebrates. Fish are abundant with several species of parrotfish, grunts, angelfish, butterflyfish and wrasses. Barracuda are common and it is not unusual to see Nurse Sharks, moray eels and a variety of rays. With luck we could even snorkel with some pelagic species like mantas or Bottlenose Dolphins. After spending the morning snorkeling we will return for lunch. In the afternoon we could explore the surrounding rainforest and mangroves in search of birds, poison dart frogs, and other wildlife. After a full day we will have dinner and watch another fiery sunset with the lilting rhythms of Caribbean music softly playing in the background. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Wednesday, July 24: Boat to Miramar, the Ruins of Portobelo & the Train

After breakfast we will boat from Coral Lodge to Miramar where our bus will be waiting for us. From there we will have a one hour ride to the town of Portobelo. Portobelo was the principal Caribbean port for the Spanish until the 18th century. Stolen Incan gold was shipped to Panama City and then taken overland to Portobelo to load galleons bound for Spain. This overland route, and the port itself, were under repeated attacks from pirates and Portobelo was destroyed in 1739 after an attack by the British. The Spanish abandoned Portobelo several years later and today it is famous for its remaining Spanish ruins. We will have a chance to explore the ruins and also do some bird watching in the area. The avifauna is slightly different here and we will look for Spot-crowned Barbet, Rufous-crested Coquette, Pied Puffbird and many others. This is also a great place to look for raptors and with luck we could spy a Black Hawk-Eagle. After our explorations in Portobelo we will drive to the colonial city of Colon. Once in Colon we will transfer to the railroad station for our late afternoon return to Panama City on the Trans-Isthmian train. After our unique and picturesque journey aboard the train we will transfer to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for dinner and overnight. Gamboa Rainforest Resort, our comfortable accommodations for the next two nights, is situated within the rainforest and the grounds are full of birds. We might even spy Capybara on the resort property! (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Thursday, July 25: Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks and Summit Gardens

Early this morning we will depart for our boat exploration of the Panama Canal and some of the islands within, and shoreline along, the Canal. We will stop at Dariencito, a former US military compound built during World War II that is being taken over by the jungle. It is a great area for wildlife and we should see Mantled Howler Monkeys, Keel-billed Toucans, and trogons, to name a few. We will continue across the Canal passing huge cargo ships that stand in contrast to the natural surroundings. Osprey fish for peacock bass and Snail Kites for apple snails as we make our way to a primate reserve located on one of the many islands in Lake Gatun. White-face Capuchins, Red-naped Tamarins and Central American Spider Monkeys should all be seen as they cavort in the trees. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on our cruise. After our boat trip we will travel back to the Panama Canal Zone to take a tour of the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel and if we are lucky we could see this marvel in action if a ship is moving through the locks when we visit. After our tour of the locks we will visit Summit Gardens. This zoo and botanical gardens is a great place to look for birds. It has fantastic exhibits, especially for Tapir, Jaguar and Harpy Eagle. Summit Gardens is also home to the Peregrine Fund’s research projects and we will learn about the research and release of Panama’s national bird – the Harpy Eagle. Harpy Eagles are one of the largest of the world’s eagles and certainly the most powerful. They are dependent upon vast tracts of undisturbed rainforest for their survival, and the forests of Panama are key to their future. After a full day we will head back to Gamboa for dinner and overnight at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Friday, July 26: Pipeline Road and the Canopy Tower

This morning we will hike along the famous Pipeline Road that winds through Soberania National Park. This road is one of the most renowned birding destinations in the world. With over 400 species of birds recorded, it is a place of remarkable diversity. Great Curassow, Barred Forest Falcon, Rufous Motmot, Cinnamon Woodpecker and Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo are among the many species found here. We may also encounter mammals like Tamandua (Lesser Anteater), Three-toed Sloth and Coatimundi along the road. After a full morning of exploring Pipeline Road we will transfer to our unique accommodations for the next two nights – the Canopy Tower. Originally constructed in 1965 as a radar instillation for the US Military, the tower was eventually abandoned by the US in 1995, sold to Panama in 1996 and between 1997 and 1999 was converted to a center for neotropical birding and ecotourism. We should arrive in time for lunch and have our first chance to witness the surrounding canopy from the top observation deck around the original geodesic dome. The history of the tower makes this an interesting place, but, because of its height and location, the opportunity to observe birds and mammals from above the treetops makes this an unparalleled experience. In the afternoon, we will bird our way down Semaphore Hill Road looking for Black-breasted Puffbird, Fasciated and Western Slaty Antshrikes, Black-throated Trogon, Bay-headed and White-shouldered Tanagers, Great Jacamar and both Broad-billed and Rufous Motmots. If we are lucky we could also spy a Great Tinamou or a Tiny Hawk. After our walk the Canopy Tower staff will pick us up and transport us back uphill to the Canopy Tower for dinner. After dinner we will take a night tour to look for nocturnal birds and mammals. We will be on the lookout for owls and potoos, Great False Vampire Bats, Western Owl Monkeys, Kinkajous, armadillos and perhaps even a Rothschild’s Porcupine! (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Saturday, July 27: Canopy Tower

Morning birding from Canopy Tower’s observation deck is justifiably famous and we will spend the morning searching for canopy specialists such as Green and Red-legged Honeycreepers, Scaled Pigeon, Red-lored and Blue-headed Parrots, Green Shrike-Vireo, Blue Cotinga, Keel-billed Toucan and Collared Aracari. Mantled Howler Monkeys and both Two-toed and Three-toed Sloths are often seen in the treetops as well. In the afternoon we will travel a short distance from the lodge to the Plantation Trail. This is an easy trail that follows a winding creek and contains many forest interior species like Black-crested Jay, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Crimson-crested and Black-cheeked Woodpeckers, Song Wren, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, and both Red-capped and Blue-crowned Manakins.  This trail is also a great place to find army ant swarms and the specialized birds that follow them like Ocellated, Bicolored, Chestnut-backed and Spotted Antbirds. After a full day we will return to the Canopy Tower for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Sunday, July 28: Departure for Miami and Home

We should have another early morning to bird the observation platform before breakfast.  After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight from Panama City to Miami. Once in Miami we will clear immigration and customs before transferring to our flights home. (B)

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.

Extension: Birding the Mountains and Cloud Forests of Central Panama, July 13 – 17, 2013

Day 1 – Sunday, July 13: Raleigh to Miami to Panama City and on to the Canopy Lodge

Our expedition begins at Raleigh-Durham International Airport no later than 2 hours prior to our scheduled departure time. We will fly to Miami and change planes before departing for Panama City. After clearing customs and gathering our luggage we will embark on our two-hour drive to the Canopy Lodge. The Canopy Lodge is operated by the same people who own the Canopy Tower and will serve as our base while we explore and bird the mountains of El Valle de Anton. The lodge itself is nestled into the cloud forests of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument and at 2400 feet it will be noticeably cooler than what we will experience in the Canal Zone. After our arrival we will have an orientation session, settle into our rooms and have lunch. The afternoon will be spent birding the lodge grounds and feeders. The hummingbird feeders regularly attract Rufous-tailed, Snowy-bellied and Violet-headed Hummingbirds; and Garden Emeralds. The fruit feeders attract Thick-billed Euphonia, Ruddy Ground-Doves, Clay-colored Robins, Rufous Motmots and a wide variety of Tanagers including Blue-gray, Crimson-backed, White-lined, Lemon-rumped, Dusky-faced and Plain-colored. The gardens and forest edge supports Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers, Chestnut-headed Oropendolas, Streaked and Buff-throated Saltators, Red-crowned and Lineated Woodpeckers, Red-legged Honeycreepers, Barred Antshrikes and Social Flycatchers. (L,D)

Day 2 – Monday, July 14: Las Minas Trail and Cara Iguana

This morning, after an early breakfast, we will head to Las Minas. The Las Minas road follows a ridge line with sweeping views of the surrounding forests, mountains, grasslands and small farms. On a clear day near the summit both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans may be seen! This is a fantastic area for birds and we will be searching for some of this area’s specialties including the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker as well as Black Guan, Gray-headed Kite, Barred Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Orange-bellied Trogon, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, White-tipped Sicklebill, Green Thorntail, Spotted Woodcreeper, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant and both Black-and-yellow and Emerald Tanagers. Some of the other possible species include Bat Falcon, Black-throated Trogon, Red-capped and White-ruffed Manakins, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Tawny-capped Euphonia and our best chance of Black-headed Antthrush. After a full morning we will return to the Canopy Lodge for lunch and a bit of down time. In the afternoon we will hike the Cara Iguana Trail. The Cara Iguana Trail cuts through some excellent dry Pacific forest which provides a very rich habitat for birds. Some of the specialty birds include Tody and Whooping Motmots, Lesser Elaenia, Panama Flycatcher, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Lance-tailed Manakin and Rosy Thrush-Tanager. Some of the other species we hope to discover are Little Tinamou, Striped Cuckoo, Tropical Screech-Owl, Common Potoo, White-vented Plumeleteer, White-bellied Antbird and White-winged Becard. We will return to the Canopy Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Tuesday, July 15: El Chiru, Santa Clara Beach and Juan Hombron Rice Fields

Today we will spend a full day searching for birds amid the dry tropical forests of the Pacific Slope. Some of the rarer birds we hope to find are Crested Bobwhite Quail, Aplomado Falcon, Brown-throated Parakeet and Blue Ground-Dove. We will stop at a traditional Common Potoo roosting site and also look for Yellow-headed Caracara, Gray and Short-tailed Hawks, White-tailed Kite, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Red-breasted Blackbird and Crested Oropendola. We will make a special effort to find two hummingbirds today, the endemic Veraguan Mango and, at our picnic lunch site, the Sapphire-throated Hummingbird. Our break for lunch will be at Santa Clara beach where we should have time for a swim in the warm waters of the Pacific before searching for shorebirds and seabirds including Western Sandpipers, Blue-footed Boobies and both Sandwich and Royal Terns. After lunch we will travel to the rice fields of Juan Hombron in hopes of seeing Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Savanna Hawk, Pearl Kite, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet and Northern Scrub Flycatcher. After a full day we will return to Canopy Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Wednesday, July 16: Altos del Maria

We will depart early today for the high mountains and extensive cloud forests of Altos del Maria. These forests contain an exciting array of highland forest birds including the rarely seen Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-crowned Antpitta and Brown-billed Scythebill. While searching for the rarities we could spy White Hawk, Barred Forest-Falcon, Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Russet Antshrike, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Ochraceous Wren, Pale-vented Thrush and Slate-colored Grosbeak. The hummingbird diversity in this area is high, with many sought-after species like the Band-tailed Barbthroat, White-tailed Emerald, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Purple-throated Mountain-Gem and the spectacular Snowcap. We will have a picnic lunch in the field today and then drop down into a valley before climbing the next ridge. This ridge is blanketed in mature cloud forest and we will continue to search for more high altitude forest birds along the trails and roadside. In the mid-afternoon we will visit the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center on our way back to the Canopy Lodge. Many of Panama’s spectacular frogs are endangered and declining. As a result, this center was set up as a captive breeding facility to guard against extinction and with hopes for eventual release back into the wild. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Thursday, July 17: Cerro Gaital and La Mesa Road

This morning we will explore the steep forested mountain of Cerro Gaital. This mountain protects a large swathe of cloud forest that can be seen from the lodge. Some of the birds we hope to find include Blue-throated Toucanet, Slaty Antwren, Plain Antvireo, Rufous-capped Warbler, Common Bush-Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Thrush-like Schiffornis, Blue Seedeater, Black-faced Grosbeak and Tawny-capped Euphonia. Some of the hummingbirds we could find are White-tailed Emerald, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant and Violet-crowned Woodnymph. This forest is also home to the rare Scaled Antpitta and the near mythical Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo. We will return to Canopy Lodge for lunch and will have a chance to rest during the midday. Later in the afternoon we will bird La Mesa Road. This road passes through good secondary forest, scrubby pastures and grassy borders all of which contribute to an abundance of birds. We will look for Spot-crowned Barbet, White-tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-crested Coquette, Black-throated Mango, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Cinnamon Becard, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis and Golden-hooded, Bay-headed and Tawny-crested Tanagers. This road is located close to the lodge and after a full afternoon we will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner we will pack up and prepare for our departure. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Friday, July 18: Departure for Panama City and on to the Main Trip

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport to meet the rest of our group arriving for the main trip. After picking them up we will have lunch before visiting the ruins of Old Panama City. Old Panama City, or Panama Viejo, was burned and sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. The ruins are small but impressive, and the birding around the ruins is great. If enough time permits, we will check for birds along the extensive mudflats of Costa del Este before settling into our hotel rooms. We should have some down time this afternoon and we will overnight and have dinner at the Hotel Riande Continental. (B,L,D)

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.

Cost:

$4,614.00/person all-inclusive tour package

The cost for the optional pre-trip extension is: $1,262.00

Airline Ticketing:

International airline tickets are not included in the above costs. EcoQuest Travel is a full service tour operator and we will gladly assist you with your flights for this tour. We do not charge a service fee for this assistance to clients who book a tour with us. We are aware, however, that clients often prefer to use frequent flyer miles, or points, to purchase tickets or to shop online. Regardless of which method you choose EcoQuest Travel will be happy to help you with ticket prices, scheduling and ticket purchase. If you decide to obtain airline tickets on your own please make sure to check with EcoQuest Travel prior to purchasing your ticket to make sure the flights you have chosen will work with the tour itinerary and that the tour has sufficient participation to operate. Please be aware that once purchased, most airline tickets are non-refundable and carry a financial penalty for any changes. Also, it is essential that we receive a copy of your flight itinerary so that we may track you in case of missed connections, flight delays or other mishaps that might impact your arrival.

What’s Included:

  • All ground, boat and train transportation within Panama
  • All accommodations – based upon double occupancy (single supplement is available for part of the trip at an additional cost – please note that single supplement will not be available at Burbayar Lodge and Coral Lodge due to accommodation constraints)
  • All tours within the scheduled itinerary
  • Meals are included throughout the trip (see itinerary for details)
  • Permits, entrance fees and guides
  • The leadership services of EcoQuest Travel professionals

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to Panama City – please see the Airline Ticketing information above
  • Gifts and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (for Panamanian guides)
  • Fees associated with obtaining a passport
  • Travel insurance (please see the Travel Insurance Section below)
  • Costs associated with pre-trip medical planning (such as vaccines)

Travel Documents:

A passport valid for at least 6 months after our arrival is required for travel in Panama. No visa is required for US citizens.

Group Size:

The trip cost is based on 9 participants, and because of accommodation constraints, this trip will also be limited to those 9 people. This trip is likely to be popular and due to the limited spaces available we encourage you to sign up early.

Health Requirements:

The Panamanian Government does not require any vaccinations; however, there are several vaccines that would be prudent to consider prior to traveling to Central America.

These include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever. One should also check to make sure that vaccines against Tetanus/Diphtheria and Polio are up to date. Malaria is present in Panama and anti-malarial medications should be considered mandatory for this trip. Information on travel- related diseases and vaccines to prevent them can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website at: www.cdc.gov/travel

We highly recommend discussing all medical issues related to travel with your doctor well in advance of the proposed travel date.

Payments and Reservations:

A deposit of $1,000.00 per person is required along with your reservation form in order to reserve space on the trip. This deposit is due by December 14, 2012 and we encourage you to send the deposit well in advance of this date, as paying the deposit is the only way to secure your spot. Personal checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted. If paying by personal check it should be made payable to EcoQuest Travel, Inc. and on the memo line please indicate: For Panama Trip 2013. If paying by credit card you can include your credit card number and expiration date on your reservation form. This form is available on our website: www.ecoquesttravel.net and can be filled out online and submitted via email, or downloaded and mailed. Alternatively, you can phone your credit card information in to EcoQuest Travel at: (919) 963-3038. EcoQuest Travel accepts Visa, MasterCard and most bank debit cards.

The remaining balance will be invoiced in two payments:

If you are participating in the main trip only:

  • A payment of at least $1,807.00 is required no later than February 5, 2013
  • The remainder of the trip expense ($1,807.00) will be due on, or before, May 3, 2013

If you are also participating on the pre-trip extension to the Cloud Forests:

  • A payment of at least $2,438.00 is required no later than February 5, 2103
  • The remainder of the trip expense ($2,438.00) will be due on, or before, May 3, 2013

Cancellation:

The initial deposit, as well as subsequent payments, will be used to pay deposits for accommodations, travel arrangements, etc. in Panama. Therefore, if you must withdraw from the trip, irrespective of reason, a refund will not be possible. We strongly suggest that you protect yourself with the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. We will try to retain a wait list for this trip and it is possible that if you end up not being able to participate we will attempt to find a replacement for you; however, it is your responsibility to find a replacement or to have insurance.

  • Please note that in the event EcoQuest Travel, Inc. does not have enough participants for this trip a refund of the initial deposit of $1,000.00, and any subsequent payments, will be issued.

Travel Insurance

EcoQuest Travel, Inc. partners with Allianz Global Assistance (formerly – Access America) to provide the best possible travel insurance for our clients.  They offer trip cancellation and worldwide emergency services (such as emergency evacuation and emergency medical services) as well as a host of other benefits.  You can find more information on EcoQuest Travel’s website (www.ecoquesttravel.net) including how to get quotes and sign up. You do not have to use Allianz Global Assistance and may choose to use another company. In either case, EcoQuest Travel, Inc. strongly suggests the purchase of trip cancellation/medical insurance. If you do decide to purchase travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance please give them the following EcoQuest Travel vendor (or ACCAM) number: F031120. This number identifies that you are working with an Allianz Global Assistance partner.

Note:  Pre-existing conditions will be waived by Allianz Global Assistance if you purchase travel insurance within 14 calendar days of your initial trip deposit.  For more information please see our website. To locate the travel insurance section of our website look on the destination page in the “click to go to” section on the right hand side of the screen under “purchase insurance”.

General Information

Upon receiving your deposit and reservation form you will be sent an information packet containing flight information, baggage requirements, hints on what to bring and other useful information. The climate will likely be quite hot and humid throughout the trip with rain possible. You will want to bring a camera, film and binoculars. Again, a more exhaustive list will be provided after you are registered for the trip.

Trip Leaders:

David Davenport: Zoologist and President – EcoQuest Travel

Lynn Moseley: Professor of Biology – Guilford College

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