Panama herping tour map

Is this tour for you?

Join this tour if you want to photograph nearly 20% of Panama's 504 species of amphibians and reptiles in the least amount of time. In 12 nights, you will visit the main regions of the country and see close to a 100 species.

Tour details

Main tour (8 nights): $4,970. $530 in single room.

Extension (+4 nights): +$2,960.

Starting date: August 12, 2020.

Group size: 2–7 people.

StartPanama City
Nights 1–4Darién
Nights 5–6Valle de Antón
Nights 7–8Gamboa
Nights 9–12Bocas (extension)
EndPanama City

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How to reserve your spot?

1. Read our cancellation policy below.

2. Complete our contact form in the next step to let us know about your interests and so we can check availability and give you further information about the tour.

3. Review and approve the itinerary, invoice, and release of liability form we will send you.

4. Make payment to confirm your booking.

Cancellation policy If you are unable to attend the tour, you are welcome to send someone in your place, apply to another Tropical Herping event, or request a refund less a handling fee of 5% or $100, whichever is more. However, because we pre-pay all local services we can only accept credit or refund requests no less than 60 business days prior to the start of the event.

Important! Read the rules and recommendations

What to bring? Check out our suggested packing list.

What is included?

Package based on two people sharing a room.

All meals and accommodation.

All river and road transfers.

Guides and tour leaders.

Park entrance fees.

What is not included?

Additional nights due to flight cancellations.

Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks.

Health insurance.

International and domestic airfares.

Laundry.

Phone calls or messages.

Photo equipment.

Visa fees.

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Booking form

Experts on this tour

Jose Vieira

Jose Vieira
Biologist, photographer, tour leader

Abel Batista

Abel Batista
Biologist

Why join?

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We are field biologists. We know where to find the animals you are looking for.

Meet the team

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We are photographers and know how help you get the images you want.

See our portfolio

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Your visit funds our research to discover new species and understand their evolution.

See our publications

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Your visit saves 1 acre of rainforest in the Ecuadorian Chocó region.

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By protecting that acre, you keep 25 tonnes of CO2e from ending up in the atmosphere.

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Tour summary

After an overnight stay in Panama City and a four-hour drive, you will arrive at Darién, Panama's share of the extremely biodiverse Chocó rainforest. You will then visit Valle de Antón, a chilly montane forest near the Cerro Gaital National Park. During the last two nights, you will be in Gamboa, a rainforest area adjacent to the Panama Canal and the Soberanía National Park. If you join the tour extension, you will visit Bocas del Toro, a paradisiac Caribbean archipelago best known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and variety of poison frogs.

Agalychnis callidryas
Gonatodes albogularis
Bothriechis schlegelii
Porthidium lansbergii
Boana rufitela
Chironius flavopictus
Basiliscus basiliscus
Agalychnis callidryas
Dendrobates auratus
Anolis frenatus
Gonatodes albogularis
Thecadactylus rapicauda
Trachycephalus venulosus
Dipsas articulata
Loxopholis southi
Agalychnis callidryas
Lepidoblepharis sanctamartae
Anolis biporcatus
Corallus annulatus
Bolitoglossa schizodactyla
Dipsas temporalis
Boana rosenbergi
Smilisca sila
Corallus annulatus
Agalychnis callidryas
Anolis vittigerus
Basiliscus basiliscus

Frequently asked questions

Am I supposed to pay the tour price at once?

You can confirm your booking by making a 50% deposit and pay the remaining balance at least 60 days before departure.

Does the tour take place during the nights?

The tour includes both diurnal and nocturnal activities.

Can I make a reservation for this tour but on 2021?

Yes, you can confirm your booking now by making a 20% deposit and pay the remaining balance at least 60 days before departure.

How do I book my spot?

The first thing you need to do to reserve your spot in this tour is contact us using our booking form. Second, you will need to review and approve the itinerary, invoice, and release of liability we will send you. Finally, you will have to make a deposit to confirm your booking.

Can you get rubber boots for me?

We suggest you bring your own rubber boots as you should test whether they fit comfortably before arriving in Panama, where you will used them every night.

Is there a chance to arrange a private tour?

Yes, most of the tours we offer are private.

Is there any chance to rent a snake hook?

Yes, we can provide you with a snake hook that you can use during the tour.

Which domestic flights should I purchase?

You will receive specific instructions about which domestic flights to buy and how. This information is included in the detailed itinerary we will send you.

What herping gear do you recommend?

We recommend that you bring a durable waterproof headlamp, a rain poncho, and a DSLR camera, ideally one with a macro lens and off-camera flash.

What if there is no other participant willing to share a room?

If you are willing to share the room, you do not have to pay the single supplement fee, regardless of whether you end up sharing the room or not.

What kind of trouser is needed?

You can bring any durable but lightweight trousers that are easy to dry.

Which vaccination certificates do I need?

The three most important vaccines to get before visiting the tropics are against yellow fever, tetanus, and hepatitis. However, you do not need a vaccination certificate to access any reserve or national park during this tour.

Will the tour be cancelled if one or more participants are unable to join?

This tour will run with as few as two participants. If one of two participants makes a reservation and then cancels, it would affect the tour if no payment has been made to lodges, transports, and guides (which usually cannot be refunded).

Will you pick us up at the airport upon arrival?

The tour starts at Hotel Riande Aeropuerto. We will pick you up there, not at the airport. Therefore, we recommend you arrive in Panama City at least a day before the tour starts.

Will there be laundry service, electricity, and wifi at all sites?

Yes, there will be.