Parque Nacional Soberania

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Parque Nacional Soberania

What a gorgeous day!  Started with a bagel at New York Bagel, a wonderful hot spot here in el Cangrejo where I am staying, then off to Parque Nacional Soberania.  A quick 40 minutes outside of Panama City, the park was filled with beautiful jungle, 22,000 hectacres, 525 species of birds, 105 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians, and 79 species of reptiles (of which I only saw a very small portion).  If the sites were not enough, the sounds were INCREDIBLE!!!

The national park commission also built a 100ft tower in the preserve, which was spectacular!  I was a little dizzy going up, but made it safely.

Three coworkersand I hiked for 3 hours or so before returning back to the city.

I have some photos from Soberania, which does not include the one monkey I was lucky to spot.  Wow!  They are quite fast.  We were trying to determine whether it was a howling or spider monkey and we believe it was the former. 

Another beautful day in Panama.

P.S. In case you were wondering, my ATM card is still not working.  Fortunately, my Canadian colleague from IFRC was kind enough to lend me some "plata".

 

 

jonoa says:
I love the presence of birds, but make claims to be a bird watcher. My parents, on the other hand, are quite fond of birds. We grew up with bird feeders and birds as pets. My favorite recent (2 plus years ago) addition to my parents place was a bat house! Apparently this rids the insects that eat their garden?
Posted on: Mar 10, 2008
CopCar says:
No need to feel bad. Did you ever claim to be a bird watcher? If you care, you might try this web site for Hummingbirds of Panama--http://www.colibries.net/PANAMA.htm. According to this site, there are 32 species, there. Which is surprising to me since my Mexican bird book shows about 60 species for Mexico. (Guess that's about like my expecting Kansas to have as many hummingbirds as Texas?) I'll watch the video when I have access to high-speed internet. Video isn't so much on dial-up.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2008
jonoa says:
I feel terrible; I dont know the difference between the two! I just posted a video with the two hummingbirds, however.

The park did have several HARDCORE birdlovers passing through.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2008
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