On your arrival to Panama City, you will be met by an Inside Panama Tours representative and transferred to your Hotel in Panama City.Day 2: Transfer from Panama City into the Darien. Settle-in at La Marea Field Station (B,L,D). Day 3: Wildlife Observations around Village and Introduction to the Embera Culture. (B,L,D)
We will spend some time looking for wildlife around the deck of the Field Station. We are likely to find a great variety of birds including Macaws, soaring raptors, and even a few species only found in this region.
Afterwards, we will do an interpretive nature walk in the nearby rainforest to learn more about the plants and animals that call this tropical paradise home. We will make special mention of certain plants that have tradicional uses for construction, handicrafts, and even local medicines. Later in the afternoon, we will have the chance to meet with our hosts, who will give us some explanations about the Embera way of life.
Today we will spend most of the day hiking deeper into the primary rainforest. These are areas that have never been in habitat or cleared by humans and contain and amazing biodiversity. Here we are likely to find species that are not common in more disturbed areas, some of which are endangered with extinction like the Great Green Macaw.
One of the highlights of our visit into the Primary Forest, although not too common, would be the magnificent Harpy Eagle. The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is the national bird of the Republic of Panama, and standing three feet tall and up to a seven feet wingspan, it is the strongest bird of prey in the world!.
After farewells to our Embera hosts, and last minute souvenir shopping, we will pack our belongings for our departure. Again depending on the high tide, we will start our journey down the river.
Along the way we will keep our eyes open for "Mangrove" Black-hawk, Basilisk Lizards, Iguanas, crabs, kingfishers, herons, egrets, and much more.
We are scheduled to arrive in Panama City late in the evening & transfer to your Hotel.
Transfer to Int'l Airport.
Another option to get to La Marea is by flying to La Palma for about 1-hr, and then riding a motorized boat for just over an hour to get to the village. (Additional cost).