Wildlife of Panama Photo Safari

Sunday, 19 September 2021 4:00 PM - Saturday, 25 September 2021 6:00 AM CDT

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Wildlife of Panama (Single Photographer) Partial Approval - $3,999.00

Photo safari Sept. 19-25 with Jason Odell

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Wildlife of Panama Photo Safari (Double occupancy) Partial Approval - $3,199.00

Ticket for two photographers sharing a room. Photo Safari Sept. 19-25 with Jason Odell. You must purchase two tickets together for this option.

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Sunday, 19 September 2021 4:00 PM - Saturday, 25 September 2021 6:00 AM CDT

Photograph the Wildlife of the Panamanian Rainforest 

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Discover the biodiversity of Central America as we photograph the wildlife of western Panama. On this unique photo safari, you'll photograph rainforest birds, mammals, insects and more. Observe colorful birds from a 65' high observation tower, tour the rainforest with experienced naturalist guides, and enjoy home-cooked meals at our airconditioned eco lodge retreat.

When: September 19-25, 2021 from Panama City, Panama
Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced
You are expected to have a working knowledge of exposure and how to set up your camera's exposure and autofocus settings.
Maximum Group Size: 8 Photographers*

Topics include

  • Wildlife Photography
  • Macro & close-up photography with flash

Panama Rainforest Photo Gallery


Day 1: Arrive in Panama City, where you will be transferred to our group hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you are free to explore Panama City on your own. We will meet for orientation and a group dinner at 5pm.

Day 2: Air transfer to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. We will be met by our guides and taken to Tranquilo Bay resort by boat. After we check in at our lodge, we'll take nature walks into the rainforest to photograph birds and other wildlife.

Day 3-5: Wildlife photography sessions at Tranquilo Bay. Photograph birds, sloths, amphibians and insects. Macro/flash photography of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

We will travel by boat to the Schneider canal, where we will see kingfishers, tanagers, herons, and other shorebirds. This tour is only available to workshop participants.

Day 6: Return to Panama City by air and transfer to our group hotel near Tocumen International Airport

Day 7: Depart for home

Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge


Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge is strategically located in the epicenter of national parks and protected reserves. The well-appointed lodge and its amenities, reside on 200-forested acres covering three distinct ecosystems, adjacent to Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, within the La Amistad UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  The main lodge’s veranda, private cabanas and canopy observation tower provide elevated decks for a birds-eye view of the extraordinary wildlife found here. Several kilometers of hiking trails, in addition to the lodge’s grounds, often provide encounters with Two and Three-toed sloths, White-faced Capuchin and Panamanian Night Monkeys, Nine-banded Armadillo, Spectacled Caiman, Central American Woolly Opossum, Grey Four-eyed Opossum, Northern Tamandua, Greater White-lined Bats, kettles of migrating raptors, Three-wattled Bellbird, Golden-collard Manakin (several leks), and hummingbird bathing pools.

All cabins are air-conditioned and have their own water purification system.

On-Site Activities

  • Canopy Observation Tower: At 100' above sea level, you'll have stunning views of the rainforest canopy and you'll be able to see dozens of bird species. Photograph the parrots in the mornings and evenings from the tower. 
  • Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking
  • Night hiking: Observe nocturnal mammals on a guided night hike on-site
  • Optional activities: Snorkeling boat tours, bat cave tour, chocolate farm tour (price varies by tour and can be purchased on-site)

What's Included

  • Two nights hotel in Panama City
  • Airport transfers to and from group hotel in Panama City
  • Air transportation to Bocas del Toro
  • Airport transfers between Bocas del Toro and Tranquilo Bay
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Group photo tours as described above
  • Meals, snacks and beverages at Tranquilo Bay (includes house wine/beer/local rum at dinner)

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Panama City from your home city
  • Tips, departure tax, top-shelf alcoholic beverages, and entrance fees and meals in Panama City.
Workshop Fee

$3199 per person (double occupancy room)
$3999 per person (single room)
$2799 non-participant companions* (when booking with a photographer) contact me directly if you wish to book a companion.

Safari fee is non-refundable after final payment.
Deposit is non-refundable after June 30, 2021

*Non-photographers will not go on the Canal Birding excursion. These guests will have access to use of facilities, and one session each day with available naturalist guides. Any additional activities or excursions can be purchased onsite.

Trip Insurance

All participants are required to have travel insurance to cover medical emergencies during the trip. I strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in this tour in the event that you are unable to attend.

Jason P. Odell Photography


Jason P. Odell is a professional photographer from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jason specializes in wildlife, landscape, and creative travel photography. He has authored 13 comprehensive photography guides, including guides to Nikon's Capture NX, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Nik Plug-ins. Jason has been leading photography workshops and instructional photo tours since 2007. Jason's photography has been featured by Nik Software, Tiffen, Studio Photography Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine, Singh- Ray Filters, and Digital Silver Imaging.

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