The Quetzales Trail Panama connects the town of Boquete to the town of Cerro Punta along the edge of the Baru Volcano, the highest mountain in Panama at 11,398 feet.  The trail cuts through the cloud forest along the Talamanca mountain range.  The trail rises from a deep valley through gigantic ancient oaks, magnolias and cedars to a height of 6000 feet along a ridge with incredible views. Ferns, flowers and mosses and water are everywhere. It is one of the best birding trails in all of Central America.

quetzales trail panama

quetzales trail panama



  1. Comment by Taos Rag

    Taos Rag Reply January 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    beautiful Jim – great that you're there.

  2. Comment by María Elena

    María Elena Reply January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Realmente, una experiencia impresionante, exelente fotógrafo! Exelente fotos……

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply January 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you and…really…it was even better because I got to experience it with you.

  3. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply January 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    here you go Marsha Kellogg.

  4. Comment by Jess Van Wickel

    Jess Van Wickel Reply January 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, nice shots & blog. Spectacular rainbow shot.most people want to go wide-angle on rainbows, but when you have so much color saturation it is perfect for a narrow view.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply January 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Jess, I will put up some of the wider shots from that rainbow in the coming weeks. Even at the time I was taking the shots I was struck by the intensity of the color. When I looked through the shots on the computer I was stunned at how saturated the colors were even in the closeups – which is why I chose this one.

  5. Comment by Maria Elena Gonzalez Henriquez

    Maria Elena Gonzalez Henriquez Reply January 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Amaizing pictures, exelente experience!

  6. Comment by Maryol Tritra

    Maryol Tritra Reply January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Jim, Nice pictures. Thank you for your visit.

  7. Comment by Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

    Kiva Duckworth-Moulton Reply January 25, 2013 at 3:30 am

    ah yes, spectacular, just lovely, really…

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply January 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you Kiva. The trail was amazing. I could not believe it….a bit challenging too. We did 10km – much of it straight up – and I was dead.

  8. Comment by Karen Catchpole

    Karen Catchpole Reply January 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    We did not do the Quetzal Trail when we were in Boquete as part of our Trans-Americas Journey, but we did see spectacular Resplendent Quetzal birds on the trails around the Finca Lerida hotel in Boquete. Our third sighting of these elusive birds in two different countries!

  9. Comment by Marsha Kellogg

    Marsha Kellogg Reply February 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Beautiful photos Jim!

  10. Comment by Jim McIntosh

    Jim McIntosh Reply February 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Nice shots mate.

  11. Comment by Susan Saundercook

    Susan Saundercook Reply February 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Beautiful shots!

  12. Comment by Suzy

    Suzy Reply February 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous shots, especially the last one.

  13. Comment by Steve Collins

    Steve Collins Reply February 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Some amazing photos here!

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  15. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply December 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I finally saw one today in Costa Rica!

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  17. Comment by Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Crazy sexy fun traveler Reply January 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pics, Jim! The rainbow shot is freaking awesome!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply January 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

      That had to be the most amazing rainbow of my life. It was almost right on top of me. I have so many shots of it! Thank you for the kind words.

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