On the Quetzales Trail Panama

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.

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26 Responses to On the Quetzales Trail Panama

  1. Taos Rag January 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    beautiful Jim – great that you're there.

  2. María Elena January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am #

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

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

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

  3. Jim O'Donnell January 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    here you go Marsha Kellogg.

  4. Jess Van Wickel 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.

    • Jim O'Donnell 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. Maria Elena Gonzalez Henriquez January 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Amaizing pictures, exelente experience!

  6. Maryol Tritra January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Jim, Nice pictures. Thank you for your visit.

  7. Kiva Duckworth-Moulton January 25, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    ah yes, spectacular, just lovely, really…

    • Jim O'Donnell 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. Karen Catchpole 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. Marsha Kellogg February 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Beautiful photos Jim!

  10. Jim McIntosh February 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Nice shots mate.

  11. Susan Saundercook February 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Beautiful shots!

  12. Suzy February 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Gorgeous shots, especially the last one.

  13. Steve Collins February 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Some amazing photos here!

  14. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs February 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Love the rainbow shot! Superb!

  15. Jim O'Donnell December 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    I finally saw one today in Costa Rica!

  16. Crazy sexy fun traveler January 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

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

    • Jim O'Donnell 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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