Finca Lérida is a place oriented towards the preservation of fragile ecological systems. That’s why they limit the trail tours to only 20 persons per tour. Preservation of these eco-systems is a mandatory policy of this mountain hotel.
The Amoruso family is dedicated in keeping Lerida’s proud coffee traditions and boutique mountain hotel attractive to visitors from all corners of the globe. There is a strong interest on the part of the company to protect the natural status of this place often visited by nature lovers and bird watchers (ornithologists).
According to Audubon Panama, “Panama has an extraordinary wealth of birds for a country of its size. Although only about the size of the U.S. state of South Carolina, a total of 976 species has been recorded to date, exceeding the list for the continental United States and Canada combined. This remarkable diversity owes much to Panama’s location at the juncture between North and South America.”
While I was eating breakfast at terrace cafe about seven o’clock in the morning, I saw more birds that I had even seen in my life. There were birds of all sizes, shapes and colors. They were all over the place chirping and playing like often birds do when they’re happy.
Panama is one of the favorite destinations for birdwatchers worldwide. However, bird watching in Panama would not be complete without visiting Finca Lérida as suggested in Robert S. Ridgle’s, “A Guide to The Birds of Panama.” Finca Lérida is a place to go “searching for Quetzals and other species”.
The schedule for bird watching starts at 7:30 a.m. ( a hike lasts about four hours). The fee per person is $80.25 taxes included. This fare includes a specialized guide, a light lunch and bottled water.
In order to attract birds to their site, the current owners have placed a large amount of brightly painted bird houses in the midst of their gardens. Every day an employee distribute bananas and other bird feed to these bird shelters. Maybe that’s why the population is abundant and the birds look so happy and healthy.
Please take a look at the collection of these beautiful bird houses which I observed while strolling through Hotel Lérida’s splendid gardens. Here we go.
If I were a bird, this is the site where I would spend my vacations. Delicious bananas, cool weather and a year-long springtime. Can’t get any better than this. Tweet! Good Day.