A friend of mine from Ontario challenged me to a birding duel; could I match their 403-bird list during my own two-week trip to Panama?
A mere 18 hours separates the icy streets of Vancouver (even less time from Toronto or the large American cities to the South) and the islands and islets that grace Belize’s Barrier Reef. Stretching from Mexico to Honduras, this is the world's second-longest Barrier Reef.
January to April marks a great exodus of Canadians to Southern destinations, and the popularity of Costa Rica among tropical travellers is not surprising. You are never more than one hour from a National Park or private reserve teeming with plants and wildlife.
On behalf of Tours of Exploration I joined a small group of Canadian nature tour operators and several Honduran birding experts. The aim of the one-week journey was to assess the potential for expanding avitourism in this Central American country.