Begin your hike in the steamy tropical rainforests surrounding Cerro Punta, in Panama’s western highlands. Move through the dense jungle as the day warms up and rainforest denizens fill the air with chirps and birdsong.
Climb a steep trail as your surroundings gradually shift from rainforest to higher-altitude cloud forest.
As you climb, keep an eye out for the trail’s star attraction, the resplendent quetzal. Renowned for its beautiful iridescent green and red coloring and long streaming tail, the quetzal is among the most impressive birds in the world.