Shared with neighboring Costa Rica and recognized in 1982 by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site, La Amistad International Park is located at a point on the Central American natural land bridge where flora and fauna from North and South America reach their maximum species mix. With great ranges in altitude, precipitation, soil and temperature, biodiversity here is at its best. After checking out from our hotel, we spend the morning hiking and exploring La Amistad in the area of El Retoño in search of the resplendent quetzal, silvery-fronted tapaculo, andean pygmy-owl, barred becard, black and yellow silky flycatcher among many other western highland birds and spectacular flora. After early lunch we descend back to the lowlands and drive through rice, corn and sugar cane fields to David domestic airport for the mid afternoon flight back to Panama City. From here a 1.5 hour transfer takes us to the Melía Panama Canal hotel in Colon, where the US armed forces School of the Americas was located. Overnight at Hotel Melia Panama Canal.