Los Katíos National Park


For a length of almost 48 km, the Los Katíos National Park shares its boundary with the Darien National Park, a world heritage site in Panama and a region of remarkable biodiversity.

Naturally, this creates an environment rich in flora and fauna, home to a range of species, most of which are endemic to this part of South America. The endemic birds of the region - rufous-cheeked hummingbird and violet-capped hummingbird, are just two of the over 450 species of birds that have been recorded in the park. Along with 17 species of egrets, curassows, guans, mountain quail, moorhens, gulls, pelicans, doves, macaws, parakeets, owls, hummingbirds, toucans, woodpeckers, ant tanagers, and troopials; the park is also home to the magnificent harpy eagle, known as the most powerful predatory bird in the neotropics.

Additionally one can find animals such as Baird’s tapir, collared peccary, white-lipped peccary; monkeys such as Geoffroy´s tamarin, white-throated capuchin, spider monkey, lemurine owl monkey, red howler monkey, and mantled howler monkey.

The jaguar is the largest predator of the neotropics and the other predators would include fox, neotropics otter, bush dog, puma and spectacled bear.

Of the some 550 species that can be found in this park, there are approximately 60 species of fish, of which some are endemic, while the others are shared with Central America. The Magdalena stingray, Magdalena smallmouth, “bearded fish”, snake-fish, sawfish, and Lima shovel-nosed catfish are just some of these fishes.

The brown caiman, “needle-nose” caiman or American crocodile, snapping turtle, yellow-footed tortoise, scorpion mud turtle and snakes like ancehead, bushmaster and boa constrictor are just some of the reptiles to be found at this park.