Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Gamboa

4.2
#1 of 8 in Parks in Colon Province
Nature-lovers should not miss Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, a park displaying the most exotic of Panama's avian species and plant life. Set in lush rainforest, the center boasts a 32 m (104 ft) observation deck from which you can see a number of tropical birds--especially toucans and blue cotinga. Don't miss the hummingbird feeding area near the information center. Monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, and butterflies also roam here. Organized tours or taxis are the best ways of getting to the center, as no buses serve the area. Plan to visit Panama Rainforest Discovery Center during your Gamboa vacation using our convenient Gamboa trip itinerary planning app .
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  • We had a wonderful morning walking and driving along the Pipeline Road with our guide Jacobo Ortega . We are not experienced birders, but Jacob really got us interested and found so many birds that we...  more »
  • Great place for nature lovers and to learn about the rainforest! We spent over 5 hours here on a Sunday. Rode our bikes from Gamboa. It's 2 km down the famous "pipeline road". The entrance sells drink...  more »
  • We do not have a 5 because the entrance is a little expensive; $ 30 per person... Apart from that, the first rays of the Sun at the top of the tower are very beautiful. A lot of birds and monkeys (with a good binoculars!) and a memorable atmosphere, especially before the arrival of the towers. Finally though... The guides know where to look! :) The sitting area with hummingbird feeders is also a very good Observatory, and there is still a possible walk to reach a viewpoint on a lagoon. Attention, mixes the brushes we arriving on site because there are two observation towers. The other is located near the Resort and is accessible only with the aerial tram and guide! The Discovery center is located him at the other end of the Gamboa and can be accessed by car, nearly to the foot of the tower. Of course there's stairs, but for people with reduced mobility that's already won.
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  • We saw a sloth right at the booth where you pay! Also saw some howler monkeys, birds and butterflies. However, the price of $30 per person before 10 am and $20 after 10 am is incredibly high and unjustified for what you get. The prices should be half that.
  • Very good place to see birds early morning, easy path to spot monkeys and humming birds everywhere in the central station, great view of the lake
  • Great please for a short hike. Take your camera since you might spot a few curious creatures
  • Basically Spotting animals depend on your luck and experience. Driving car there yourself is very easy, but maybe nothing was seen. Guide needed absolutely.
  • We observed each layer of the rain forest from the 32 meter high view tower. We were stunned by the abundance of hummingbirds on the center's terrace. We went for a hike to the lake shore and saw amazing insects, birds. Take your kids here if you are in the area and have an hour or two.

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