Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Gamboa

4.4
#1 of 10 in Parks in Colon Province
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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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  • An excellent experience for all and especially great for families... and it is a very close drive from Panama City 
    An excellent experience for all and especially great for families... and it is a very close drive from Panama City  more »
  • Not a long drive from Panama City, but the last two kilometers are rough road. The rain forest discovery center is a gem of an experience. I walked down a trail to the hummingbird station where there....  more
    Not a long drive from Panama City, but the last two kilometers are rough road. The rain forest discovery center is a gem of an experience. I walked down a trail to the hummingbird station where there....  more »
  • Located in the Soberania National Park about a 30-40 min taxi/Uber from Panama City. Climbed to the top of the tower overlooking the forest canopy. Hearing the howler monkeys in the surrounding... 
    Located in the Soberania National Park about a 30-40 min taxi/Uber from Panama City. Climbed to the top of the tower overlooking the forest canopy. Hearing the howler monkeys in the surrounding...  more »
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  • Worth the $30 (for tourists) to walk the very nice trails, climb the observation tower, and watch the hummingbirds at the feeders. They had very nice bathrooms and a good selection of drinks and snacks. Note for folks catching an uber there that unless your driver has a very sturdy car/truck, they will drop you off at the road entrance. It will be an additional 2 km uphill walk from there.
  • Great place to visit. Great scenery for wildlife. We visited early August (2nd) and weather was great, when you are beneath the trees (98% of the time) is not hot.
  • It’s a cute little place, not very big but ask the workers anything about Panamá and they will Let you know, very knowledgeable. It’s in a remote area, the road is rough but that’s what gives it authenticity,
  • I loved getting to see such a wide array of wild life! From white faced capuchins and spider monkeys, to leaf cutter ants and even some dung beetles, there's a huge variety of animals that call the forest in this area home. Keep your eyes out!
  • Awesome place to escape the city and see nature and some wildlife but BEWARE; plan you transportation. Uber drivers will probably be mad at you for going all the way out here and it’s unlikely to find a way back to town unless planned.

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