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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Gamboa

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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. To visit Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and other attractions in Gamboa, use our Gamboa travel itinerary maker.
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  • We went to the Discovery center during our day in Gamboa. The center is really a well preserved piece of rain forest with well marked trails but no real building. We saw and heard numerous howler monk...  more »
  • We had an enjoyable morning at the centre. Saw lots of birds, monkeys, agoutis. Lovely walks in the rainforest, not too demanding. Canopy tower was fun. Only disappointment was that we got up. Before ...  more »
  • I spent a considerable amount of time with Antonio Zarco, Choco Elder. I had heard he passed away a few years ago. I just wanted this nice image a friend of mine shot in about 1978 to find it's way on...  more »
  • 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.
  • A great place to take a walk and admire the birds, which is agouti, lizards, single cat and other species. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a fish with the Lady Gume patacones. This is one of the favorite sites of tribe Guarumo and several of its members work or perform volunteer work.
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  • Impressive how you feel the tropical rainforest.
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