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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Address: Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa, Panama
Phone Number: 507-6588-0697
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Gamboa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Panamá Rainforest Discovery Center is the main project of the Fundación Avifauna Eugene...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Panamá Rainforest Discovery Center is the main project of the Fundación Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann, non-profit environmental organization for the conservation of birds in Panama. Our objective is to protect the tropical rainforest throught sustainable tourism.We offer bird feeders, a 32 meters observation tower, 2 kilometers of trails, gift sotre and educational programs for students.Most of the staff of the Panamá Rainforest Discovery Center are from neighbouring communities. They are incorporated into the center after going through a training and selection program.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The trails were nice and the hummingbird feeders plentiful; The canopy setting was breathtaking and the bird calls numerous but for $30pp and not know what you are looking at or cant find who is calling, frustrating. So bring a guide! We saw monkeys as well - super fun. Check in is slow because credit card is old school and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My husband and I visited without a guide. We took a cab to the center and asked him to wait for us while we hiked for 5 hours! You HAVE to make sure the taxi waits for you since this place is in the middle of the rainforest and there is no civilization around. Our cab charged us $70 roundtrip... More 

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Karen A, Manager at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks for this review The Panama Rainforest Discovery Center is managed by Fundación Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann, a nonprofit organization established to protect Panama birds and their hábitats. All profits go to conservation and environmental educational programs. We are looking for grants and donations for maintenance of the observation tower, visitor center and access road. I hope for your next visit,... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We traveled here with our Birding Guide. Having someone who could tell us what we were seeing and hearing was definitely worthwhile. We climbed to the top of the 40 meter tower to view the Rainforest from treetop level. It is a stunning view. Hearing the Howler monkeys was spine tingling and that says nothing for all of the birds... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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32 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were staying in Gamboa with a birding group. Our guides took us many other beautiful places and we saw beautiful birds, but the group kept want to come back to this area. I am handicapped and need a cane to walk (for balance), but the trails here were easy to walk on. The 120 foot tower is a highlight... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

St in the middle of the jungle, and 45 minutes away from Panama, this rainforest center was an amazing place to visit. walking to the top of the 40 meters tower to see the whole jungle was the best part of our day. We got to see schools of toucans flying and we heard the monkeys hauling in the distance.... More 

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Torrington,Ct.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

was the perfect vacation, panama is very niece at that time of the year. side tips where very well planed.

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ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

To truly make Discovery Centre worthwhile you should be there by 6am. In fact the price drops from $30 down to $10 if you get there after 10am. It's about a 40 min ride from Panama City, just passed the town of Gambo on the Pipeline Road. The center offers about 2Km of very comfortable walking trails as well as... More 

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Altadena, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This was such a great place to visit. We went in the morning and saw (and heard) so many Howler Monkeys! Also saw an Agouti, a Coatimundi, a crocodile and Sloths. Plus so many birds, included a yellow beaked Toucan! The hummingbird area was full of hummingbirds flying in & drinking from the feeders. Then there is a tall tower... More 

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North Carolina
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320 reviews 320 reviews
26 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I highly recommend a visit here. This is a well maintained and exceptionally well operated facility which offers great birding and animal viewing opportunities.

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chelsea qc
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9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Although the entrance fee is $30 per person for those who want to visit the Discovery Centre as early as 6 am. it is a delight to see so many hummingbirds at the feeders. There are also many trails to hike on. We took the trail down to the lake and enjoyed seeing many birds on the water and flying.... More 

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