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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

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Address: Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa, Panama
Phone Number: 507-6588-0697
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Panamá Rainforest Discovery Center is the main project of the...
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.
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Great for Outdoorsy People

The Center's website says reservations are necessary for visits form Mon through Thurs, but we visited on Mon without a reservation. We were on a cruise and took a taxi from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
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Dallas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Center's website says reservations are necessary for visits form Mon through Thurs, but we visited on Mon without a reservation. We were on a cruise and took a taxi from Colon. After negotiating with several taxi drivers, I found one who would take and bring back four of us for $100. It took about an hour to get to... More 

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New York
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491 reviews 491 reviews
137 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

we picked a PAnama family vacation as it had convenient flights, decent hotels and restaurants and of course the famous Panama Canal but who would imigned the incredible diversity of a rain forest-go and learn-good esperience

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
96 helpful votes 96 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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