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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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A quiet stroll in the rain forrest

Nothing to dislike! Peaceful apart from the Howler monkey cries! Birds,butterlies and small mammals seen on our walk. The river lookout is a restful stop. The tower taken slowly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Louise G
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Nothing to dislike! Peaceful apart from the Howler monkey cries! Birds,butterlies and small mammals seen on our walk. The river lookout is a restful stop. The tower taken slowly is awesome! Take your time......

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Jasper, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were on the Caravan Panama Tour. We had the opportunity to see the rainforest frogs in their own environment, as well as see a beautiful exhibit of orchids. We then went into the butterfly room. It was huge and there were hundreds of beautiful butterflies everywhere. It was a well planned display.

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Airdrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The orchids were so beautiful and our guide Alexis very informative. The butterfly enclosure was equally enjoyable and at the frog pond we saw two very tiny yet brilliant red frogs!

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San Fernando, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Bring a lunch, water and spend the day. Don't forget bug spray. You are bound to see some nice wildlife.

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Dallas
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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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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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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
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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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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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