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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa, Panama
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Gamboa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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
91 helpful votes 91 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
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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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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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
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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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26 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 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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9 attraction reviews
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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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The Rainforest Discovery Center has 2 or 3 different trails and a canopy tower that permits a bird's eye view of the forests surrounding Gamboa. I took my 74-year-old mother and 5-year-old nephew and we had a wonderful time exploring the trails and tower. The start of your jungle trek begins at the visitor's center, where several hummingbird feeders are... More

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