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Soberania National Park

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Address: Area Canalera de Gamboa, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507 232 7223
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: Located 15 miles from downtown Panama City, this scenic park features two...
Located 15 miles from downtown Panama City, this scenic park features two hiking paths called el Charco in Gamboa and Pipeline Road, both known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
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An easy way to visit the jungle

This is a public park so you don't need a guided tour but I hired a service to take my family. It is about a 1/2 hour to 45 minute drive outside of Panama City but not difficult... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Herkimer
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is a public park so you don't need a guided tour but I hired a service to take my family. It is about a 1/2 hour to 45 minute drive outside of Panama City but not difficult to find. I recommend going as early as possible to sunrise in order to see the most activity of birds and monkeys.... More 

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Vancouver Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My wife and I are big bird photographers. Lugging around 50 pounds of gear, in 32c degree weather is fun for us!: For the Pipeline Road We went early at 6am. Being greeted by the howler monkeys waking up is an experience you will never forget. This was too early for birds though. We walked around 2km to the second... More 

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Munster, Indiana
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Soberania is one of several national parks and preserves that Panama is actively protecting in the midst of a history of the past century of commercial growth. The Canopy Tower and its sister facilities are located in or near Soberania, and offer a great experience for ecotourism very close to cosmopolitan Panama City.

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mille-isles, qc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went birding along Pipeline Road with local guide Venicio "Beny" Wilson and, although quieter than on previous visits, we saw many species of birds. Although it was a holiday, the area was pretty quiet until later on, so like many areas it is best to get there as early in the morning as you can make it.

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

best to get there by 4x4 saw a tapir, toucan, cayman, howler monkeys, and cool birds and lizards beautiful trees and flowers went for a morning hike around 900 am didnt do the whole thing, it got a little hot and you could tell the wildlife was taking a siesta beautiful spot and close to panama city lots of wildlife... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I am an amateur bird watcher and was still a little unclear about what to expect from the park after reading previous comments. So decided to provide as many details as possible. # Firstly, in my opinion, this park (especially Pipeline Road) is for - Professional bird watchers = They have the patience and look out for sounds/noises/movements whilst walking... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is the third and furthest of an interconnected series of national parks located near the city. Four of us paid $50 each for a taxi to take us there, wait (about 2-1/2 hours) and bring us back. The walk was not exciting or dangerous, but there was plenty to see, especially bird life. There's a centre where humming birds... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We entered the area around 8:30 a.m. and 10 minutes inside the area we saw Howler Monkeys, many different species of birds, and butterflies. Beautiful HUGE trees, plants, flowers, and trails were in good shape. Definitely worth a visit, even if you just go for an hour or so. I read that there were fees for parking but there was... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Amazing hike at path without a Guide No problem. We parked our car at the entrance from the Park and walked on the path for 3 hours. It's an easy walk. Go to our website ourstepinto.com and have a look there are more hiking tours. We saw a lot of birds and monkeys it was amazing. Bring food and water... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Great half day hiking the Pipeline Road with our guide, Kilo. Identified many, many species of birds including toucans and puffbirds and we enjoyed the walk. Safe and clean. Our whole family enjoyed the experience – ages ranging from 11 years old to 58. Blue Morpho butterflies everywhere! Bring water.

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