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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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Bird Watching in Gamboa was fabulous

We stayed in the Canopy BB and it was ok, would have rathered stayed at the Canopy Towers but it had a 3 day obligation. We also went to dinner at the Gamboa Resort and it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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San Diego, California, United States
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San Diego, California, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We stayed in the Canopy BB and it was ok, would have rathered stayed at the Canopy Towers but it had a 3 day obligation. We also went to dinner at the Gamboa Resort and it was very nice as well. World class birding to be gotten on Pipedline Road.

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WallaWalla, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I enjoyed the howler monkeys, cotimundi, birds, and even saw a peccary. This is a fairly quiet and remote large national park that is well worth a visit if you enjoy nature and exploring of the jungle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Um, who says no wildlife? I was there last week, and there was plenty. We had no guide, but did bring binoculars. It also helps if you take it slow, have a low threshold to stop, look, and listen, and ask passing groups if they've seen anything cool. We'd have never spotted the sloths (hardly moving, high up, and look... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Many people complain that they don't see much wildlife in Soberania - this is mainly just down to the fact that you need a guide who knows what to look for (I learnt this when I went to the Metropolitan NP and just saw leafcutter ants and a few lizards) and ensure that you are there around 7am. Another piece... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Nice vegetation, but very little wildlife. Not worth the time and money, and there isn't any decent accomodation in the area.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Park was a disappointment in providing the Rainforest experience. No animals and very few birds.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Waste of our time and money. We did not see any birds. The guide did not even follow the description in the tour brochure.

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Great Neck, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Pass the first entrance to Soberania. After the crazy bridge it's a few miles to the turnoff to the "pipeline trail". Follow the dirt road all the way to the end. Just look up and wait quietly to see the abundant wildlife.(many birds and monkeys)

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Purrmerend
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Thsi place is for birders like walking in candystore. So many birds. In a day we spotted over 100+ bird species. Also monkeys, coati's sloth and other mammales crossed our path. Simply a great day in the jungle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Fantastic spot for birders, particularly Pipeline Road. My partner and I got hundreds of photos. We went twice, both times mid week and we hardly saw anyone else. It was great. It's an easy walk (albeit hot and humid) along a dirt road. Bring the repellant as in spots the mosquitoes can get ferocious. Also take plenty of water with... More 

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