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“1.2 km ride thru the trees of the rain forest” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gamboa Rainforest Resort Aerial Tram Tour

Gamboa Rainforest Resort Aerial Tram Tour
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Gamboa
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Get the forest’s different perspective, take a close look from above! You can be eye to eye with the birds and animals of the rainforest while sitting comfortably in the seat of our Swiss-engineered aerial tram system. Gliding smoothly through the tree tops, you will experience firsthand the sounds and peace of the deep tropical rainforest. One of the Gamboa’s tour guides will accompany you to describe the flora and fauna that you will see. The 1.2-kilometer ride culminates at a hill top where you have the opportunity to visit the Observation Tower. After walking up the spiral ramp, you will discover a panoramic view of the Chagres River, Panama Canal, Embera Indigenous Village, and the Town of Gamboa. All surrounded by lush mountainous rainforest. Recommendations: comfortable clothes, binoculars, water. Departure times: from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays for maintenance
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“1.2 km ride thru the trees of the rain forest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stopped in Colon, Panama and did this as an excursion from our cruise. We were bussed from the pier to Gamboa Resort and stopped at the bottom of the tram. I has multiple "cars" that fit 5 passengers and a "guide". The ride is very comfortable and we felt very safe. The "guide" reminded of a teen doing a summer job, but she was knowledgable, friendly and pleasant. The ride was only abour 20 minutes to the top of the hill. We passed, literally, thru the rain forest. It was NOT full of bugs, as I thought it would be. We saw lots of ants, heard birds and saw a sloth in the distance. There was not a lot of wildlife, but then with the people taking and the noise of the tram (more cliking that noise), it really was not surprising. At the top we disembarked and walked about 50 feet to an observation tower. It was all ramps, no steps, which was nice and easy. Went up about 6 stories and had a marvelous view of the river and the canal. Well worth the trip. Spectacular pictures. They say that it is handicapped accessible, which the tram and tower are, but the trip from the tram to the tower is not paved and would be difficult with a wheelchair or crutches. Doable but difficult. Got down from the tower, back on the tram and the bus took us to the other attractions. These were included in the price that we got from the cruise line. I DO NOT KNOW IF THESE WOULD BE INCLUDED IF YOU GO ON YOUR OWN. We stopped at the Butterfly house, interesting and beautiful, but a little disappointing because I only saw about 5 varietiers of butterflies. The were many of each, but only about 5 varieties. 10 minutes and you're done, unless you want to stand there and wait for a butterfly to land so you can take a picture. Then we walked over to the Reptile house. It had a croc, three cayman, about a dozen turtles and about 8 tanks with various fish (Tilapia, Colossa, minnow/sardines - can't remember the rest). Don't need to spend more than 10 minutes there. Walked over to Snake house - it was cool in there, nice break from the heat outside. Saw about 20 snakes, an iguana and a poisonous frog in the individual enclosures. Again, 10 minutes and yo're done. Orchid farm was the last stop. About 20 different varieties, lots of specimens. Pretty pictures, but 10 minutes and you're done. All of these are on the grounds of the Resort, but the are NOT world-renown by any means. Nice but simple. The tram itself was great and would have gotten a 5 star, but these others brought my rating down to only 4 stars.

Visited November 2013
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Athens, Georgia
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“A Quiet Rainforest”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This was a neat concept and somehow it should have been better than it was. We saw exactly one animal - an iguana curled up at the end of a branch in the sun. We heard tons of birds and something that our guide said was a monkey. Other than that - SILENCE. I was hoping for some close proximity to wildlife. I guess it was still too much human activity for the animals to hang out around anywhere near the area.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Magnificent Views of the Panama Canal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a must-do on your trip to Panama. It is expensive, but worth the money. Make sure you choose a tour that picks you up at your hotel and includes lunch. The tram is about 30 minutes from Panama City. The tram goes to a 90 foot high observation tower where you have magnificent views of the Panama Canal and the Chagres River. The walk up the tower is all ramp, no stairs, so even wheelchair tourists can go. The best thing we did while in Panama.

Visited September 2013
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Ridgefield, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Visited the Gamboa Nature reserve and took the tram tour up to a platform for wonderful views. The day was pleasant and you were able to see quite a distance; all the way to the canal and even saw a ship on the canal. The tram felt very safe and along the way we could see plants, wildlife and birds. This was part of an all day visit to the Gamboa area which was very enjoyable! We saw butterflies, a lovely hotel, and took a boat tour.

Visited December 2012
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Poway, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We went on a cooler day that had a good amount of cloud coverage. It was so peaceful and quiet all the way up. Breathe-taking really. I agree there wasn't many animals to see. We saw a few iguana's. With how many people where there with their professional cameras I do believe there is more in that forest that we just didn't get to.

Visited January 2013
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