Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
4.5
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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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jungleboywonder
New York City, NY132 contributions
My 4th visit. A must visit if you love toucans, monkeys 🐒, sloths and other wildlife.
Feb 2021
This was my forth time back to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center in 9 years. This place is awesome. Always a good experience. If you never been hear i recommend a tour in order to see more.. If not, you will miss animals right in front of you. I go without a guide because I like to photograph animals which takes more time than a simple tour can offer. It's also a relaxing hobby of mine. I do rent a car for flexibility and tip when possible to give back ton the locals.

I love Wildlife Photography. No picture is ever planned, but captured in the blink of an eye. No zoo.. Nothing is in cages. So you have to be patient, study where the animals live, what country, which jungle, when is the best season, what trees they eat from, decide which camera lenses to take, then just wait with equipment positioned for them to come close enough to you (a cell phone alone will not cut it!!). Thank God for whatever you see and photograph 🙏from that point. Enjoy
God willing, I will be back in May 2021.
Written March 7, 2021
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Keep birding
20 contributions
Stunning!
Mar 2020
The bird watching is superb, The famous Pipeline road leads up to the reserve. Even if your not an avid birdwatcher the hummingbird feeders will amaze you. There's a small shop where you can buy drinks etc. which is really handy.
Written April 12, 2020
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babsmv
Rochester, NY17 contributions
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Mar 2020
We did this as a shore excursion. From the port we called an Uber (cost $24.00 one way) The resort is absolulety beautiful. We had a combo ticket for the aerial tram and the Discovery Center which included the Sloth Sanctuary, Butterfles, Orchids and Frogs. From the resort we were transported to the Discovery Center where we were met by a very knowledgable guide. He led us through all of the centers. The sloths were amazing and my favorite part. It was not crowded and you could listen to the guide and take plenty of pictures. After the tour we were met by another shuttle to the aerial tram. At the tram we were given recordings to listen to as the tram went up. We were not fortunate enough to spot any animals or birds, but it is beautiful scenery. At the top there is a lookout tower you can climb and see the entire area. You then walk back to the tram and ride down. We took the shuttle back to the resort, had a snack and drink at the bar there while waiting for a ride back to our ship. A wonderful day!
Written March 16, 2020
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Yumi H
New York City, NY76 contributions
Cool place! saw many animals
Jan 2020
It is cheaper if you get there in your own car. Entrance is just $30. I spent a couple of hours there and was able to see monkeys, different types of birds, and other mammals that I cannot remember their names in English. The best part for me was the hummingbird feeders. It was lovely to see them so close.
I recommend you go early in the am. And try to be quiet. Many tourists are loud and scare animals away. Just be patient and quiet/calm and animals will appear.
Written January 25, 2020
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Mamiya7
Sycamore, IL281 contributions
This was a great place to see wildlife
Dec 2019
We had never seen sloths in the wild before. We were fortunate to have long views of both three-toed and two-toed sloths. Moreover, the hummingbird station was very active and we added two or three new varieties of hummingbirds to our life list. This is not easy when you have already seen more than 30 varieties of hummingbirds in the past. You are best if you take your own guide with you to enhance this experience.
Written January 17, 2020
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Cindy_Louer
Canada38 contributions
Good opportunity to experience rainforest at ground-level
Dec 2019
We hiked every trail there without a guide and enjoyed being on the rainforest floor. It was a more immersive but less entertaining experience than the guided-style excursions we participated in at the nearby Gamboa Rainforest Resort. We arrived too late in the morning to see many different species of birds that the Pipeline Road is famed for, but we still enjoyed three hours of hiking, climbing the tower, and getting up-close with all the hummingbirds feeding at the visitors' centre. US$30 price per tickets is a bit high, and no family rate for the seven of us. However, I'd still recommend this. We took an uber to-from our hotel so it still beat the high-prices of tour operators to this destination. Take bug spray and water with you. Also, we brought our own lunch because there's no food for sale at the Discovery Centre. We enjoyed our picnic on shaded benches by the lake lookout. "Free" coffee in the Discovery Centre - if you don't count the US$30 pp park fee:). For the price, they should offer more at Visitor Centre, a couple of info or birds exhibits or something in addition to the hummingbirds.
Written December 29, 2019
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CF_Gainesville
Gainesville, FL13 contributions
Great birding spot in Panama
Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time birding at the Rainforest Discovery Center. The canopy tower was fantastic (we recommend getting there first thing in the morning). The fish lunch (only offered on Sunday) was an amazing treat.
Written October 26, 2019
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rcn
Maracay, Venezuela80 contributions
breathtaking
Mar 2019 • Family
This breathtaking day trip, is a must do. seeing the wildlife, local Indian village is a must do when you visit panama
Written July 5, 2019
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Daniel C
Panama City, Panama51 contributions
The Best Birding and Wildlife Spot in Panama
Jun 2019 • Friends
I went to the Pipeline road at Soberania National Park as i heard that it is one of the best birdwatching spots in the world. I was advised by one my friends to make a visit to the Discovery center very early in the morning and it was the best thing ive done! The experience in the top of the canopy, the rainforest, the trails and the animals made of this trip and unique and unfurgettable adventure. 100% recommended for nature lovers, Birdwatchers and hikers.
Written July 2, 2019
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Isabel F
Panama City, Panama31 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2019
Amazing experience! We were able to see a sloth, some monkeys, parrots and hummingbirds. The walk from the visitors centre is smooth and beautiful. Must go for those people that love the forest and for those who had little experience in wild places.
Written June 10, 2019
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