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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

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Address: Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa 0801, Panama
Phone Number: 507-6588-0697
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Panamá Rainforest Discovery Center is the main project of the Fundación...

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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Great day birding!!!

We left Panama City at 5:30 a.m. and got to the Discovery Center within 30 mins. Mind you we have gone to the Pipeline Trail several times before so if it's your first time keep... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jen N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We left Panama City at 5:30 a.m. and got to the Discovery Center within 30 mins. Mind you we have gone to the Pipeline Trail several times before so if it's your first time keep your eyes open for the minuscule signs on the way. We paid our entrance fee and went straight for the Tower and immediately saw and... More 

Thank Jen N
Burke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Center for getting a better understanding of the rainforest. Good tours and a great landing for bird watching..

Thank Tom5912
Playa Coronado, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

One of the top spots for birding in Panama. Much easier to walk than the neighboring Pipeline Road with the same wildlife. If you walk slowly and quietly, the quiet part is most important, you will find, by hearing and/or seeing, many different birds and other animals. If you are lucky you will find a swarm of army ants which... More 

Thank Gregory K
Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I went with my dad and its a very easy walk for the whole family. You can enjoy the view at the top of the tower, and if lucky see the howling monkeys and many other species. It´s nice to go to a organized place with helpful staff. I recommend you to go to the old visitor center and see... More 

Thank Rosa_BlancaE
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

You will need a ride to enter the Panama Rainforest Discovery Centre. There is a US$20.00 entrance fee for foreigners. We hiked a bit to go up the tower and enjoy not just the view but also the flight of the plumbeous kites and the gray headed kite. We also saw the dacnis and red legged honey creeper there. At... More 

Thank Cynthia K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

May depend on time of year, but we did not see much. If your in the area ok to visit, but do not make a special trip. I did see many bird watcher and for them area may be great.

Thank Alex L
Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Worth the trip, pipeline road, nearby and bridlife exceptional, start early though. Small cafe selling limited drinks and snacks

Thank paul d
Keene, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went here for the birds and saw about a dozen species or so. Didn't see anything unusual other than a blue cotinga near the tower. But being in the top of the tower is really cool, so it's worth it! Didn't get here until 7:30am, though, and didn't have a guide - both of which were limiting factors, I'm... More 

Thank Jim and Julie M
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Make sure you get there near first light so you can see and HEAR the forest awaken. Climb the observation tower (with a picnic breakfast) and bring your binoculars. We went with a guide/friend and saw so many birds and monkeys, but the best part were the sounds. You will be above the tree canopy and there is nowhere better... More 

Thank mingle2
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We went to the Discovery Center tower at about 6:30 a.m. with a guide. We saw innumerable birds, howler monkeys, sloths, etc. Having a guide is extremely helpful. With his binoculars and scope he was able to find things we would never have seen on our own. From the tower we hiked to the lake and then proceeded to the... More 

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