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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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Really amazing experience!

We were the only ones there -- had the place to ourselves. The lady at the front gate was super friendly and was able to spot howling monkeys a mile away! I was very impressed... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
Marco D
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were the only ones there -- had the place to ourselves. The lady at the front gate was super friendly and was able to spot howling monkeys a mile away! I was very impressed. Quite a serene place.

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Orange Park, Florida
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Reviewed December 14, 2015

We arrived in the morning with the staff, before the sun had come up. It is an easy walk to the platform. The climb to the top may be a problem for people who struggle with climbing stairs. We sat on the platform for two hours watching as various birds moved through the jungle tops past the platform. Thirty dollars... More 

Thank Arfilis
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed December 11, 2015

There is really only one reason to travel Panama and that is nature. The country is like Costa Rica, without the tourists (Boquete and Bocas the exceptions). The PRDC is a great examplle of low-impact biodiversity "exposure" that is particularly good for birders. Yes, you can see Peccary and Coati mundi and agouti, but it's the birdlife that makes PRDC... More 

Thank Chip S
Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed December 8, 2015

While staying at Gamboa Resort, I requested a ride to Pipeline road. From the road entrance, walk 2 km, a preview of birds and agoutis en route. The discovery center is a kiosk to buy tickets, $30. Take a picture of the trail map; no free maps given here. The lady kindly explained the trail and time needed. The observation... More 

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Reviewed November 21, 2015

My colleague and I had a half day to spend birding/nature watching in the Gamboa area. We walked the much anticipated oil pipeline road and had several nice sightings. We then unexpectedly got to the entrance of the rainforest discovery center and were asked if we wanted to enter (the price tag was 30$ per person). We decided to pay... More 

Thank Nathan B
Three Rivers, California
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Reviewed October 21, 2015

We did not see quite as many birds as we'd hoped to see but did see many and also 2 kinds of monkeys and a sloth. Go early in the morning, as early as possible. I wish we'd have gone even earlier than we did.

Thank KH333
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

Enjoyed the tower and visitors center. Hummingbirds are nice but not that special for me. The tribes of howler monkeys were more interesting for me. Also enjoyed the tower but it was a bad bird day for us. Rather expensive; not a value visit.

Thank mark k
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

It is a MUST see place butgo with a guide who knows the birds and flora of the place. And walk from the outer entrance to the forest to get the enitre place's impact. And hope that it rains while you are there to experince the sounds and smells - especially the howling monkeys!

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

We honestly didn't love the place as a whole, but the setup they have to watch hummingbirds is great. $30 per person (cash only) is way high for what it is, though. It's not that hard to find, just keep driving and follow the signs. Parking is limited. We managed to see birds and some monkeys, but we'd seen those... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed 2 days exploring soberina national park, and when we came to the discovery centre we were more than pleased to see what was around. On arrival we paid $30, the pipeline walk itself you can do freely the track is on the right and you don't need to pay to do this. (Along that walk we seen caiman... More 

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