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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507-212-8793
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Knowing Panama Biodiversity

It's a good place to take children from 4 to 12 as well as for young people and adults. There you can learn about some panamanian species and wattch a video about it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2016
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Panama City, Panama
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Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this Research Center (Smithsonian) thinking that it would be managed similarly as Smithsonian in DC. We were wrong. We paid $5 pp and we only could see some sea animals (turtles, a quiet pair of sharks, sea stars, sea worm). There were not guides to offer help or information, we had to look for someone. We were not... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was hoping to see an actual culebra as I walked the trail but was happy to see two sleeping sloths and two basking iguanas. As for the captive animals, the two nurse sharks were my favorites, followed by the three playful sea turtles and some exquisitely colored starfish.

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Thank Constance L
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is sad to see that not many people are visiting it. It is easy to see that the Center needs some extra income for a good maintenance that can come from Government, Smitsonian or else.

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Thank Juan V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think they should take advantage of the potential of that place. We were expecting more from a place called "Marine Exhibition center". Go guys and improve and show all the marine life Panama have.

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Medellin, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Great place to go with kids, It is small but it is very interesting. They have small exhibitions but the staff is super nice and they make the experience better, the kids can touch star fish and see the small rainforest frogs.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

It's a good place to take children from 4 to 12 as well as for young people and adults. There you can learn about some panamanian species and wattch a video about it.

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1 Thank lidiabp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

If you are comming with kids, this is a nice tour. Highly recommended to see the nature and animals of Panamà

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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Very mediocre. Aquariums were shoddy. Frog terrariums were not bad, though. At least you can see sloths and iguanas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Very well run centre with beautiful views and great wildlife. Staff are amazingly friendly and informative. I saw sloths, iguanas and some interesting birds on the dry forest trail, as well as marine life including sharks and turtles in tanks and pools

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

To get it out there right away, I am a volunteer at Punta Culebra, however I am a volunteer because I do believe that it is such a unique experience in Panama and I believe in what they are doing there. For between $3 and $5 you can mosey around and have close encounters with sea turtles, sloths, iguanas, tropical... More 

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