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Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge

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Jadwin Avenue House 111, Gamboa 0043 Panama
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#2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Gamboa
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Our B&B was founded in 2005 and it is in the historic town of Gamboa located aprox 25 Km from Panama City. The house was built totally in wood under rustic structures in 1936 Our family operated B&B is mostly dedicated to Birding and Nature observation comprised of 4 rooms, 2 rooms located in the ground floor and 2 rooms located in the upper floor all with full privacy & comforts and a fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment located in the ground floor. Our service objective is focused on personalized attention to our guest, The historic Town of Gamboa is mainly a residential area without commercial activity . Gamboa is located within the Soberania National Park offering superb biodiversity of plants, birds, mammals and insects. Please note there are no supermarkets, restaurants, bars and /or cafe's in the residential area
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Separate living room
Private bathrooms
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Jadwin Avenue House 111, Gamboa 0043 Panama
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Mamiya7 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sycamore, Illinois286 contributions101 helpful votes
My wife and I prefer staying at B&Bs rather than resort properties, but they are not really suited for families with young children. We loved Ivan's for the three nights we were there. The dinners were especially good at Ivan's and better food than we had at the local resort where most stay--not that the food at the resort was bad. His wife is a great cook. The pancakes at breakfast were exceptional. Also, if you are a birder leaving at 6 am for your daily bird outing, they pack breakfast for you. Ivan also can arrange an exceptional bird guide for you. We highly recommend Saul. Ivan is a native Panamanian. His English conversational skills are excellent when you are in a face-to-face encounter with him. He has quite a background and much knowledge of the area. He has great stories to share. He has quite a library of books on birds. If you like places to develop memorable relationships, this is one of them. Ivan's B&B is in an area that formerly housed U.S. military families. It is a charming set of houses from that period of time that have not been radically changed. We highly recommend it if you like the B&B experience. If you like everything to be perfect and modern, this is not the place for you. If you like a charming host and environment that feels like home, this is the place.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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dante i wrote a review Nov 2019
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Location beautiful. Mom and pop operation. Food excellent. Ivan can converse extensively in English on a number of topics of which he is knowledgeable. More home than hotel. Gamboa appears to be a friendly and safe community.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from BirderGamboa, Owner at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge
Responded Nov 11, 2019
Dante It was our pleasure & honor hosting your stay See you next year Ivan
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CF_Gainesville wrote a review Oct 2019
Gainesville, Florida13 contributions7 helpful votes
This is an excellent spot for birders visiting Gamboa. Ivan provided great advice to enhance our stay (thanks, Ivan, for the tip on the Sunday fish lunch at the Rainforest Discovery Center and for helping us track down a Blue Cotinga!). Gladys provided excellent food, and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the B&B. We would love to visit again!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from BirderGamboa, Owner at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge
Responded Oct 27, 2019
Thanks your your kind comments Its was our pleasure hosting your stay! Ivan & Gladys
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jasonp67 wrote a review Apr 2019
Boston, Massachusetts16 contributions4 helpful votes
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I recently spent nine days in Gamboa at Ivan's for work and a bit of pleasure. First off the room I stayed in was perfect. Comfortable bed and a private bathroom that is equipped with both a ceiling fan and A/C unit. I spent many evenings chatting with other guest some whom I have stayed in touch with since my visit. Ivan wealth of knowledge seems limitless and is more than happy to share it. If your there for birding you came to the right place. His yard is full of many of the native birds and even had a Whooping Motmot in the front yard. You are only blocks away from the forest edge where i found many other bird species including Trogans and mammals like the Capuchin Monkeys. The included sit down breakfast was perfect but if you are planning on leaving before the sit down meal Gladys will pack it for you to take along. By the way if choose to have dinner at Ivan's you will not be disappointed by Gladys's wonderful home cooked meals. If I return to Gamboa I will definitely be staying with Ivan.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Elizabeth P. wrote a review Feb 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa8 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent four night's at Ivans, and found it comfortable, convenient and excellently placed for access to the pipeline road and the Discovery Centre. Strangely enough, there is very little reasonably priced accommodation in Gamboa - when in fact it is the best place to stay for those who want to bird/explore the national park, and so much more pleasant than staying in the city. Some tips - do have your own transport or you might have to hike the 4 kms or so up the discovery centre on a hot day, laden with camera equipment, as we did! Second, be careful who you choose as a guide. We had one bad experience, and then were guided by Saul Becket of Panama pipeline Birding Tours - who happens to live next to Ivan's. Not only is Saul a biologist, who often works for the Smithsonian, but he's lived in the area for a long time and is a hugely enthusiastic and talented birding guide. And, just to make things even more attractive, he doesn't have to charge you the extra to come from Panama city as most other guides will do who don't live on the spot. Also, don't forget to bird around Gamboa itself - lots going on there too.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Response from BirderGamboa, Owner at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge
Responded Feb 2, 2019
John Richard thanks you very for your comments and for lodging with us Hope all is good in Zimbabwe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
Does Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.