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Soberania Park

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Soberania Park

What would be a reasonable amount of time to visit the park at an unhurried pace. I know that seems like an impossible thing to figure out, now that I asked it. But for those who have visited there, how much time did you take, without a guide (I'm a frugal traveler).

Also, what would be a reasonable cost for a taxi to go there, and does it make sense to pay for him to wait it out while I'm wandering around out there, or would there be opportunities to grab someone's taxi that just dropped them off to take that taxi back to PC?

I am assuming that there is no public transportation to go there, but if there is.... what, when and where?

Thank you so much for advice.

Charlotte

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1. Re: Soberania Park

Hello,

It all depends what do you want to see and do in the park. Are you a birdwatcher ? or do you only want to enjoy a walk ? I use to go there on Sundays and spend around 3 hours. The taxi should charge you max. 60 usd both ways (including waiting time). We have a friend who can provide you this service which can avoid you some bad suprises or bargain with the taxis...

Best regards from Panama.

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Soberanía is a large park encompassing different venues. Are you wanting to visit Summit Park, the zoo? Or, are you asking about the Pipeline Trail, which is popular with birdwatchers? Or, are you interested in hiking Camino las Cruces? All of these are parts of Soberanía.

If you want to go to the zoo, you can go any time. If you want the birdwatching on Pipeline Trail, you're much better off going early morning. In either case, the most economical way of getting there and back is to arrange a pick-up time with a taxi. The zoo will take you about 90 minutes. The Pipeline - 90 minutes to 2 hrs. depending on how avid a birder you are. Taxi fare to Summit Park from the city shouldn't be any more than $30 -- same for return, if you arrange a pick-up time with the driver. Pipeline will be a little more. Be sure to get the driver's cell phone number.

Camino las Cruces is a whole different story. You'll need to hire a ranger or go with a tour. Since the drop-off and pick up are two different places and between 5 and 7 hours apart -- let the ranger deal with the pick-up.

In any case, you do not need "a friend who can provide you this service." And, you don't need to have the driver wait for you, if you arrange a pick-up time.

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Hey GB---if we do this, do we pay the driver 1/2 first then the rest after the arranged pick up?

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GB, thanks.

What is considered "early morning" in terms of seeing the most birds and wildlife?

Thanks again,

Charlotte

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5. Re: Soberania Park

Generally, activity starts between 6:30 and 7:00.

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Dustmom - when you're arranging drop-off and pick-up with a taxi, or multiple stops, you should pay at the end of the trip. If you pay half at the drop-off, you may not see him again. Not many taxi drivers would leave you stranded, but it does happen, particularly if a driver gets a lucrative fare opportunity.

Sojourner/Racandee - 6:00 to 6:30 is when it starts to get light. If you are in place then - on the trail - that's when you'll have the best opportunity to see monkeys, toucans, ñeques and other wildlife. That's when they're foraging. As soon as it's fully daylight, the monkeys and toucans are moving higher into the trees and other animals are moving away from the trails.

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