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“A more authentic forest visit than Gamboa resort”

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
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$105.00*
and up
Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Gamboa
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 12, 2011

A bit further than Gamboa resort, well signposted and 2 kilometers on dirt track, we did it with a regular car but I would have preferred a 4x4. The facilities are awesome: there is a very comfortable lounge where you can eat your food and have a coffee surrounded by a flock of humming birds begging to be photographed. Their tower over the canopee is worth the effort, and a guide at the top can show you what they have spotted. There are clearly marked paths and a beautiful lake. All the facilities are built using recycled materials. The service and greetings were personal and friendly.
We got a bit lost and arrived too late (10 am) for really spotting animals. I shall check out for the night tour recommended by other reviewers. In any case, I strongly recommend this visit, especially if, like me, you were a bit disappointed by the "Disneyland" aspect of the Gamboa Resort.

1  Thank JeanLouisV
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Karen A, Director General at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Thank you for your comment that allowing us to constantly improve. In this way we can offer a memorable experience in the tropical forest of Panama, combining environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We are glad that you enjoyed the visit at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and we hope you can repeat the experience soon with us.

And thanks to your support we have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Best regards,

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Reviewed January 7, 2011

In the night another world wake up.....other sounds...other feelings you experience. It was a very safe, nice and interesting adventure. Do not miss the red eyes that look to you from the deep in the rain forest! If you like photography, please, do not forget your camera.

Everything with the best guide and host.

Thank VictorPanama
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Karen A, Director General at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Thank you for your comment that allowing us to constantly improve. In this way we can offer a memorable experience in the tropical forest of Panama, combining environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We are glad that you enjoyed the visit at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and we hope you can repeat the experience soon with us.

And thanks to your support we have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Best regards,

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Reviewed January 7, 2011

I have been 5 times to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and I must say, I cannot get enough. Everytime I go I have the most wonderful time. Yesterday, however, I had the unique opportunity to take their night time eco tour. This was fascinating, being a photographer as myself you get to see the jungle come alive at night, and gives you plenty of opportunity to take pictures and learn about all the exiting happenings in the jungle at this time. The guides are amazing, the tour is fantastic, and to top it all off you get treated to some great wine and cheese at the end of the tour, and gives way to plenty of good conversation. I would recommend this very much as it is fun, informative, and very entertaining.

Thank gnovey
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Karen A, Director General at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Thank you for your comment that allowing us to constantly improve. In this way we can offer a memorable experience in the tropical forest of Panama, combining environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We are glad that you enjoyed the visit at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and we hope you can repeat the experience soon with us.

And thanks to your support we have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Best regards,

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Reviewed January 7, 2011

We had the opportunity to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre during one of their night time tours and I can definitely recommend it as a unique opportunity to experience the rainforest from up close at dusk and during the evening, where it comes alive with nocturnal wildlife. We had excellent guiding throughout, and it is a nice way to get out of the city on a friday night and do something different. The conversation, the wine and cheese make for a very happy occasion also.

Thank Franco-pty
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Karen A, Director General at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Thank you for your comment that allowing us to constantly improve. In this way we can offer a memorable experience in the tropical forest of Panama, combining environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We are glad that you enjoyed the visit at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and we hope you can repeat the experience soon with us.

And thanks to your support we have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Best regards,

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Reviewed December 12, 2010

We walked a ways down the roads and stumbled on a couple families of howler monkeys, multiple sloths, beautiful birds, and hundreds of butterflies. The trails (roads) were easy to walk and there are also guided tours and other features to see there.

Thank Caz H
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Karen A, Director General at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

Thank you for your comment that allowing us to constantly improve. In this way we can offer a memorable experience in the tropical forest of Panama, combining environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We are glad that you enjoyed the visit at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and we hope you can repeat the experience soon with us.

And thanks to your support we have won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Best regards,

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