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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

#2 of 17 things to do in Gamboa Features Animals
Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa 0801, Panama
+507 6588-0697
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center
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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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Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Gamboa 0801, Panama
+507 6588-0697
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We went to the Discovery center during our day in Gamboa. The center is really a well preserved piece of rain forest with well marked trails but no real building. We saw and heard numerous howler monkeys, leaf ants were apparent everywhere and busily gathering,...More

1  Thank karen a
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We had an enjoyable morning at the centre. Saw lots of birds, monkeys, agoutis. Lovely walks in the rainforest, not too demanding. Canopy tower was fun. Only disappointment was that we got up. Before 5 am to arrive by 6 am, but nobody arrived at...More

Thank Jackie K
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I spent a considerable amount of time with Antonio Zarco, Choco Elder. I had heard he passed away a few years ago. I just wanted this nice image a friend of mine shot in about 1978 to find it's way onto the internet. The Photographer...More

1  Thank rasderek
Karen A, Manager at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Dear Rasderek Is possible to send us the picture? Our email is reservas@avifauna.org.pa Natalia Sarco is our guide and daughter of Chief Zarco, we is actually working with us. You can find her on Facebook and keep in touch with his family.

Reviewed 2 April 2017

Pipeline Road was lovely to walk on. Birdwatchers like to go there. I would go in the early morning to see even more birds. It's a lovely road to walk on.

Thank mathteacher1225
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

I live in Panama and after 3 years, I discover this wonderful place were you can experience rainforest in a unique way. I have done it twice. The first with my kids (9,5 and 1 year). We arrived at 9 am, which is kind of...More

Thank miriamrosaldo
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We spent a full morning at the Discovery Center with a Field Guides tour group. Arriving early we walked a short distance to the tower and then up 171 steps to the viewing platform which provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding forest. Our...More

Thank Daniel E
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This is a pretty superficial trip to the rainforest but we saw a lot in an hour. The tram ride allows a good aerial view of the forest and we did see some animals. If you get a guide who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic you...More

Thank susie166
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We are beginning birds and found a guy - not a guide - to drive us to/from Gamboa to the Rainforest Discovery Center (not Rainforest Resort for $30. Started walking up Pipeline RD at 6:30 am and saw lots of birds incl. Trogans, wood creepers,...More

Thank richard s
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were pleased to walk into the rainforest park area and thought it quite wise that people were encouraged to walk in, to avoid disturbing the tranquility. We were surprised after walking in about 3km and climbing the tower to find a group of birders...More

Thank Richard289
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is at the top of the Pipeline road. Entrance is an outrageous $30 each. The trail system is extremely short. There is a tower, but we saw very few birds. There is an area where there are hummingbird feeders with many hummingbirds. Very little...More

Thank JAM2012
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Penny L
Many reviewers said to make sure to get a guide. Are the guides available at the site ? should you prebook one? and everyone said to get there as early as possible- when do they open ? Thanks! We are going in a few weeks and it's at the top of my list : )
20 November 2015|
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Response from Karen A | Property representative |
Dear Penny, we will provide you a map for your reference (trails, general info, few birds you may find) In case you need a guided service you could make a reservation ( $25.00 plus entrance) We open at 6:00 a.m till 4:00... More