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Gamboa Rainforest Resort Chagres River Boat Tour

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Address: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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Fun trip in the lake

Small boat, about 2 dozen guests. When animals are spotted, captain does a great job moving the boat so all get a chance to view and take pictures. Not a long ride - maybe 1.5... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
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Winchester, Virginia
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This huge complex, once the staff housing for people working on the Panama Canal is just 1/2 mile from the canal and over looking the Charges River. The grounds are well maintained and the trees full of pink faced parrots, motmots, chachalacas and hundreds of other birds. The field trip staff lead by Jose Soto are very knowledgeable. Jose himself... More 

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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226 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This was a relaxing boat ride. The guide tells you about the scenery and history of the river and canal. We saw monkeys, sloughs and birds.

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Thank t d
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Ok trip, nothing crazy. We booked a 1 hour trip. They take you to see monkeys and that's pretty much it. If I could redo it I would try to book a longer trip where you could take it slow and maybe see if you could spot more birds and other animals.

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Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I saw half dozen animals with this tour. Crocodile, Monkey (3 types), lizards, and a bird that I cannot remember the name. Try to get the seat that is not in the middle.

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Winchester, Virginia
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632 reviews
476 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Small boat, about 2 dozen guests. When animals are spotted, captain does a great job moving the boat so all get a chance to view and take pictures. Not a long ride - maybe 1.5 hours - but that is plenty.

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Thank nriemen
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111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

No need for a half or full day tour. You see everything you need to see in the hour and a half tour bring bug spray

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Portage, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We went to Panama for our honeymoon. This was one of the excursions we did. The boat ride takes you on part of the canal. We saw a lot of monkeys and one even jumped on our boat. The only thing that was a little scary was our boat died while we were on the water but they were able... More 

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Boyds, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Gamboa to visit the Embera Village and the conservation center. The rooms were large and each had a hammock on the balcony. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom was also very large. The swimming pool is huge and felt wonderful. Unfortunately the swim up bar was not open even though there were lots of people... More 

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Canada
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66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The tour takes through the Chagress river and Panama canal. Nice view of passing by ships. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Saw howler monkeys and heard their terrifying roar from close distance. Fed some tiny monkeys which jumped into the boat. In all tour worth the $$.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

This trip takes you on part of the Canal so you get to the see the ships going through up close. The best part is seeing the wildlife the many different species of birds as well as a couple of different breeds of monkey. Yes they are fed by us humans from the boat but they are in their natural... More 

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