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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-8793
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Punta Culebra Nature Center (PCNC) is a non-profit initiative of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute that offers visitors an open-air experience focused primarily on tropical sciences and education, research and interpretation of tropical ecosystems.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (9 reviews)
“frog exhibit” (8 reviews)
“marine life” (8 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-8793
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

this is a cool place to learn about the flora and fauna of Panama and the Isthmus. When we went there was a mama and baby sloth hanging in a tree close to the pathwalk. Goof frog exhibit with very good explanations of the staff.

2  Thank difelidi
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I didn't like this place, it is tiny and there are only a few things to see. A couple of captive seastars and turtles, and the sloth that is living there. Is that worth 8 dollars?

2  Thank Tom N
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We visited this Research Center (Smithsonian) thinking that it would be managed similarly as Smithsonian in DC. We were wrong. We paid $5 pp and we only could see some sea animals (turtles, a quiet pair of sharks, sea stars, sea worm). There were not...More

2  Thank Karina M
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was hoping to see an actual culebra as I walked the trail but was happy to see two sleeping sloths and two basking iguanas. As for the captive animals, the two nurse sharks were my favorites, followed by the three playful sea turtles and...More

3  Thank Constance L
Reviewed 9 August 2016

It is sad to see that not many people are visiting it. It is easy to see that the Center needs some extra income for a good maintenance that can come from Government, Smitsonian or else.

2  Thank Juan V
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I think they should take advantage of the potential of that place. We were expecting more from a place called "Marine Exhibition center". Go guys and improve and show all the marine life Panama have.

2  Thank Jenn L
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Great place to go with kids, It is small but it is very interesting. They have small exhibitions but the staff is super nice and they make the experience better, the kids can touch star fish and see the small rainforest frogs.

2  Thank claudiaabridge
Reviewed 26 May 2016

It's a good place to take children from 4 to 12 as well as for young people and adults. There you can learn about some panamanian species and wattch a video about it.

2  Thank lidiabp
Reviewed 1 April 2016

If you are comming with kids, this is a nice tour. Highly recommended to see the nature and animals of Panamà

2  Thank Brendatraveling
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Very mediocre. Aquariums were shoddy. Frog terrariums were not bad, though. At least you can see sloths and iguanas.

1  Thank wlamb123
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4 March 2017|
Response from PuntaCulebra | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about the our parking here at Punta Culebra we do have parking area inside the center.
10 December 2015|
Response from PuntaCulebra | Property representative |
Tuesday-Friday 1:00-5:00pm. Last ticket sold at 4:30. Saturday-Sunday and holidays 10:00am-6:00pm. Last ticket sold at 5:30. We hope to see you soon!