The Canal and Central Panama Sights

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 11/02/2015

Fodor's Review

Just beyond Gamboa, adjacent to the Parque Nacional Soberanía and near the start of Pipeline Road, lies the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, operated by the local Eugene Eisenmann Avian Wildlife Foundation. Its centerpiece is a 32-meter (105-ft) steel observation tower giving ample opportunity for observation of life in the rain-forest canopy. Three other decks are positioned at about each of the quarter-way marks. A solar-powered visitors' center contains exhibits about avian life in the Panamanian rain forest. Leading from the visitors' center is 1.1 km (0.7 miles) of hiking trails. They open at 6 am, which is the best tme to see birds. Capacity is limited to 25 visitors at a time during the peak viewing hours, before 10 am, and to 50 people for the rest of the day, so you should make reservations at least a day ahead from December to April.

Sight Information


3 km (2 miles) northwest of Gamboa, , Panama


507-6588–0697; 507-6450–6630-in Panama City

Sight Details:

  • $30 before 10 am; $20 after 10 am
  • Daily 6–4

Published 11/02/2015


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