Nature & Wildlife Areas
Top Attractions in Gamboa
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- Located in the Soberania National Park about a 30-40 min taxi/Uber from Panama City. Climbed to the top of the tower overlooking the forest canopy. Hearing the howler monkeys in the surrounding jungle was pretty cool. Hiked all the trails and was feeling like I may have wasted a lot of time and money coming up here but ran into a troupe of capuchin monkeys. This experience of encountering wildlife in a natural setting made it all worth it. In retrospect, it may have been worth hiring a guide when walking the trails as I suspect we missed a lot of other animals. Make sure you arrange for your driver to stay so that they can drive you back to the city. There is no cell service or taxis available here. Better yet, invite your driver to join you on the hike as "guides" get in free. The 2-mile unpaved road that leads to the Discovery Center is the Pipeline Road. It is one of the premier bird watching places in the country. Best to hire a guide if you want to see much. It is also an incredibly narrow treacherous drive along the road filled with rocks, potholes and tree branches. I was certain my driver's compact car was going to end up with a flat tire of broken axle. You really should have a SUV with high clearance if driving here.Written 24 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Education panels in Spanish. Sloths were active at feeding time about 12:30pm today. Great photo op. Gift shop with t-shirts for the sloth rescue program.Written 28 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fun adventure! Bit of a bumpy bus ride to get there. Once in the dugout canoes the adventure began! The dugout canoe took us up the river to the village where we were greeted with lovely music and the village people. We were taken to a hut for a presentation by the tribe leader - very informative. Then a demonstration of how the material for the baskets is made and dyed. We were then served a delicious lunch of fresh fried tilapia fish and fried yucca ( like french fries) in a palm leaf! Then we went into the main hut where each family set up tables to sell their handicrafts. We were also treated to a dance demonstration, where we were invited to join in! They also gave temporary tattoos. The tours are their main source of income, so please take some cash and support them. Our village tour did not include the waterfall.Written 28 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We did an overnight tour at Jungle Land and I still dream of returning. It was an amazing 24 hours. Upon arriving at the lodge, you have time for a swim in the lake, relaxing in the hammocks, or hanging out with a drink and book in hand at one of the lodge's viewpoints. After a delicious dinner we did the night boat tour, spotted several cayman, and heard the jungle come alive. Sitting at the lodge watching the stars and hearing the amazing jungle noises was a perfect ending to the day. In the morning we were woken up at 5am by howler monkeys and I cannot remember ever being so happy so early in the morning. The next day we chose to forgo our monkey island tour, having already done it earlier our trip, so we had the lake and its jumping platform to ourselves. After lunch we went on a wonderful kayaking trip to a waterfall. I was saddened to leave such a beautiful place but so grateful to Karen and Maria for taking care of us. We hope to return again!Written 6 February 2022
- Much has been said in these reviews about Nando’s amazing depth of knowledge and remarkable sensitivity to the rainforest. We enjoyed a half-day with him when we stayed at Gamboa this July. His ability to sense the subtleties of the rainforest is remarkable, as is his passion and joy in encountering the birds which inhabit it. To be guided by him is to spend time with a truly world-class guide who possesses a magical connection to this amazingly rich corner of the planet. Watching him call out a streak-chested antpitta is a moment we will never forget. Finally he kind throughout and greatly encouraging of our 11 year olds budding passion for ornithology. We all came away delighted and awes by the experience.Written 22 July 2022
- The tour starts at the hotel lobby where a truck painted in a cheetah pattern picks up the group to take you to a secondary tour desk closer to the Gamboa Rainforest area. Once you pay for your tour there, you get back onto the truck and drive a bit farther to the start of the aerial tram. Overall it was a nice & relaxing trip. As others have stated there is now an audio guide vs. an in person guide. Once you get off the tram at the top, it’s a short walk to the lookout tower. The tower has a ramp walkway vs. stairs and the ramp is made of solid wood floor (not see through grates) which is nice for anyone concerned with heights. At the top there is a beautiful view of the river and jungle. You’re also able to see some indigenous hunts in the distance. I thought that it would be buggy but it wasn’t at all. On the way up and the way down, we saw quite a few howler monkeys. Had we not seen those we would have been less impressed with the trip. The tour guide noted that earlier in the day and later towards dusk are the best times to see wildlife so we felt fortunate to see anything. Just a note, if you book this together with the sloth tour, it’s a reduce price. See my photo for a price list that they don’t have included on their website.
Written 20 December 2019
- We arrived in Panama mid afternoon, rented a car and drove to Gamboa. The next morning, our guide, Saul, took us on a first rate bird walk on the Pipeline Road. My wife and I are casual birders, but can highly recommend Saul as a very knowledgeable naturalist and guide. In addition to showing us 46 different species (we heard 17 others), Saul explained to us various ecological relationships of birds and other inhabitants of the jungle. Saul made good use of the song recordings available on Merlin. Best of all, Saul is a great guy and it was really fun to spend the morning with him.Written 16 March 2020
- We had a lovely day at Gamboa resort. We didn't stay at the hotel and got an Uber there and back to the city. We wished we had hired a car for the day as it would have been cheaper and we struggled getting one for the way back. There is a public bus that also runs hourly to Albrook bus terminal. The uber cost about 22 dollars each way. The bus is only a couple of dollars. Anyway we did the sloth sanctuary in the morning and the lake tour in the afternoon. You can book online in advance or upon arrival. We booked in advance. The boat was full and had a couple of guides to cater for the languages on board. We had French and English on board. Life jackets are to be worn. The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours. The guides had a banana for the monkeys. We saw the ships using the canal and we approached the land to see monkeys of which we saw 3 different species. Some came into our boat to take banana. The best seats are front right. We were at the back although still had a great time and we also got to feed the monkeys. We saw a couple of crocodiles too. It was a nice trip and we would definitely recommend. It cost us 35 dollars each plus tax. No reduction for locals.Written 30 March 2019
- Very informative presentation about sloths by an enthusiastic employee. Also included a guided tour of the buttery garden, orchid garden, and frog pond. Loved seeing the animals and plants up-close. Combined this with the aerial tram ride. Loved both but a bit pricey.Written 11 July 2022
- Justo was fantastic from the moment I reached out to discuss a tour via email to the moment he dropped me off at my hotel. His communications were clear and timely during the planning stages including a late date change due to schedule changes. On the tour, Justo knew all the right spots and quick to point out new species as they came along throughout the day. We tallied 85 bird species and 5 mammals, wow in 6 hours!
I recommend Just Adventures tours. I will use them when I come back with family and friends.
Thanks for the incredible experience!Written 3 March 2020
- We took the boat on the canal but unfortunately it started raining really hard so it wasn’t fun. But it stopped in time to see lots of monkeys and birds. Then on the way back, it rained even harder. We were soaked even though they were kind enough to provide ponchos. The guide spoke English so that was also great.Written 30 November 2019
- Guides take you on a boat ride and will do their best to find monkeys on different islands. They take their time to make sure that you get pictures and, maybe, get to see some other wildlife.Written 13 September 2019
- The cable car ride was interesting and the audio guide was VERY good. The tower climb not difficult and not too scary for those afraid of heights. The views were great of the Embera Village, a few birds and a ship slowly making its way up the canal. Would I do it again? - probably not. If it is in your budget, it is a worthy (albeit expensive) outing.Written 13 March 2019
- Very biodiverse as others have said. Would have enjoyed a longer hike to just absorb with less talk.Written 6 February 2020
- We toook a boat ride on the Chagres River. The guide was friendly and pointed out the various sights and the types of boats that were moving back and forth on the river. They spent a lot of time navigating around the islands looking for wildlife: a croc or two were spotted well as a number of birds. We had great luck spotting monkeys and several “performed” for us very close to the boat.Written 29 January 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Gamboa
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- The best day trips from Gamboa according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary
- 7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
- Sloths & Monkeys Islands and Butterflies Sanctuary
- Embera indigenous Village visit
- The Panama Canal: Kingfisher Experience Tour