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“A Best Day in Panama”

Soberania National Park
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US$37.45*
and up
Hiking on the Pipeline Road From Panama City
Ranked #22 of 189 things to do in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located 15 miles from downtown Panama City, this scenic park features two hiking paths called el Charco in Gamboa and Pipeline Road, both known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

We signed up with our friend and guide, Luis Calvo, of Panama Travel & Tours to do the day trip to zHatun Lake near the middle of the Panama Canal. Our naturalist was Alex Guevara from the same company. Alex was fantastic. and extremely knowledgeable. We start out in a boat, getting up close looks at the huge ships along side us transiting the Panama Canal. Then we turn into Seidel channels, teeming with wild life. We nosed into several islands to see up close White faced Capuchin monkeys, Geoffrey monkeys, raccoons and many shore birds. We also saw and heard groups of Howler monkeys in the trees above us. The bird life was amazing. Then we went into Soberania National Park to hike far into the park trail. Again many Howler monkeys were howling above us. We saw some spectacular birds like both black throated and slaty tailed Trogons. Truly this trip with Alex is a real "Must do" trip when in Panama.

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Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely park.
The trees,foliage and plant life are rich and very thick here.
We walked for an hour along the road viewing some amazing greenery. Unfortunately we did not see much wildlife as most of the animals are deeper inside the brush.
We did stop at a ranger station and saw some beautiful humming birds flying all around the area.
You can walk or take a truck ride thru the park.
We did both in order to really appreciate the wonder of the Park.

3  Thank schwekye
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

Guided birding tours by Canopy Family took us to several world-class birding and nature observation venues, including Pipeline Road and Chagres River. Along the way we could watch ships passing through the canal and the on-going maintenance dredging. Read "Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough before you go, then you can visualize the work that went into the Cullebra Cut and the creation of the Canal Zone, such as the town of Gamboa.

1  Thank C.S. W
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

We got there around 12 pm (coming from Rio Hato by public bus took more than 2 hours then another 45min by taxi from Albrook mall).
We went straight to Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) and, although the wildlife is not very active at that hour of the day, we still managed to see several species of birds: andbirds, woodcreepers, puffbirds, one toucan flew right in front of us, few jacanas right near the canal, woodpeckers, motmot) and coatis, agouti and Capuchin monkeys.

As the access to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center was a whooping $20 per person we skipped the experience, but still spent a good 3 hours or more on the trail.

The buses to and from Gamboa are rare (every 2 hours) and unreliable, I would recommend a taxi which would go around $25 each way. You should arrange for a return ride.

We visited the place on a Thursday and it was fairly quiet, however traffic back to the city and out of the city, back to our resort near Farallon was really bad. Took another 2 hours to get out of Panama city.

3  Thank Ana T
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

There are many different wildlife can be seen here. Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, butterflies, sometimes even toucans. Many tours go this place about USD 100 or more.

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