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“Birder heaven - with a guide”

Soberania National Park
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US$140.00*
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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City
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US$105.00*
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center
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Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City
Ranked #25 of 177 things to do in Panama City
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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 3 February 2017 via mobile

This wide, unpaved, generally level road cuts through a jungle filled with birds. But I highly recommend hiring a guide, because the birds can be difficult to spot and even harder to identify, especially if you are new to birding in the tropics. Due to the challenges of spotting birds in the thick foliage, this is a great place for serious birders, but more casual birders will see plenty of tropical birds much more easily by birding in town, the ammo dump or the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Our guide, Gonzalo Horno, did an excellent job finding and identifying birds and knows an impressive number of calls. Gonzalohorno@hotmail.com

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

we did a hike with the family, it take 1-2 hours and although we didnt see many wild animals we saw beautiful birds and butterflies.

1  Thank Jonathan G
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

The Smithsonian institutes tropical research centre and a national park. Good parking, easy access from the city.
This is a great place to walk and enjoy the nature of Panama, good trails, open spaces and a large variety of tropical plants and trees. There is a small zoo with local critters (the cats are my favourite). This is a great place for couples or families.

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Reviewed 23 January 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 21 January 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.

2  Thank schwekye
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