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Reviewed January 11, 2018

We enjoy birding but are not "serious" birders. Pipeline Road just blew us away: we had long looks at so many stunning Trogons, Motmots etc, saw a Large Potoo and numerous small and colourful birds. The weather was beautiful and there were surprisingly few people, maybe because it was the last Saturday of the year and everyone was shopping? We took a specialist bird guide, Nando Quiroz; expensive, but for us well worth it, as without him we would not have seen half the birds.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank cliffordchambers
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

The road into this park was fun in itself, our jungle. Jerin was explaining the history of protecting oil movement during WW2, Smithsonian research etc during the drive in. It was really interesting how the area has been used over the years.
We walked a short trail and visited the Hummingbird feeders. There was a lot more to explore but my husband is unsteady on his feet so we took a shorter route. Jerin and Cynthia were amazing at interpreting how best to help my husband. (This was our first trip since he became disabled.). During the hike we saw, and heard howler monkeys, frogs, leaf cutter ants, white nosed coati plus some other animals. Birds were abundant here too. There is a 100ft canopy tower but we did not climb that and a large lake that was too far for my husband to walk to being 1km away round trip. We sat at the Hummingbird feeders and really enjoyed seeing four different species. We also saw a blue Crowned Motmot bird - beautiful bird!
TIPS: Take the tour, I would not want to risk driving a rental car up the potholed road.
Go as early as possible while the animals are active.
This was part of the Wild Side tour with Panama Day Trips.
TAKE MOSQUITO REPELLENT AND RAINCOATS. WEAR SHOES THAT CAN GET MUDDY.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank heatherquick
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

It was $5 to get in to the park - It was worth every penny. We took an Uber to the park entrance and walked the Plantation Trail (14 km). We saw many lizards, beautiful birds, a snake, frog, butterflies, coatis, leaf cutter ants, and many cool plants including the Mimosa (sensitive plant). We heard Howler Monkeys all around us. That was truly a special and humbling experience. There were many mountain bikers going through the trails, which took a little bit away from the natural experience of the trails. However, we didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into, so it was a little comforting to know there were others in the park.

A map was provided and was very helpful. Not easy to get lost - the trails are very straightforward and marked with signs. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring some bug spray. The mosquitos were not bad at all - I think we got bit maybe twice or 3 times. On the way back, we got caught in a torrential downpour - it was more like a warm shower, and we were dry 5 mins after it stopped. Quite refreshing really. Bring lots of water and snacks.

If you are going on an unguided tour, which we did, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pre-arrange transportation if you do not have a SIM. We took an Uber there and on the way back, there were no taxis to be found. We hitched a ride to the main road with some really kind locals and found a taxi there. The guided tour we read about was $35 USD each, minimum two people. To be honest, it was a good way to save money and go ourselves - maybe would have learned a little more about the plants and animals and had better transportation, but a tour guide is definitely not necessary. We had a wonderful walk and it was a great experience.

Date of experience: December 2017
6  Thank traveltheworld461
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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

My favorite hike in Panama! If you go early in the AM, like 7am, you will see and hear tons of animals. The howl of the monkeys bellies through the forest. Look up and there they are. The flora and fauna in these trails are plentiful.
For the only downside is the mountain bikers, though there are not many early in the AM. If you are looking for birds and animals mountain bikes scare the wildlife.
This forest is not to be missed when visiting Panama City. It’s very near the city.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank RadicalBMXers
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

A long trail crosses this park alongside an oil pipeline.
It is a dead end trail so you have to double back to exit.
There are many birds ,you can hear them but taking a glimpse of them is hard given the dense vegetation that surrounds you.
The same is true for mammals .

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank MILOUW
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