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Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Gamboa Rainforest Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

1. From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

Explore the Panamanian rain forest while gliding smoothly through treetops on an aerial tram. Learn the jungle's most interesting facts from a naturalist guide. Watch colorful birds flying around you.  Take a boat ride through the Panama Canal, observing marine life. End your tour with a delicious lunch. Board a tram bound for a 280-feet peak surrounded by leafy jungle. While going up to the observation tower, enjoy fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community, and much of the Soberania National Park. Gamboa is home to many natural labs including a butterfly farm, an orchids center, and a frog pond. See around 20 species of butterflies native to Panama at the Butterfly House. Get up close to the sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary hosts a rehabilitation and training program for injured, sick, and orphaned sloths. Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Panama Canal's waterways. Observe the fascinating tropical wildlife of Gatun Lake and the surrounding forest. Get a chance to spot crocodiles, caimans, sloths, monkeys, and a host of birds with the help of your guide.

From Panama City: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

2. From Panama City: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

After a pickup from your hotel, head to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in the Soberania National Park. From here board a boat and sail on Gatun Lake next to the huge ships that cross the Panama Canal. Admire the fauna and vegetation of the tropical forest, as well as Monkey Island where you have the chance to see white-faced capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys in their natural habitat. Continue on to the Sloth Sanctuary to observe three-toed and two-toed sloths that have been rescued. Learn about the life and habits of the sloths, as well as the efforts for the conservation of the species through the volunteers and specialized guides. From the Sloth Sanctuary, move on to the Butterfly House where you can see the butterflies that live in the rainforest such as the colorful Blue Morpho Butterfly. You will also visit the orchid and frog exhibitions to discover more about the species that live in the rainforest.

From Panama: Gamboa Zip Line Experience

3. From Panama: Gamboa Zip Line Experience

Head to the Gamboa community for this exciting zip line experience. Elevate to the top of trees through a series of cables and get an unbeatably clear view of the rain forest’s greenery and landscapes as you make your way through 10 zip line platforms. To start, get picked up from Panama City before taking an approximately 1-hour drive to Gamboa. Meet the zip line instructor and get a basic zip lining lesson before starting your adventure. Completing the 10 zip line platforms takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. After enjoying your time in the rain forest, get dropped back off in Panama.

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What people are saying about Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 65 reviews

We were picked up by a bus from the Hotel Dreams Playa Bonita and looked after optimally throughout the day, very well informed and driven safely (an adventurous trip Panama-style). We got many impressions and were pointed out to animals in the trees. The driver stopped for this and we were allowed to get out to watch and film the animals. A small boat took us across the Panama Canal towards Gatun Lake to see the monkeys and birds. On the way back we even saw a big crocodile in front of the camera. A visit to the sloths, butterflies and orchids is also included and worth seeing. The highlight is of course the gondola ride with a German audio guide in and over the rainforest - exciting, impressive and just beautiful. The food at the hotel was a buffet with all the goodies you can imagine. All in all a great tour worth seeing that you absolutely have to take part in.

Very enjoyable experience. This tour was the perfect way to experience the Gamboa rain forest in all its beauty. We started off on a speed boat tour of the Panama canal, passed some impressive vessels to visit multiple islands with monkeys. We’re lucky as we saw different species and a crocodile. Then we took the aerial tram through the rain forest and we had some breathtaking views. Followed by a trip to the slot sanctuary and butterflies conservatory, ending our journey with a delicious lunch. Our guide Octavio was very knowledgeable and funny. We had a blast. Thank you all

Great tour, playful white faced monkeys jumping on our boat, saw 2 other varieties as well. The sloth sanctuary was the highlight, we got there during feeding time, adorable. Our guide Jorge was great, very informative, flexible with pickup and drop of. Great experience all together

The process was organized well and reliably. The tour was a lot of fun, especially the sloth station. Good care throughout the station. Always my pleasure

Absolutely amazing day!! Do yourself a favor and take this tour.