Nature & Wildlife Areas
Top Attractions in Gamboa
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- This is an absolute must do! Highlight of our trip for sure! It’s so pristine and buzzing with nature (not literally, we didn’t see a single mosquito) . From the Hummingbird exhibit to the Lake to the 100 foot tower, it was totally worth the $30 admission fee. Just make a left turn at the sign that is approximately 1.5 miles into the path.Written 17 January 2023This 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.
- 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.
- You definitely want to bird with Nando. His knowledge of birds is outstanding. Fortunately, he caters to highest denominator guests, meaning if you are advanced level birder you will not have wasted your time, and if you are learner or intermediate, you get a big opportunity. Everybody gets to look in the scope. On the Pipeline Road, his son Ismael drives, and Nando rides in the back of the pickup truck, eyes and ears open. When Nando pounds on the cab, Ismael brakes it. Get out quickly and quietly to see what might might for you be a new species in the profound canopy. My small group also visited the Discovery Center, which includes the tower and the hummingbird feeders. Highly recommend.Written 27 January 2023
- 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
- If you want to see a sloth or ant eater this is the place. Go to the 9 o'clock tour. They are getting feed. More likely to be active.
Is behind the gamboa rainforest hotel.
You can go thru the hotel if staying there or just drive. Take the turn before or after the hotel, go down a bumpy rd towards the lake and you will see the activity center. Do dont have to be at the hotel for the activities, you can go for a hike, zip line, tram. Most things seem to start 9ish and done before 4. Sloths are a must see, no masked required any longer. Also turtles, frogs and butterflies to see.Written 30 December 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 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
- 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
- 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 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
- Didn't know what to expect because so far everything that TripAdvisor recommended about the Rainforest Resort has been false. The first and only time they have been right about this location is the kayaking. It is a fantastic tour and well worth the money. The guides are very good and the trip is not difficult. The scenery of the area is breathtaking. Its a trip that you willn't forget. Just make sure your reservation is confirmed because they have a tendency to forget or misplace things.Written 15 April 2017
Frequently Asked Questions about Gamboa
- The best outdoor activities in Gamboa according to Tripadvisor travelers are: See all outdoor activities in Gamboa on Tripadvisor
- The best day trips from Gamboa according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary
- Monkey Island and Miraflores Visitor Center of the Panama Canal
- Panama canal zone tour (militaries bases, museums and more )
- Birding Pipeline Road - from panama city or Amador cruise terminal.
- 7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
- The most popular things to do in Gamboa with kids according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Jungle Land Panama
- Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
- Gamboa Rainforest Resort Activities
- Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación
- Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary
Gamboa Attractions Information
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