Bird watching Panama | Soberania National Park | Gamboa Panama

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Soberania National Park

Soberania National Park is the true place to go for bird watching in Panama! You find this national park only 40 minutes from Panama City. Hundreds of animal and plant species live in this rainforest, but the park became famous because of the 525 different species of birds that live there. The park is a real biodiversity ‘hot spot’ due to the presence of both primary and secondary rainforest, marshes and streams. A paradise for nature lovers!

Pipeline Road


Pipeline Road

In the park, you find an enormous variety of hiking trails through this beautiful nature. Pipeline Road is in particular a nice trail. This path starts from the city of Gamboa. During the Second World War, a pipeline was built here to transfer fuel from one coast to another. Today it is known as one of Panama’s best birdwatching spots. Near the entrance of Pipeline Road you will find the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center with a 30-meter-high observation tower in the middle of the forest. From here you have a beautiful view over the canopy of the jungle.


Río Chagres river

The powerful river Río Chagres runs through the forest near Gamboa. Several indigenous Emberá-Wounaan tribes live on the river banks and you can visit these communities accompanies by a guide.

Other tours include a visit to a botanical garden and zoo, where you can see more than 15,000 plant species and various rare animal species, including tapirs and jaguars.

Camino de Cruces


Camino de Cruces

You can also hike the fairly unknown Camino de Cruces trail. This route runs from Panama City (Casco Viejo) to the port of Venta de Cruces, which was used by the Spaniards in the 16th century to transport textiles, spices, gold and silver. Today, the path is widely used by nature lovers. Like the Old Gamboa Road, this trail is located on the south side of the Soberania National Park.

What can you spot in the Soberania National Park?



After a visit to the Panama Canal, we went to Soberania National Park. A great experience! Our local guide, who spotted much more than we did, was of real added value. I thought it is really special that you can experience beautiful nature so close to the big city.

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Great hiking and birdwatching in El Valle de Anton
The picturesque village of El Valle de Anton is located in one of the largest volcano craters in the world and one of the best places for hiking in Panama! This unique location makes it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Here you are surrounded by lush jungle and it's a great place to hike and to do some birdwatching.
Discover the highlights of Panama City
Panama City is a great destination to either start or ends your trip in Panama. The city is famous for the Canal, but there's so much more! The city has really developed into a modern metropole, but kept its charm as well, which is to be seen and felt in the old part of town, 'Casco Viejo'. In addition, jungle and beaches are only a stone's throw away. Have fun exploring the highlights of Panama City!

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