Gamboa and Soberania National Park
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort brings a spectacular setting at the Soberania National Park where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Its unique natural location allows visitors and day travelers from Panama City to explore the jungle through a variety of tours such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, wildlife tours by boat on Lake Gatun, and even an Aerial Tram that takes visitors up through the canopy to an observation tower with amazing views of the Panama Canal below.
The tropical natural setting is like nowhere else on earth. Just a few miles down the road is Pipeline Road, one of the best birding locales in the world within Soberania National Park. It is renowned for setting the world record for the largest number of different bird species viewed in a single day – a staggering 525. Contrasting with the unspoiled beauty of the trail, Pipeline Road was originally constructed to provide maintenance for an oil pipeline built during World War II.
For its part, Picturesque Soberania National Park – and all of its 48,287 pristine acres of tropical rainforest that extend along the eastern shore of the Panama Canal – is a vast natural wonderland only 40 minutes from Panama City. In fact, Soberania National Park is truly one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world and one of the few within such close proximity to a capital city. The park was created in 1980 and is one of the basic pillars providing for the proper functioning and conservation of the canal. As part of the corridor of protected areas between the Atlantic and Pacific, it ensures the uninterrupted flow of wildlife and serves an extremely important ecological function.
Large, majestic kapok trees soar to heights of 100 feet. More than 1,300 plants have been identified and the huge variety of fauna includes 105 species of mammals, 525 of birds, 79 of reptiles and 55 of amphibians. The best way to explore the park is on foot by hiking one of the four hiking trails, including the famous Pipeline Road.