Soberania National Park Tours

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Soberania National Park
Learn about the plants and animals of Panama at Soberanía National Park, a tropical forest just 20 minutes outside of Panama City. Located on the east side of the Panama Canal and forming part of its water basin, this is one of the most accessible of the country’s protected parks, with almost 55,000 acres of forest to explore.

Declared a protected area in 1980, there are some 1,300 plant species, 79 reptile and 55 amphibian species in the park. Among the 105 mammal species are monkeys and tamarins, sloths and anteaters, which are often spotted by visitors.

In addition to the site’s fishing activities, eco-studies and hiking, it’s also one of the best bird-watching areas of Central America, as bird-watchers come from all over to spot some of the 525 known species. The Rainforest Discovery Center has an observation tower for visitors to look out from, but for a more active route, hike along the Pipeline Road to spot birds.

The long Las Cruces Trail (Camino de Cruces) crosses the park from east to west, uniting the Atlantic and Pacific, and was used by the Spaniards to transport merchandise and treasure from South America. The original cobblestone that was laid 600 years ago can still be seen here.

Practical Info

The park is located a 30-minute drive away from Panama City, at the intersection of Avenida Gaillard and the entrance of Gamboa. It is open daily from 8am to 4pm, and admission costs $5 for foreigners. The area also has eco-lodges, and although camping is allowed, here are no established sites.
Address: Soberania National Park, Colon, Panama City, Panama
Hours: Daily 8am–4pm
Admission: $5
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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

Escape the metropolitan madness of Panama City on an exhilarating full-day tour to Soberania National Park and Monkey Island, led by a professional guide. Marvel at a fascinating tableaux of native wildlife as you explore lush jungle replete with thousands of exotic bird species. Climb aboard a boat destined for Monkey Island, a verdant enclave home to many different monkey species, and then visit an authentic Indian village to learn about the area’s rich local culture. Enrich your cultural knowledge on this exhilarating Central American excursion.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

Combine some of the most popular day trips from Panama City, Panama into one day of adventure. This tour includes a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal, a visit to Monkey Island, which is home to three species of monkeys, and a visit to Soberania National Park and an indigenous village.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tour Monkey Island and Indian Village

Experience Gatun Lake’s spectacular wildlife and rich culture on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by boat to an island chain in the middle of the Panama Canal that Howlers and other monkey species call home. Learn about these fascinating primates from an informative guide before continuing to an Embera indigenous village where you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and watch a live music and dance performance.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

Cruise through the Panama Canal by boat for an up-close experience this important waterway. Look for wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake, and see ships transiting through the canal. Then head to Gamboa and the Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, and visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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Aerial Tram Tour in Gamboa

Unleash your inner adventurer and climb aboard this aerial tram for a ride through the Gamboan forest canopy. During this 1-hour excursion from Panama City, glide through the treetops with a naturalist guide, whose enlightening commentary will highlight the flora and fauna of the region. Disembark at Cerro Pelado and climb the Observation Tower for panoramic views of Soberania National Park, the Chagres River and some native Emberá villages. 
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Soberania National Park Day Trip from Panama City

Experience the immense natural beauty of Panama on this day trip to Soberanía National Park, a tropical rainforest situated on the banks of the Panama Canal. This birdwatching and wildlife hot spot of Central America is teeming with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Walk with a nature guide down Pipeline Road, known for its biodiversity including toucans, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and eagles as well as capuchin monkeys and sloths. Your 6-hour tour includes round-trip hotel transport from Panama City.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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