Rainforest Activities

Enjoy the best activities in Panama.

Encompassing 55,000 acres on the shores of the Panama Canal, Soberanía National Park is just moments from Gamboa Rainforest Resort, offering eco-adventurers a magnificent range of activities and natural attractions to explore.

Our staff will provide you with an extraordinary rainforest adventure. We are available to make recommendations on things to do and to assist with arranging all tours, activities and excursions.


Emberá Community

Discover the roots of Embera and Wuanaan ethnic groups, two of the indigenous people who inhabit the isthmus of Panama, on the banks of the Chagres River. Just minutes away are the communities Ella Puru and Katuma, whose inhabitants will warmly welcome you, explain about their customs, lifestyle and culture, and give you a tour of the trails where their ancestors hunted.

Duration: 3 hours | Level of Difficulty: Moderate | What to bring: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, insect repellent, water and camera. 

Hiking Trails

Hiking along the trails is easy. Large tropical trees, monkeys in their branches, much wildlife is evident, so bring your camera. Depending on the time of day and the season you may be fortunate to meet some of the capybaras, agoutis and iguanas that run freely between the leaves. 

Duration: 20 minutes to 1 hour | Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate | What to bring: Hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, sunblock, water

The Pipeline Road

Got its name in the 1940’s as the Allies carved out this trail from the wilderness to accommodate a petroleum pipeline that was never finished. Today it is famous for hosting over 350 species of birds and is a favorite of the Audubon Society members. Here you are guaranteed to connect with nature and from the depths of the rainforest, you will discover its best-kept secrets on its 17 kilometers long: butterflies, amphibians, monkeys and dozens of other wild creatures.

Duration: 3 hours | Level of Difficulty: Moderate to heavy | What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, binoculars, water, insect repellent, and camera.

*Does not include $5.00 park fee.


A veritable ¨Birders Heaven¨, Panama offers some of the best bird watching in the world and is home to nearly 1,000 species of birds. This beautiful and very accessible country offers a great diversity of neotropical bird species. Excellent bird and animal watching locations can be easily accessed and a difficult and arduous hike is not necessary to find the animals. Choose from any of our three options for Birding tours: along the Pipeline Rd., in the Gamboa Resort Grounds or by boat in the Chagres River and Gatun Lake.

Duration: depending on the tour | Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate | What to bring: Comfortable clothing, camera, binoculars, sunblock, insect repellent.

Nature Labs & Sloth Sanctuary

Begin the visit at the first Panama's Sloth Sanctuary where you will learn about the Conservation Program run by the Pan American Conservation Association for this species. If you are an enthusiast of the tropical rainforest flora and fauna, end the visit with various living laboratories where you can appreciate more than 15 species of butterflies, take a look at our curious Frog Pond and learn about native orchids. 

Duration: 1.5 hours | Level of Difficulty: easy | What to bring: Comfortable cloth and shoes, sunblock, water, and camera.

Night Safari Ride

Step aboard our “Chiva” truck for a safari-style ride around the resort as a naturalist guide explains the nocturnal inhabitants and activities of the rainforest. This activity is complimentary with your stay.

Time: one hour
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate

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Aerial Tram

This cruise offers a unique perspective of wildlife, a journey of 600 meters aboard a gondola that rises above the rainforest to appreciating view points otherwise unachievable on the ground. At a height almost touching the treetops you will have the possibility to see a wide variety of birds that nest there, sloths, and several species of monkeys.

Observation Tower

At the end of the Aerial Tram tour, you will find an impressive 30-meter high observation tower made with ramps for easy wheelchair access. From the top, you can appreciate the privileged 360º-view of the Soberania National Park, the Embera indigenous communities nearby, and the famous intersection where the  Chagres River feeds the Panama Canal and subsequently filling the Gatun Lake to ensure the passage of ships.

Duration: 90 minutes

Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate

What to bring: Comfortable cloth and shoes, insect repellent, water and camera.



Gatun Lake and Panama Canal Expedition

If you consider yourself an adventurer looking for a wonderful memory, this boat journey into the heart of Lake Gatun, the world's second-largest artificial lake, will be one of your favorites. In a tour that combines history and ecology, you will navigate through the Panama Canal to hidden islands where should conditions be favorable, you will see families of capuchin, howler and white-face monkeys. 

Duration: 1 hour | Level of Difficulty: Easy | What to bring: Sunglasses, sunblock, water, and camera.

Freshwater Fishing

According to local legends, native language in Panama means "abundance of fish and butterflies", so you will not want to miss the opportunity to fish on its waters. The Gamboa Tarpon Club, strategically located at the point where the Chagres River connects Lake Gatun, is recognized for organizing fishing expeditions tailored to the Panama Canal, allowing you to choose between quiet locations in the middle of the rainforest and sectors where the passage of the giant ships passing through the waterway is appreciated. This lush area is home to species like the Sergeant, tarpon, snook, among others.

This tour includes: Tackle, bait, rods, snacks and refreshments.

Duration: 3 or 6 hours.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to bring: Sunblock, hat, camera

Chagres River Boat Tour

This ride is an entertaining way to quickly learn many of the features of the Chagres River, one of the most important in the country, because it feeds the artificial lakes that allow the passage of ships through the Panama Canal. Its banks are central to the local ecosystem, harboring lush trees and beautiful flowers, hundreds of species of animals, insects and various indigenous communities of different ethnicities.

Duration: 40 minutes

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunblock, and camera.

Night Safari Boat Ride

Indulge in the calm offered by the tropical forest at night and, by the reflection of the moon on the Chagres River, navigate through calm waters in search of birds and nocturnal animals. With the help of reflectors and flashlights, our guide will point out the places where caimans and crocodiles of all sizes usually hunt their prey. If you're lucky you can see their eyes shine with the reflection of the headlights and follow them as they swim down the river.

Duration: 1 hour

Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, insect repellent and flashlight.

Sunset Boat Tour

The earthen colors of the sunset on the Chagres River will provide an unforgettable closing to your day in the Rainforest.  Here you will awaken your senses as you smoothly enter the tributary that feeds water to the Panama Canal, and which is home to many plants, animals and some indigenous communities. As the sun goes down, the pleasant golden light will allow you to witness the evening ritual of some of the many birds that nest in nearby trees and at that time go down in search for food. If you are lucky, you may find some sloths or agoutis looking for their lair before dark.

Duration: 1 hour

Level of Difficulty: easy

What to bring: comfortable clothing, repellent, camera.

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Our Sensory Spa is a place where spiritual and physical wellbeing take center stage. We invite you to relax and enjoy a wide variety of spa options in refined and well-appointed atmospheres. In addition to five private treatment rooms, spa amenities include a fitness center, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and a beauty salon. We can also arrange for a boat ride with a massage for two on the Chagres River.

For more information about the Spa, please email or phone (507) 314-5014.  View our Spa menu by clicking here.

Spa Appointments
For the best results, we suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your appointment in order to use the wet areas and be well prepared for your treatment.

Our guides


Born in the province of Panama, Natalia has been naturalist guide for over 5 years. She graduated in Ecotourism at the University of Panama. Enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking. What she likes the most about being a guide is to have the opportunity to share her culture and knowledge about ecology with visitors. Bilingual Spanish and English.

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He is a historian by profession and passion. Its Spanish origin, aroused his curiosity about the story that connected Panama with Spain. In his tours, he always tries to transmit enough data to the history and ecology of the area, but at the same time his groups have a good time full of good humor, an attitude for which he is well known.

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You must meet Nodiel.

Nodiel studied in schools in the old Panama Canal Zone. He was a guide in the Natural Metropolitan Park, considered the lungs of the city of Panama, where he took visitors on tours along the park trails. With more than 15 years of experience as a tour and hiking guide, he likes to collect orchids and considered himself as a Panama Canal history buff. Bilingual Spanish and English.

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At a young age, Emilio began enjoying the Panamanian nature, visiting the Santa Maria River and gallery forests which amaze him all the time. Studied Tourism at the University of Panama. He participated in a training week for guides in Bush Garden, Florida. For 7 years he has shared his interest and knowledge about the history of Panama and its natural resources with tourists from around the world who visit Gamboa.

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This is Gina.

Gina holds a BA in Humanities with Specialisation in Geographical and Ecological Tourism of the University of Panama. Transmitting her love for nature and how your senses are tested in the Gamboa tropical environment is what she enjoys the most. Her favourite topics are animals, especially monkeys and their behaviour. Bilingual Spanish and English.