Tours & Activities

Gamboa Rainforest Resort has been designed for you to do as much or as little as you like as you explore the many treasures of Panama and Soberania National Park.

Glide through the jungle on our Aerial Tram and see the rainforest as monkeys and exotic birds do. Take a cruise out to Gatun Lake and explore its lush tropical forest and see large ships making their way through the Panama Canal. Join a bird-watching excursion, set out on the Panama Canal for some of the best freshwater fishing in Panama, paddle a kayak up the Historical Chagres river or experience the mysterious wonders of a night safari adventure.

Aerial Tram Tour

See the forest from a breathtaking perspective, while sitting comfortably in our Swiss-engineered aerial tram system. Gliding smoothly through the treetops, you will experience the sounds and peace of the tropical rainforest firsthand.

One of Gamboa’s tour guides will accompany you to describe the flora and fauna. The 1.2-kilometer ride culminates at a hilltop where you have the opportunity to visit the Observation Tower. After walking up the spiral ramp, you will discover a panoramic view of the:

  • Chagres River
  • Panama Canal
  • Embera Indigenous Village
  • Town of Gamboa

Departure times: from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays for maintenance.

Duration: 2 hours including the Ecological Exhibition.

Aerial Tram with Ecological Exhibitions $50.00 + Tax p/p
Aerial Tram only $40.00 + Tax p/p

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Gatun Lake Expedition

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find hidden islands where Capuchin and Howler Monkeys can be seen leaping in the trees above. Occasionally, they become curious and venture down to take a closer look at visitors.

Duration: 1 hour

Price: $35.00 + Tax p/p

Gatun Lake expedition

Kayaking the Panama Canal

No trip to Panama is complete until you’ve experienced magnificence of the Panama Canal. Paddle your kayak across the waters of Gatun Lake, the main water reservoir of one of the world’s most spectacular engineering wonders.

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Recommendations: light and comfortable clothing and visor

Price: $50.00 + Tax p/p
Minimum 4 people


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Guided Fishing at the Panama Canal

Even the most seasoned fishermen are always impressed by the abundance and variety of fish in Gatun Lake at the Panama Canal. This lake is home to species such as peacock bass, tarpon, snook, and many others.

One of our Gamboa fishing guides will take you and your party on a private guided tour to the best fishing spots.

Surrounded by the peace and tranquility of lush tropical forests, this is a great tour for friends, families, or individuals to enjoy the bounties of nature that Lake Gatun Panama offers.

Recommendations: comfortable clothes.

Departure times: From 6:45 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. for the last 3-hour trip departure.


    3 hours $250.00 + Tax (Up to 3 people) Additional person $50.00

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    6 hours $350.00 + Tax (Up to 3 people) Additional person $50.00

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Chagres River Boat Tour

If you are short on time, the Chagres river tour is the perfect option. Your tour boat will glide smoothly through the water as you observe the lush surrounding rainforest. You might get the chance to see a sleepy sloth in a tree, or a colorful bird peacefully living in the jungle.

Duration: 40 minutes

Recommendations: comfortable clothes

Price: $15.00 + Tax p/p

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Night Safari Boat

If you have ever asked yourself what goes on in the jungle when you sleep then this tour is for you. Ideal for lovers of nighttime adventure and mystery, this safari takes you in search of the plant and animal life on the Chagres River. Possible sightings include caiman, Fishing bats, capybara, and two-toed sloth.

Duration: 1 hour

Recommendations: comfortable clothing, repellent and flashlight

Departure times: 7:00 p.m. (under reservation)

Price: $25.00 + Tax p/p

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Visit the Embera Indigenous Village

Visit the Embera near the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.  The name "Embera" means "people."  Embera people live in small villages of 5 to 20 houses along the banks of the Chagres River. The villages are built on a small rise, set approximately 100 feet in from the river.

The houses of the village are set about 20– 50 feet apart atop the rise on posts, with no walls, but tall thatched roofs. Around each village, the jungle is partly cleared and replaced by banana and plantain plantations, a commercial crop for the Embera, who sell them to get cash for their outboard motors, mosquito nets, and the like. Their houses are raised off the ground about eight feet. The houses stand on large posts set in the ground, and have thatched roof made from palm fronds.

They paint their bodies with a dye made from Genipa americana, the berry of a species of genip tree. The black dye is thought to repel insects and the designs are known as jagua tattoos.

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Guided Bird-Watching in Pipeline Road

Panama is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse natural regions anywhere in the world. It forms both a land bridge for many species and a bio-geographical barrier to others. The abundance of protected tropical rainforest provides a rich habitat for many components of the avifauna of North and South America. 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 in a small area of just 72,000 square kilometers; smaller than South Carolina.

This is the perfect introduction to South and Central American birding. This beautiful and very accessible country offers a great diversity of neo-tropical bird species; many very difficult to find elsewhere. One of our expert bird watching guides will help you to find and identify hundreds of birds and bird's songs of the area.

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Ecological Exhibitions

If you do not have enough time to explore the forest, this is an excellent opportunity to learn and observe some of the most interesting creatures and plants of the Panamanian tropical forests. Our exhibition area of flora and fauna, is composed of three exhibits that include: Butterfly Farm, Frog Garden and Orchid Nursery.

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This trail is perfect for your morning stroll. Breathing the pure air and delighting in the peace and tranquility, you will truly become one with nature.

The best time to explore La Chunga trail is in the morning or late afternoon. The 30-minute guided tour takes you to the shore of the beautiful Chagres River. There, we will take a boat for the 30-minute return, offering you the opportunity to explore and discover the rainforest by land and water.

Duration: 1 hour

Recommendations: comfortable clothing (long pants and tennis shoes), water

Price: $25.00 + Tax p/p
Minimum 2 people

Other Guest Activities

  • Table Games
  • Night Bus to Explore the Rainforest
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Freshwater Fishing at the Canal for Peacock Bass and Tarpon
  • Panama Canal Transit
  • Panama Canal Railway Tour
  • Portobello Historical Tour
  • Panama City and Shopping Tours

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