Solar panels and rainwater collectors allow this self-sustainable open structure of 140m2 to stand up in the middle of the jungle minimizing it's impact on the environment. This is the place where all the hiking trails start.
Built with 70% of recycled materials from the old Canal Zone constructions, the Visitor Center features a deck, cellar, and 2 restrooms. You can sit back and enjoy the variety of hummingbirds while sipping a free cup of coffee or hot tea.
200m from the Visitor Center, along a gravel path and wooden walkway, you will find our observation tower.
A spiral staircase of 174 steps brings you to the resting & observation platforms every 8m until you reach the top deck at 32m high, just above the forest canopy.
With 1.1 km long and 1.2 m wide, our circuit of trails through the forest was built using fine gravel. The trails include a range from easy to moderate difficult levels, also you can find two resting locations:
One, by the edge of the Calamito Lake which has a small deck with benches great for observing water wildlife.
Forgot your binoculars?
Our Container-Store has you covered!
At the main entrance you'll see our Container-Store where you can buy tickets and rent binoculars at our small shop. You can also buy water, cold drinks, snacks, hats, t-shirts, raincoats, mosquito repellent and many other. Here you will be able to access the restrooms as well.
The Pipeline Road is one of the most renowned places in the world for bird watching. Here in 1985, 385 bird species were identified during a bird count organized by the Audubon Society, establishing a record number with the most species of birds seen within a 24-hour period.
We are open from 6:00am to 4:00pm
Night walks start at 6:00pm and finish at 9:00pm Enjoy a different path, listen to different sounds, and spot different inhabitants of the forest.
Every Sunday, from 11:30am to 3:30pm you can enjoy a delicious fried fish with crispy plantains for lunch for only 12.00 USD.
You can make your contribution at the Visitors Center in cash or check payable to "Fundación Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann".
In Panama City, you can visit the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation office and make your contribution in cash or check payable to "Fundación Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann".
You can make your contribution from the comfort of your own home or office with your credit card by clicking the “Click to Donate” button below.
The only bus service that goes to Gamboa departs from the National Transportation Terminal (in Spanish: Gran Terminal Nacional de Transporte) located at Albrook Mall in Panama City. We do not recommend this option as the buses are not entirely reliable and the bus stop is 5 Km from our entrance. In the case you do take the bus, ask the driver if it's possible to be dropped off at the Smithsonian dock, 2.5 Km from the entrance.
There are no fixed fees. We strongly recommend you to discuss in advance and agree on a two-way fee with the driver, and pay at the end of your trip to ensure your return from Gamboa.
Rent a car to come visit our Center and have the chance to get to know other spots in the area like the Soberanía National Park, Summit Botanical Garden, and Miraflores Locks.
Uber and Cabify are reliable options, and even though they are a bit expensive, they won’t be as expensive as taking a taxi. If you can chose the type of car, an SUV will be a better choice if you want to reach the Visitor Center faster, compared to a sedan. Try to get a 2-way trip, as the internet connection signal is a bit weak.