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Soberanía National Park

Soberanía National Park

Soberania National Park, Colon, Panama City

The Basics

With almost 55,000 acres (22,258 hectares) of forest to explore, Soberanía National Park offers a wealth of outdoor adventures in the Panama City region. Head to the Rainforest Discovery Center to spot wildlife from an observation tower. Or, walk the Pipeline Road or Las Cruces Trail (Camino de Cruces), once used by the Spaniards to transport merchandise and treasure from South America.

Day trips to the park from Panama City often include a guided hike through the forest. Many tours combine a park visit with stops at other attractions, such as Monkey Island or an indigenous village.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Panama City

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A must for nature lovers.
ZENDE_W, Jun 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
The tour was an awesome experience! Our tour guide Nicolas was extremely knowledgeable about the different animals in the forest. We got to see and feed the monkeys up close and personal. Having a guide like Nicolas who knows what to look for made the tour exciting and memorable.
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Such a great experience...
Priya_M, May 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
Such a great experience in nature! My tour guide Juan was very knowledgable and he clearly has a passion for what he does and teaching about all the diverse wildlife. If you like being in nature, this is for you!
star-5
Best Panama animal tour and guide out there!
Tomas_K, Apr 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
Amazing tour with an excellent and very friendly guide who also gave me a lot of hints regarding every possible activity in Panama (incl. Bocas). We saw 3 different kind of apes very closely and also a Tucan. Excellent tour.
star-5
Great excursion!
Shannon_P, Apr 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
We had a great time. Juan was an amazing tour guide. We were able to feed monkeys, and see crocs and lots of other wildlife. The Panama Canal boat ride was so fun, and the rainforest hike was beautiful. Afterwards, Juan took us into the city for a wonderful lunch. 10/10 recommend.
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It was a bit rainy when...
John_R, May 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
It was a bit rainy when we arrived in Gamboa to start our trip, but the sun came out not long after. We got to see a tamarin up close and personal when he came on our ship, but the capuchin were in a shy mood that day. We did get to see some baby crocodiles, but mom was not close by. we went on the nature walk but there wasnt a whole lot out to see that day. I realize that nature has a mind of its own, and the tour operator doesnt control the animals, but I think the walk may have been a bit long. Interestingly, when we got back to the parking lot, there was a sloth in the tree right by the cars. The restaurant were we ate lunch had really good food, Panamanian style. Overall, an enjoyable day. but getting to see wildlife is always hit or miss and the animals were just a little more shy that day
star-5
Excellent guide and fun tour!
Denzel_Q, May 2022
7 Hours Monkey Island and Nature Walk at Soberania National Park
Very fun day with a great guide! Mr. Nicolas was very knowledgeable about everything related to Panama, nature, history, culture and spotting wild animals. Right before he dropped us off at our hotel we went to lunch (you pay for your own meal)at a really good restaurant. In the parking lot at the restaurant he spotted a sloth in a tree for us to get a glance at. Your day starts with a hotel pickup around 7. Then you drive to the dock you will board the tour boat on. It was about a 20+ minute ride from my hotel. Then you ride the boat near big ships in the Panama canal and keep going until you get to the jungle. We saw three species of monkeys. Two we got to feed and one (howler monkeys) was very high up but we could hear and see them. We kept riding and got to see some baby crocodiles near their nest. Heads up that if you come during the rainy season (started May 1st), you should bring a rain suit or poncho and a water proof pouch. We got soaked and it felt like we were in a water park 🤣. After you finish your boat ride you go back to the car and ride around 10 minutes to the Gamboa jungle and go for a hike. Very beautiful and lush with plant life. We saw lots of fruit trees (cacao, coconut, red plum-like fruits from palms, figs, etc), small water falls, creeks, huge trees with beautiful bases. We spotted poison dart frogs, lizards, birds and leaf cutter ants. The tour is well worth the money and it's an unforgettable experience! Thanks Mr. Nicolas for being the best tour guide we've ever had!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend at least three hours exploring Soberanía National Park.

  • Park visitors need a hiking permit, which is included with most guided tours or available at the administrative office.

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How to Get There

The park is about a 30-minute drive from Panama City, at the intersection of Avenida Gaillard and the entrance of Gamboa. The easiest way to get there is by car or as part of a guided tour with included transportation.

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When to Get There

Visit the park between December and March, when rain is least likely to disrupt your plans. Early morning is the best time to see wildlife, particularly birds.

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Outdoor Adventures Near Panama City

Urban Panama City makes a surprisingly good base for outdoor activities, within Soberanía National Park and beyond. Aquatics take center stage in the San Blas Islands on the Caribbean coast. A network of limestone caves and formations around Bayano Lake sets the scene for a day of canyoneering, while Gatun Lake (part of the Panama Canal) is a popular kayaking destination.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Soberanía National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Panama City?
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