One-bedroom apartment, nearly in the rainforest

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  • 1 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 2
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Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Sleeps: 2

Type: Apt. / Condo

One-bedroom apartment, nearly in the rainforest

This one-bedroom apartment is on the ground floor of a traditional Gamboa house. It has a large living room/dining room, a big kitchen, and a bedroom that's roomy enough for an office as well. In addition, there is a small outdoor enclosed porch. Wifi service, sheets, towels, dishes, microwave, and other kitchen utensils, etc. are provided. PLEASE note: no small children, pets, and no smoking indoors or out.

The main attraction in Gamboa is nature. There are jungle hikes within walking distance, and many other activities nearby. It is centrally located in the canal area, close enough to the city to offer all the amenities of city culture ...Read more

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One-bedroom apartment, nearly in the rainforest
Gamboa, Panama

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Gamboa is small and charming. It is also historic; most of the houses including this one were built in the 30's to house a Division of the Panama Canal Company. Many of the residents work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), arguably the best institution of its kind in the world. The boat that takes people to STRI's Barro Colorado Island (Monkey Island) departs from Gamboa. Gamboa has the ambiance of both an isolated outpost in the rainforest and a comfortable modern suburb. It is embedded in Soberania National Park and bordered on one side by the Panama Canal. Fingers of the jungle run between the houses in Gamboa, providing access for wildlife to our backyard. In addition, Gamboa is only 2 miles from Pipeline Road, a world-famous birding location, and close to numerous other birding locations that can be done as day trips. And if you're interested in a canopy tower experience, the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center has a great one on Pipeline Road. There's even another canopy tower within easy walking distance. There are several other jungle hikes in addition to Pipeline Road in the immediate vicinity.
Gamboa is also centrally located for other activities. It is a 5-minute walk to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, with its many tours and other amenities (you can even use their pool for a small fee). And it's only an hour to either the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts. A visit to the Miraflores Locks to watch the huge ships go through is a must-do, and there's a really interesting museum there as well. I haven't yet been to the recently completed Museum of Biodiversity, but have heard that it's spectacular.
An advantage of renting a house or apartment and doing your own cooking is that you can take advantage of the amazing selection of truly fresh fish at the fish market in Panama City and of the locally-grown fruit and vegetables at the market (Abastos) there, both about a half-hour away.
There are buses you can catch to the city, but I haven't used them so don't know much about them. I have occasionally used taxis; recently it was $25 to come home from the city. A trip from the airport would cost more. Car rental is not terribly expensive in Panama, but be aware that there is a mandatory insurance. The best way to drive from the airport is on the Corredor Sur, but you will need a card to pay the toll (you may be able to get one from the car rental agency). Parking in Gamboa is not a problem; you can park on the street in front of the house. There is a small convenience grocery in Gamboa, but I recommend a car to get to places like the fish market. PLEASE NOTE house rules: no pets, small children, or smoking inside.

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