House in Gamboa Panama, nearly in the rainforest

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Sleeps: 4

Type: House

House in Gamboa Panama, nearly in the rainforest

Gamboa, Panama is a unique place to visit or live. Mostly built in the 1930's to house a Division of the Panama Canal Company, it is small, quiet, and charming, with the feeling of a place from an earlier time. Perfect for birders as well as other nature lovers, 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.

Like many of the historic Gamboa homes, this house is half of a duplex. The upstairs ...Read more

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House in Gamboa Panama, nearly in the rainforest
Gamboa, Panama

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Gamboa is only 2 miles from Pipeline Road, a world-famous birding location, and is close to numerous other birding locations that can be done as day trips. Gamboa Rainforest Discovery Center is an additional attraction on Pipeline Road, with a great canopy tower and short hiking trails. Gamboa Rainforest Lodge is a five minute walk; it provides restaurants and many tourist activities (even a pool for a small fee). A day at the Miraflores Locks, watching the huge ships go through, is a must-do experience. Gamboa is also centrally located for other parts of Panama. It's only an hour from either the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.
An advantage of renting a house or apartment and doing your own cooking (rather than staying in a place like the Canopy Tower) 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.
There are various transportation possibilities. There are buses into Panama City, but I haven't used them and don't know anything about them. Taxis are not terribly expensive - we took one from the city to Gamboa for $25 this year (2014). It would cost more from the airport. Car rental is not hugely expensive, but be aware that there is mandatory insurance which can double the cost, and that if you're planning to use the Corredor Sur, you need a card. You may be able to get one from the rental car company or at the "Recarga" kiosk tool booth, where you add money to the card.

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