Panama Accommodation,
Canal Zone

Gamboa Rainforest Resort


Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a mid-sized, modern hotel with extensive grounds, many on-site activities and an enviable location by the rainforest-lined Chagres River close to the Panama Canal. It is a short drive from Panama City yet feels completely in the wild – the previous owners of the Canal Zone, the USA, ensured the rainforest around the canal remained intact to prevent too much silting and maintain natural precipitation, since the canal uses up huge amounts of fresh water every time a ship passes through.

Accommodation varies between converted, historic ex-US canal staff quarters to deluxe river rooms and junior suites. The modern rooms are large and spacious with views over the Chagres River and Soberania National Park. Each has a private bathroom and large private balcony, complete with hammock. The resort offers a choice of three restaurants, two bars and a café and boasts a spa and large swimming pool by the river.

There are many excellent tours and activities available nearby and on-site. It is a good option in the area for general wildlife enthusiasts. For keen birders, though, nearby Canopy Tower Lodge is certainly the better bet.


Full spa with various treatments, three restaurants, two bars, large swimming pool, gift shop.

Local Wildlife

Howler, squirrel, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, capybara, caiman, Baird’s tapir, many different bird species (especially on Pipeline Road).

Optional Activities

Aerial tram ride, Monkey Island visit, birdwatching on Pipeline Rd, wildlife safari boat tour, kayaking on the Canal, table games, cycling tour, night bus in the forest, partial canal transit, visit Embera Amerindian village.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Panama tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Gamboa Rainforest Resort has excellent views of the river. The room was large and very comfortable, and the extensive food choice was excellent.

Mr C M - Cambridgeshire