The Rainforest Aerial Tram at Gamboa: The aerial tram is located in 100 hectares of rainforest licensed to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Here one finds an exuberant flora and fauna typical of Panama’s neo-tropical forests. The tram takes you from the shadowy rainforest floor though the under story and into the sun-drenched canopy, from where you can enjoy a bird-eye view of a thousand hues of green interspersed with the fluorescent exclamation points of flowering trees. The aerial tram travels 1.2 kilometers in 72 minutes, not including time spent at the lookout. The lookout is a square, steel and wood structure with a concrete base. The tower is 100 feet high and 30 feet wide, including an access ramp that spirals around the tower. The lookout is located at the top of the tower and offers a 360-degree, panoramic view of the Panama Canal, the Chagres River, and the surrounding tropical rainforest. The tram itself consists of 18 gondolas with a total capacity for 86 passengers, and include interpretative guide services. Two of these gondolas hold three passengers plus the guide, with space for a wheelchair. The other gondolas can accommodate five people plus the guide.
The Canopy Tower: This unique structure was originally built by the United States Air Force to house a powerful radar used in the defense of the Panama Canal. The Tower has been reconverted into an exclusive mini-lodge offering guests a perfect opportunity to observe the fauna and flora of Panama. The Canopy Tower is located on top of Semaphore Hill, in a well preserved semi deciduous tall forest in the heart of Soberania National Park. It is at an altitude of 900 feet above sea level, and from its roof you can see the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and the skyline of Panama City, just 30 minutes away. The Tower experience will put you at treetop level, no more than 40 feet from the birds. In the cool Panamanian dawn, you can feel Panama’s great rainforest awakening around you. The Canopy Tower is also a great place for those with a general interest in exploring the tropical forest. Giant, iridescent Morpho Butterflies flash their blue wings at you as you ride up the twisting road up to the Tower; howler monkeys startle you with a sudden roar overhead. Each shrub, tree and flower seems to be different from the last, reflecting Soberania’s extraordinary diversity.
The Canopy Adventure is located in the Anton Valley (also known as El Valle) located 75 miles west of Panama City in the world’s second largest inhabited extinct volcano. The Canopy Adventure is a highlight of any trip to El Valle, offering the intrepid traveler the opportunity to ascend to the top of the trees and observe the rainforest canopy from a perspective previously available only to selected researchers and photographers. At El Chorro Macho this is accomplished by modifying techniques originally developed by spelunkers (cavers) and canyon rappelers. Safely strapped into a harness the descent is down a series of four platforms in front of the fabulous El Macho Waterfalls complete with an inviting pool at the bottom for a refreshing swim. You will see a wealth of unexpected natural beauty and activity while swooping from platform to platform high among the sturdy cloud forest trees.
Located in Isla Bastimentos, the Bastimentos Sky Zipline canopy tour traverses a protected stretch of tropical forest teeming with monkeys, sloth, colorful birds, and other exotic animals. The tour runs three times per day and last about two hours. Considered one of the best canopy tours in Central America, the operation consists of seven zip lines elevated 150 feet over the forest floor. Participants can reach speeds over 40mph. Other facilities include a Treetop Challenge Course, Swaying sky bridge, and vertical rappel.
The Tree Trek glides through the canopy of ancient cloud forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible natural landscapes bordering the La Amistad National Park and the Baru Volcano. The wildlife within the treetops is immense and varied. With a bit of luck one may even spot monkeys and the famed quetzal.
The canopy is 4.5 kilometers long, with 12 different zip line cables. The harness supports 2,000 pounds (909 Kg) and the cable supports 10,000 pounds (4,500 Kg). Nevertheless, there are some weight restrictions to participate: 170 pounds for women and 250 pounds for men. The tour runs three times per day, at 8am, 10:30am, and 1pm and can accommodate 20 people per tour.