Panama - Soberania National Park
Soberania National Park - Located in Panama City

Soberania National Park is located 20 minutes from Panama City. It is over 55 000 acres in size.  This park is comprised of tropical humid forest and is located on the banks of the Panama Canal. Here you will see more than 1300 plants and over 100 animals.  This area is world renown for it's abundance and diversity of birds.

Soberania National Park is situated in the province of Panama and Colon. There are several famous historical sites and important biological sites in Soberania Park. For example : Pipeline road (Camino del Oleoducto) held the world record in 1985 for the number of avian species identified in a 24 hour period. If history is your interest Camino de Cruces was used by the Spanish conquistadors to transport gold and other cargo from Peru to Spain.

Soberania Park is located so close to civilization that it is amazing that so much wildlife can be viewed. It is said to be the most accessable rainforest park in the world. A walk in the morning down one of the well marked trails can allow you views of sloths, coatimundis, toucans, and kinkajous - and still be in an air conditioned restaurant for lunch!

There are several places in the forest to stay in and around the Soberania National Park - the Canopy Tower and Gamboa Rainforest Resort are 2 Eco tourism resorts of high repute.

Hiking and Camping

Hiking and camping permits are available at the ANAM office at the edge of the park. The office is open 8 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays, staff live on the property so you can usually get into the park. The fee for park entrance is $3. Camping is $5 / night. Entrance fee is $3, which gives visitors access to all the trails for the day. The camping fee is another $5. The camping is not structured so don't expect a camp site with a BBQ!