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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Main Road, Gamboa 7338, Panama
+507 212-8000
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Absolutely loved this place. Beautiful view, friendly staff and lots of Sloths! Excellent... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
via mobile
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If you are a person at all interested in the rain forest you should make your way to the institute... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Barbara E
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Main Road, Gamboa 7338, Panama
+507 212-8000
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely loved this place. Beautiful view, friendly staff and lots of Sloths! Excellent adventure. Close to city and very cheap. Great afternoon!!!

Thank Sandersandco
Reviewed 28 August 2017

If you are a person at all interested in the rain forest you should make your way to the institute. It is a whole day excursion and you need to make reservations with the institute and there is a fee. The day included the Smithsonian...More

1  Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 31 December 2016

While it is true that the STRI mission is a critical mission and that the opportunity to walk around the rainforest with a guide is very compelling, the totality of the visit is a disaster. We were so excited. You get on the employee boat...More

2  Thank CDinDC20009
Reviewed 24 February 2016

This is the original tropical rainforest research facility in the world, and still the mother. We had a marvelous guided day hiking in the forest, seeing wildlife and plants, and marveling at the research that is being conducted at the time. At least 50 research...More

Thank BallardPritchett
Reviewed 13 July 2015

We booked this tour directly with STRI, which saved us a lot of money versus booking it with a tour operator. They only allow a limited number of people per tour (there were 10 guests on our tour, and our tour guide said that we...More

3  Thank Nancy T
Reviewed 31 December 2014

after canal was formed what was top of the mountain became an Island and a research Institute Its a 45 minute boat ride and then about a 2-3 hour tour with a guide. Its pleasant to ride on the canal and see rigs at work...More

Thank lgppres
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