Panama Pipeline Adventure



Panama Pipeline Adventure

Panama Pipeline Road is located in the Soberania National Park, on the east bank of the Panama Canal. Starting from Gamboa town, the now abandoned road, runs 17 km into the rainforest, home to over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. Within the Soberania National Park is a watch tower rising above the forest canopy. The trail can be combined with a boat tour on Gatun Lake, to observe more wildlife, flora and fauna.

This tour offers insight into Panama’s tropical rainforest and the myriad of plant and animal species that make it their home. It traces the ecological corridor connecting the Soberania and Metropolitan National Parks with nature trails that grace the area. Travel across the Isthmus to the Caribbean side and explore the colonial ruins of Portobelo. Later take a boat to Isla Grande for excellent diving, snorkelling and kayaking. On the Pacific side, explore its stunning mountainous scenery. 

And, experience the freedom of the open road on this “Fly & Drive” tour.

What We Love
  • The Soberania National Park is known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
  • Relax in a tropical paradise of Isla Grande and enjoy snorkelling or fishing 
  • The aerial tram at Gamboa, provides fantastic views of the canopy and Lake Gatún.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel with map and itinerary.
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • Panama is renowned for its riptides. Stay out of choppy water.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Panama Pipeline Adventure

Sobernia National Park, Gamboa Rainforest, Isla Grande, Cocle
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel for your four-night stay.
Overnight at Bristol Hotel.

Day 02 – Sobernia National Park
Gamboa Rainforest Your excursion begins with a drive through Soberania National Park in Gamboa where you can observe the rainforest, birds and plants. Arrive at the Gamboa rainforest resort where you can take a tour of one of the many nature trails here.
Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B)

Day 03 – Gamboa Rainforest Resort or Canopy Tower
Gamboa Rainforest Drive to the Soberania National Park, where you can hike different trails of the area – we suggest travelling along the Pipeline Road or Plantation road. This park forms an ecological corridor connecting the Soberania and Metropolitan National Parks. You can hike the trails of both parks for nature observation or take optional tours at the hotel.
Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B)

Day 04 – Transfer
Isla Grande Drive across the Isthmus to the Caribbean side. Stop at Portobelo, where you can observe Spanish colonial ruins and fortifications raided by Sir Francis Drake, who died and received sea burial in the bay. Take a short visit to the town’s church known for the famous Black Christ, where you will hear the legend and the many miracles attributed to him. Then head to the coastal town of La Guaira, where you will find facilities to park your vehicle. A yellow boat will take you to Isla Grande, where you can dive, snorkel and kayak.  
Overnight Bananas Village Resort (B, D)

Day 05 –  Bananas Village
Isla Grande Discover this fascinating island at your leisure. Take the optional boat excursions and go snorkelling in the coral reefs. Enjoy life on the beach, kayaking and swimming or relax on the crystal waters of the Caribbean.
Overnight Bananas Village Resort (B, D)

Day 06 & 07 – Hike
Cocle Drive to the Pacific side of Panama to La Posada del Cerro La Vieja, located in the Mesoamerican Corridor, joining the two mountainous areas of Escaliche and the Anton Valley. La Posada is also part of an ecological project in Central America to protect the native wildlife.

Next day hike through gorgeous and unusual mountain scenery or relax and enjoy nature while bathing in a pool at the foot of a 90-foot waterfall.
Overnight at Posada del Cerro La Vieja or El Valle Park Eden (B, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Panama City On your way back to Panama City stop at one of the many the pacific beaches for a relaxing swim.
Return your vehicle to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B)

Day 09 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)

Panama Pipeline Adventure Panama

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Flight from the US are mostly routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.

When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas, the average annual temperature ranges from 10 C to 19 C at various mountain elevations.