Panama is a unique country that gained notoriety when the famed Panama Canal was built between 1904 and 1914, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by way of the Caribbean Sea. The country is home to some of the most beautiful and lush rainforests in the world with stunning flora and fauna, and a wide array of mammal and bird species. Take one trip to this amazing area of the world and you will find a diverse, colorful culture immersed in the natural world.
A Look at the Panama Rainforest
Almost 58% of Panama is covered in rainforest. This provides some of the most stunning views in the world and offers a closer look at many species of birds and mammals. Another great aspect of the Panama rainforest is that many portions of the forest are easily accessible through any of the country’s well-maintained national parks. Throughout these parks, visitors can find over 1,000 bird species, along with 200 types of mammals and 354 species of amphibians and reptiles.
There are 14 separate national parks located within Panama, and all of them offer direct access to the Panama rainforest. Most importantly, many of these national parks are located within just a short drive from many of Panama’s most popular cities. Here is a look at the top three national parks that provide great access to the beauty of the Panama rainforest.
- Soberania National Park
The Soberania National Park is arguably one of the most popular parks in the country. This is primarily due to its close proximity to Panama City, which is about 20 miles away. The park sits along the Panama Canal and provides extraordinary views. The lovely Chagres River flows through the rainforest, which leads to a vast wildlife that includes woodpeckers, mot-mots, toucans, tanagers, sloths, monkeys, coatis, iguanas, and agoutis. The Panama Rainforest Discovery Center can be found within this park. This educational and resource center offers guided tours into the rainforest.
- Darien National Park
The Darien National Park is located just over 200 miles from Panama City, near the town of El Real. The park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest park in Panama, spanning more than 700,000 hectares. The rainforest contains various exotic species of flora and fauna, as well a large number of mammals, including monkeys, capybara, and agouti. There are also numerous birds in the rainforest, such as parrots, macaws and eagles.
- La Amistad International Park
La Amistad International Park is located along the Panama border with Costa Rica. Portions of this 400,000 hectares park lie within both countries. This rainforest is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to the park will see a wide range of beautiful flora and fauna species. There are also over 400 different varieties of birds that live within the rainforest, and visitors can bird-watch at the popular Mount Amu Logge. In addition, 263 different types of amphibians and reptiles and numerous mammal species, such as puma, tapir, jaguar, and ocelot inhabit the forest.
Visit the Panama Rainforest
Any visit to the scenic country of Panama would not be complete without a stop to one of the country’s beautiful rainforests. When looking for a place to stay, city rentals in Panama are the perfect option. Not only do these rentals include all the amenities that you need to be comfortable while away from home, but they are also conveniently located near many Panama’s national parks and entrances to the rainforests. You can rent these accommodations on nightly, weekly or monthly basis, allowing you to visit as long as you want.