Panama: Gamboa Rainforest Resort

While in most of Latin America you have to trek pretty far out of the capital to get to the rainforest, Panama is an exception. Since the U.S. protected five miles on either side of the canal for military use, there are now large swaths of rainforest (now protected as national parks by the Panamanian government) that extend all the way into Panama City. 

White-Whiskered Puffbird: Pipeline Road, Gamboa, PanamaWhite-Whiskered Puffbird: Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Panama


For birders, the part of the canal zone that is best known is the area around Gamboa, home to the famous Pipeline Road and protected within Soberania National Park.