Birding Pipeline Road & Gamboa Town


Visiting Pipeline Road is one of the best choices for birdwatching in Soberania National Park from Panama City. This world-class birding hotspots is located just 45 minutes from Panama City, near Gamboa Town, offering easy access and an incredible wildlife and bird diversity.

Birding Hotspots Highlights:

  • Soberania National Park
  • Gamboa Area
  • Birding at Pipeline Road 
  • Birding at Ammo Dump Pond
  • Birding at Old Gamboa Road



Birding Pipeline Road, Ammo Dump Ponds and Gamboa Town

Pipeline road at Soberania National Park is one of the most diverse places to see wildlife in Panama, and also consider one of the best sports for bird watching in Central America.

The chances of spotting many life birds just 45 minutes from Panama City in a lowland rainforest habitat are quite high. Pipeline Road has recorded more than 450 species of birds, most of them resident neotropical birds, as well as migratory songbirds and also has an excellent location for birdwatching during the raptor migration season. Local species like Great Jacamar, Ocellated Antbird, Streak-Chested Antpitta, Green Shrike-Vireo, and Rufous-Vented Ground-Cuckoo are some of the species that have been register in this popular hotspot.

During the tour, we will be looking for birds across diverse habitats, including ponds, creeks and Tropical Rainforest, strategically chosen to increase the probability of observing neotropical bird’s species and their behaviors. The road has ease access, as well as side trails where is possible spot Army ant swarms to observe Antbirds and other species of birds that usually follow these ants swarms.

Our tour offers both half-day and full-day birding tour options. Both options are private birding tours designed to create the opportunity for you to spot the birds you want to see, ensuring a memorable wildlife experience during your visit to Panama.

General details about this tour:

  • Location: Pipeline Road – Gamboa – Soberania N.P.
  • Departure time: 5:30 a.m. (Approx.)
  • Start/Finalize: Your hotel in Panama City center
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Staff: Private birding tour
  • Tour category: Birdwatching Tour
  • Type of terrain: Mostly flat

Half-Day Tour:

(5:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  • 1 pax: $180.00 
  • 2 pax: $105.00 per person
  • 3 pax: $90.00 per person
  • 4 pax: $80.00 per person


In a half-day of birding, it is possible to spot between 50 to 80 species of birds. Numbers of bird species will depend in the season and weather conditions.

Full-Day Tour:

(5:30 am – 4:00 pm)

  • 1 pax: $210.00
  • 2 pax: $140.00 per person
  • 3 pax: $120.00 per person
  • 4 pax: $110.00 per person


In a full-day of birding, it is possible to spot between 60 to 110 species of birds. Numbers of bird species will depend in the season and weather conditions.

What is included?

  • Private transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Entrance fees to Soberania N.P.
  • Coffee and Refreshments (tropical fruits)
  • Lunch (For full day tour option only)
  • Spanish & English speaking Birding tour leader
  • eBird day bird list 
  • 7% ITBMS

What to bring?

  • Long pants and comfortable shoes for the walk
  • Insect repellent & sunscreen
  • Snacks & water
  • Binoculars 
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Rain gear (Rainy season: May to Dec.)


  • Prices are per person and are shown in USD.
  • Given that this is a personalized tour focused on finding the birds you want to see, we don’t have a set itinerary. Your guide will tailor the morning to maximize the chances of spotting many bird species in the mentioned hotspots.
  • Please note that this tour has an early start and breakfast is not included, we recommend to order a breakfast box at your hotel the night before, or bringing food to eat on the way.
  • Tour details may change due to severe rain, river conditions, or unforeseen events.

Is this experience for me?

Pipeline Road and the rest of the places that we will visit have easy access and is mainly a flat area. Participants must feel comfortable in walking most of the morning in a humid and warm weather. Durin the rainy season trails may have some muddy sections.

for the ones that decide visiting the observation tower at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center must feel comfortable walking up to the canopy about 175 steps.

Your tour guide will be more than happy to customize and tailor the morning to suit your preferences, ensuring an enjoyable experience for you.


The combination of different habitats that we will be visiting allow birders to watch a great diversity of birds in one single morning. Bird sightings on this tour may include Kingfishers, crakes, Jacanas, Herons, Anis, Swift, Seedeaters, and Flycatchers in wetland areas like Ammo Dump Pound. Other species like Toucans, Tanagers, Orioles, Caciques, Chachalacas, Wrens, Parrots, Warblers and Tityras can be found in different sections at the forest edge of the Soberania National Park. In the Pipeline Road usually can be found Trogons, Antbirds, Woodpeckers, Warblers, Motmots, Manakins, Raptors, Woodcreepers, Oropendolas and many others species.

On the full day tour option is also possible to visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center that is located right next to the Pipeline Road. The PRDC has an observation tower above the canopy (32 mts. About the ground), which make it an excellent place to look for Blue Cotinga, Raptors, dacnys and honeycreepers. The visitor center is also a great place to see different species of hummingbirds that usually visit them feeders. Entrance fees is $20.00 per person if you decide to visit it during the tour.  


A birding tour guide will try to spot the target species that you are interesting to see during the day, your tour leader also will carry one of the Panama´s birds field guide, a leaser pointer, and first-class spotting scope that will help to watch details of some birds and other wildlife during the tour.

Our guides frequently visit the park and its trails, so they are very familiar with the area, the calls of birds, and they may know some specific spots for birds that you might want to see. If you have a life bird list, please let them know, and they will do them best to assist you in finding those species.


Besides spotting some spectacular birds, it’s also possible to come across various species of mammals in Soberania National Park. This tour typically averages 4 to 8 species of mammals on Pipeline Road. Some of the most common sightings include White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys, Mantled Howler Monkeys, Central American Agoutis, White-Nosed Coatis, Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths, and Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloths. Sometimes, we also come across Tamanduas, Collared Peccaries, Tayras, and other less common species like Jaguarundis and ocelots.

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