This amazing rainforest holds many mysteries that invite thousands of people to visit Soberania National Park each year. During their visit, travelers hope to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest, as well as catch glimpses of the birds, reptiles, wildlife, flora, and fauna that reside there. Soberania National Park in Panama is a destination on the radar of many eco-tourists who are pining for opportunities to experience first-hand the spectacular trees, vegetation, birds, and wildlife that dwell among the trees.
The park is located a very convenient 25 kilometers from Panama City. It is near enough to the city to be convenient and yet far enough away to seem as though you’re in another world. In 1980, the area that was on the east of the Panama Canal was transformed into this protected rainforest, ensuring that future generations will be able to experience the beauty and wonder that can only be found in the denseness of this tropical forest. It covers nearly 55,000 acres, and provides a number of trails and observation points which can be used to view wildlife in natural habitat settings.
Two of the most popular areas in the park include the Trail el Charco in Gamboa and Pipeline Road, along which several bird observation sites can be found. The park has over 36 species of fresh water fish, making for a colorful display under the water, and over 500 species of birds, mirroring the color in the sky and trees. Some rare bird species can also be found in the forest such as the yellow-eared toucanet, sirystes, and harpy eagles, which only the fortunate are lucky enough to see. There are also over 100 species of mammals in the park to enjoy, including tame animals like monkeys, raccoons, and white-tailed deer, and more exotic animals such as wild jaguar.
This park is a special place for the Audubon Society, which has held world records in its annual census there for 19 years. You can actually observe 525 different species of birds in a single day – that was the number recorded in 1996. Several of the species are on the endangered list.
One of the best parts of your rainforest adventure is that you don’t have to live in a tent, unless you want to. You can instead stay in the lap of luxury while viewing the magnificence of nature that will surround you. Take an aerial tour of the rainforest canopy during your luxury stay and enjoy it all!