Apart from the Panama Canal, the small country of Panama is also famous for its colorful sights and natural wildlife. Many argue that Panama’s rainforests are the most studied and observed in the world because of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located in Balboa, Panama. Unfortunately Panama rainforests have been seriously affected by Canal construction and use. When the canal was first built large portions of the rainforests were flooded and incurred significant losses in both biodiversity and forest coffee.
Today, Panama forests cover approximately 58% of the country’s land area.
Panama Rainforest Biodiversity
Panama’s rainforests line each side of the Panama Canal and are host to a diverse community of wildlife and plants. One reason these rainforests are home to a rich biodiversity is because of their geographic location. Panama acts as a land bridge for animals moving in between North and South America. Many species tend to mingle with each other in Panama.
Some of the most popular species you would expect to see in Panama include jaguars, tapirs, deer, anteaters, armadillos, capuchin and howler monkeys. That is not to say there isn’t so much more lurking in the forests. Panama is home to:
- 9,915 plant species
- 218 mammal species
- 302 bird species
- 242 reptile species
- 182 amphibian species
Panama rainforests are not only home to all these species but the rainforests also help to reduce erosion and sedimentation to the Panama Canal. Without these rainforests, Panama’s transport system and its biodiversity would be adversely affected.
Rainforest Hikes and Panam Cruises
All visitors enjoying Panama vacations should take time to enjoy the natural biodiversity of this Central American country. The Caribbean coast contains the typical tropical rainforest where tropical rain falls year round. The Pacific coast, alternately, features rainforests with very distinct dry seasons each year. Regardless of what coast you are vacationing on, rainforest hikes and or Panama cruises are a great way to take in the pristine condition of these natural rainforests. Whether on land or water, visitors can catch glimpses of howler monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and a host of other exotic wildlife.
Panama Rainforest Resorts
There are several resorts built in the heart of Panama rainforests. The Radisson Rainforest Summit in Paraiso, Panama is a popular resort for tourists. This Panama hotel and golf course is situated on nearly 160 acres of rainforest area.
While staying at the resort, guests on Panama vacations are in close proximity to both the Soberania National Park and the Metropolitan National Park. These parks offer ample opportunity to explore, hike and take in spectacular waterfalls.
All inclusive Panama Vacations – Includes a Rainforest Hike
Caravan’s fully escorted Panama Vacations are exceptionally priced, starting at just $1,195 for a 8-day, all inclusive Panama Cruise vacation tour. These Panama tours feature a rainforest hike and a two-night stay at a Panama Rainforest Resort.
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