Near the junction of the Panama Canal and the Río Chagres, 9km past the turnoff for Canopy Tower on the road to Colón, is this US$30 million spot. It's not an ecolodge but a resort located in a rainforest; nevertheless, it’s hard to deny its grandeur. All 110 luxurious guest rooms offer sweeping vistas of the jungle-flanked Río Chagres.
There are echoes of Disneyland, with an on-site golf course, spa, gym, marina, swimming pool and bar-restaurant. There’s even an aerial tram that brings you up into the canopy, as well as guided nature walks and birdwatching trips (at extra cost). The website offers special package deals, which often include activities, meals and transfers.
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Gamboa Rainforest Resort feature balconies with garden or river views. All accommodation includes a flat-screen cable TV and a marble bathroom with free toiletries.
The Gamboa’s restaurant serves international cuisine, and room service is available. The resort also has a gift shop and a tour desk, where you can book airport transfers and jungle adventure tours.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort is situated a 2-minute drive from the Panama Canal and around a 35-minute drive from Albrook Shopping Centre and Panama City Airport. Free private parking is provided for guests.