Yesterday we took a stroll through the rainforest and climbed a viewing tower up above the canopy.
While it was lovely and we had water, juice, and snacks, we were dripping, absolutely dripping, with sweat. And it wasn’t even a long walk. And we took it at half-Arnold pace.
We drove into Gamboa, a little old town in the old Panama Canal Zone and out on a dirt road to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
An interesting thing about most of the tourist spots here in Panama (and in a few other Central American countries I’ve visited) is that tourists pay a significant bit more than residents. So like in Costa Rica, we paid 15 each to see Volcan Poas while residents pay like 5 bucks. But then on the plus side, more often than not, kids 12 and under are free or pay a nominal amount. So for this place our two youngest paid 2 bucks each and the rest of us paid $20. 20 for a 2km wander through the forest is a bit overmuch, but the canopy tower was super super amazing.
Fantastic view of Gatun Lake
We found a monkey!
The funniest part was the coffee station at the midpoint of the trail. Some coffee fairy has piping hot delicious coffee ready for weary hikers. Amazing.