"Botanical garden Summit." Panamá City Things to Do Tip by elsadran
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The botanical Garden Summit is 10 kilometers past Miraflores Locks on Gamboa Road and was founded in 1923 with the intention of introducing tropical plants of other countries to Panama. During World War II it was used for the training of soldiers to survive in the forest. In 1957 it was transformed to a park and zoo. In 1971 it resumed its botanical research function by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Finally it was returned to Panama in 1979 and it is now a recreational, educational and conservation center visited both by Panamanians and tourists.You can reach this by public bus and combine it with your visit to the canal. The place is very pleasant and attracts a lot of locals especially on weekends who come here with their children to have a respite from the heat of the city. There are about 15 millions of trees and plants and a small zoo. Among the animals you can see are tigers, tapirs, anteaters, ocelots, monkeys, wildcats, crocodiles, macaws, and the most important, the national bird of the country, the Agila Arpia, a kind of eagle which is in extinction.
When I was there visitors were allowed to paint the wooden benches to their liking so I could see whole families eagerly engaged in the task .
Camping is permitted for 5$ per tent, but you should call well ahead.
The Gamboa bus stops outside the gate.
Open every day from 9:00 to 5:00 every day all year around. Admission 1$ for tourists.
Phone: 223 4850-fax : 232 4854
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