Canopy Family Panama

Activities for Everyone


The Canopy Bed and Breakfast is located in the town of Gamboa, 40 minutes from Panama City. Set in a small town with a population of 500, one would assume that there is very little to do around our Gamboa Bed and Breakfast, but in fact there are many things to do in Gamboa for people of all ages and preferences. Below, we have compiled a list of activities surrounding our Gamboa Bed and Breakfast with easy access.

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center/Museum

The Miraflores Locks Visitor Center is located just 15 minutes from Gamboa. At this popular museum you will find 4 exhibition halls, a theatre playing the history of the Canal, a restaurant with exquisite cuisine and beautiful views of the famous locks. While visiting here you will most likely get the chance to see a ship make its way through the locks on its journey through the center passage of the world! For another special experience you can dine at the restaurant for dinner and watch the canal at night, illuminated with lights from below.

Please read more at their website by clicking here.

Barro Colorado Island

Located just a short walk from our Gamboa Bed and Breakfast, guests can find Barro Colorado Island administered by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).This island, the largest in Gatun Lake, is home to a internationally recognized biological center. Offering rich history and an abundance of nature observing, BCI offers day long tours of the island. BCI is one of the more popular things to do in Gamboa, and it fills up quickly, so please make sure to book your trip here before arriving at the Canopy B&B. To set up your trip (including transportation) through the Canopy B&B  to visit BCI, please contact us.

Nature Exhibits at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Just a short walk from our Gamboa Bed and Breakfast are the nature exhibits located at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Exhibits include:

  • Orchid & plant nurseries
  • Serpentarium
  • Butterfly house
  • Fresh water fish & reptiles ecology exhibit

Summit Botanical Garden and Zoo

The Summit Botanical Garden and Zoo is home to over 15,000 exotic plants and animals, many of which are considered endangered species. Dating back to 1923, the botanical gardens were created by the American government to reproduce and distribute tropical plants around the world. In 1962 animals were added to the location. Along with the zoo and many acres of grassy walking areas, there is a small restaurant and recreation areas for children.

Embera Village Tour

This half-day excursion lets you experience the authenticity and culture of the indigenous tribe of the Embera Ella-Puru people. Get the chance to indulge yourself in a traditional Panamanian meal, or purchase some beautiful baskets, jewelry or other handicrafts. Please book your trip before arriving at the B&B, as it's one of the more popular things to in Gamboa.

Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga, a picturesque island set 19 km (12 miles) off the coast of Panama City, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Spend the day enjoying the sea breeze, exploring the island and getting to know the friendly natives. Isla Taboga has some of the richest history in Panama. Throughout the centuries the location has served as conquistador Francisco Pizzaro's departing point to on his way to conquer Peru and a treasure spot for pirates exploring the open seas. It also became a port for the Pacific Steamship Navigation Company and  over time a military training base for U.S. soldiers during WWII. From Gamboa, one can take the public bus to the Amador Causeway to catch the 45-minute ferry to the island. For more information visit here. Reference: Frommer's Panama


Bicycle Rentals at the Canopy B&B

Canopy B&B Bikes



The Canopy Bed & Breakfast has two new (2014) high-quality mountain bikes available for rental during your stay in Gamboa. These bikes are a great way to find fun things to do in Gamboa. You can take a bike ride down Pipeline Road through Soberania National Park, or explore the historic Canal town of Gamboa.

$5 / hour
$25 full day





Canopy B&B Bikes
Enjoying Gamboa by bicycle

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