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Pipeline Road - Soberania National Park

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Perhaps Panama’s most famous birding destination, Pipeline Road, is located inside Soberania National Park. The park, measuring 48,287 acres (19,541 hectares) in size, was established in 1980 and contains numerous trails, one of which is Pipeline Road.

Approximately 10.5 miles (17 km) in length, the road is well maintained and composed primarily of dirt and stones. Dense forest lines both sides of the trail, leaving few areas with expansive views.

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The first 5 miles (8 km) are relatively flat and easy to walk; there are several small bridges you’ll need to cross. The second half is more challenging, with some moderately steep hills to climb.

Getting to Pipeline Road

Google Map - Pipeline Road Google Map - Albrook Bus Terminal

There are no public Metro buses that reach the entrance of Pipeline Road; they only go as far as Summit Gardens. From there, I suppose it would be difficult to find transportation to take you the rest of the way. There are, however, small, private mini-vans that service Gamboa daily from the Albrook bus terminal. They depart four times daily, from behind the food eatery—to the right of Niko's Cafe. The trip costs $2.00 each way, per person. From Panama City, a taxi will probably charge you $30-$35 each way.

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