Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

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Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación
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lookin4luxury
Albany, OR410 contributions
Dec 2019
Education panels in Spanish. Sloths were active at feeding time about 12:30pm today. Great photo op. Gift shop with t-shirts for the sloth rescue program.
Written 28 December 2019
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cowgirl49
Santa Rosa Beach, FL248 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We loved this exhibit. It is part of a package at the Gamboa Rainforest Hotel . You get so close to the sloths but no touch! No need guides bring them right up to you!! They are actually pretty active👍 This was one of our favorite things.
Written 11 July 2019
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rcn
Maracay, Venezuela80 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Really good experience, the you get close the the wildlife, and the people who takes care of the animals
Written 5 July 2019
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tweety69bird
Montreal50 contributions
Apr 2019
I did the Rainforest tour package, which included the Tram ride, the Sloth sanctuary and the boat ride to see the monkey islands. A super great deal and day for the family. The staff were fantastic, especially Hector. They were running a bit late, and they came to find us in order to make a new plan, we didn't have to search out anyone. I was very impressed with this place. Great family activity.
Written 9 May 2019
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JDEKAM
Eden Prairie, MN78 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This place is really neat but kinda dangerous.

Very different from US zoos. Lots of different animals including caiman or alligators on the loose...so stay away from the pond! :)

Beautiful old setting and neat walking paths. Worth the time and money.

We skipped looking for Jaguars in the jungle after the Caimen on the loose! :) See pics
Written 4 April 2019
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Travel-Do F
Ontario, Canada68 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We were lucky to have 2 encounters with sloths in the wild while in Panama, but they were not up close. We purchased tickets online and ubered from the city to the sloth sanctuary. Some were feeding and were quite active at the time. We were able to ask questions. We also went to the see the butterflies, frogs and orchids which where also interesting but the best was the sloths. We gave a $10 donation and got a calendar. You won’t spend a lot of time here, but your time will be well spent.
Written 22 March 2019
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EReidy
180 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This is our second time visiting Panama. Sloths have always been on our list of "things to see" and this location offers you the very closest encounter. You might be luckier than us and see them in the wild - but we have only seen them waaaaaay up in the trees. At this location, we arrived just as they were feeding them (11:30 the day we went) and they were very active. Give them 20 minutes - and they are sound asleep! You do NOT need a guide. Buy your ticket online through the Gamboa Rainforest Resort (you don't need to stay there to purchase a ticket). If anyone has specific how-to questions - message me and I'll do my best to help. I see many tourists upset that they couldn't spend more time here because they were in a group. We bought tickets for the Conservation area before we left for Panama (we stayed at the lodge but you could easily get an uber from Panama city and not need a tour to take you here)- We started with the sloths (and spent 30 minutes here at least) and then continued to see orchids/frogs/butterflies and then went back to watch them sleep with the delightful relaxation music they put on for them after they are fed.
Written 11 March 2019
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Happywintertraveller
Saint Marys, PA86 contributions
Jan 2019
How can anyone resist these cute little creatures? It was amazing to see them eating carrots and leaves from their caretakers’ hands.
Written 14 February 2019
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NatureNerd007
15 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Awesome Sanctuary!

I visited this sanctuary, which is thru the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve, last week on Jan 17th, 2019. I was confused during my research about whether this is part of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort but can confirm now that it's on the same property - it's basically around the corner from the actual resort. So for those of you confused by that - you enter the area with the guard shack at the main front entrance, tell them you're there for the sanctuary tour, and you will be directed to take 2 lefts and then a right.

Allow me to also clear up confusion between the offerings on tours, etc. You do NOT have to be a guest at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in order to tour the sanctuary where the sloths are. I made reservations online w/my credit card and then paid w/cash at the entrance to the sanctuary. What I paid for was only for the sanctuary - we did not do the aerial tram tour too, but from what I saw online, there are a couple of tour options, that being one, where you can do the aerial tram tour AND the sloth sanctuary. For only the sanctuary tour, it was about $20 (USD) per person.

Once you pay and get your wrist band, you walk thru a very nice gift shop and into the sloth house. It is covered, but the sloths are not in cages - they're simply hanging w/in 3 different half-wall enclosures - the sloths are far enough away from the walls where they can't get out, but also far enough away so tourists can't simply reach in and touch them or grab them, etc. (best for all). However, you ARE close enough to them for some prime photo OP's! I was in heaven.

There were both 2-toed and 3-toed sloths in the exhibit - I believe 7 total sloths were there. These particular ones in the exhibit are imprinted and cannot be released back into the wild, but the conservation organization has others behind the scenes that are not available to the public, they are rehabbing to re-release back into the wild. The sloth house was really great and I absolutely LOVED it. I probably spent an entire hour just watching them and taking photos. (please don't be a jerkhole and use flashes in the sloths' faces!)

When you walk in, there is a tour guide that meets up w/you and gives you some good info about the sloths, but it's a short spiel - maybe 5 min and then you're free to spend as long as you like in there. While we were there, the conservationist team examined the sloths and fed them and it was really awesome to watch - the sloths LOVED snack time! They were SO cute to watch.

On the walk over to the other exhibits there, one of the same conservationists that works w/the sloths had a young anteater in another exhibit and was trying to get him to eat some termites. The baby attached himself to the man's leg and wouldn't let go for a couple of minutes, which made for a super cute and funny episode. He talked to us for a few minutes about the anteater and then we walked down a short way to the butterfly house, orchid nursery and frog habitat, which contained poison dart frogs. In these 3 spots, there were also individual tour guides there who talked for a few short minutes about each exhibit. I really enjoyed the info they shared, but since I'm not a fan of lengthy organized tours, the short snippets were perfect for me. I never felt rushed and after we were done, we made our way back to the sloth house to spend some more time there before hitting up the gift shop and then leaving.

For anyone in a wheelchair - the parking lot is gravel and so is everything but the gift shop and sloth house, which are both finished, smooth concrete surfaces, so just be aware it might be a little bumpy for you but it's definitely doable. The actual resort and roads to get around w/in the property are paved and very wheelchair friendly.

The sloth house has a donation box available, which goes directly to the AAPC, if you're interested in donating a little something while there. When I was there, for a $10 donation, you could also get a calendar and I thought that was great. I've seen some others make reviews/remarks that this facility is not the AAPC, but from what I understand, it most certainly is, but not necessarily THE main facility. I'm thinking this is a sister facility. Even still, not once did I think I was being mislead whatsoever. It was SO worth the visit and I had the best time seeing those little perezosas!

After leaving the sanctuary, we headed around the corner to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, where we walked around (the property is stunning) and had lunch at the Monkey Cafe (lunch and the service were not good, but the atmosphere was breathtaking). And as an added bonus, as we were leaving, we were able to observe 2 toucans up in the trees!

The last thing I will say is this - we had a rental car to get out here, so getting back home was not a problem. BUT, if you take an Uber or taxi out there, there are not readily available means of transportation to get back to the city. Remember, you ARE in a rain forest and it's not a high traffic area where Ubers and taxis hang out to wait for fares. So make sure you either have a rental or you get someone pre-arranged who will take you out there AND pick you up at your agreed upon time. And if you do that, I would also not pay the driver until they pick you up b/c otherwise, you have no guarantee someone will be there to get you.

I would most definitely recommend this for anyone who plans to visit Panama, loves sloths, bird watching, or just wants to find something super cool to go do for a few hours during the day that involves nature. The sanctuary was beautiful and you can tell they really love and care for their animals!
Written 21 January 2019
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Stacey A
Irvine, CA341 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Offering a good opportunity to see wildlife and foliage indigenous to the region for a good cause. Opted to hire a Uber driver in lieu of a tour, which saved money and time, and with flexibility to see what we wanted to see including the sloth! I wish they offered private options with a sloth interaction, but we were still able to see the sloth and other wildlife while learning from the guide.
Written 30 November 2018
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