The back view of Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Panama
This is where we spent four of our six nights in Panama. We stayed our first and last nights near the airport to simplify logistics as we arrived late and left early. The location of this hotel is right in the middle of the rainforest, built on land that was once used by the U.S. Military. Now this hotel features many ecological exhibits on its grounds: an orchid nursery, a butterfly house, a serpenterium, an acquarium and even a replica of a village of the Embera indigenous people where representatives appear to demonstrate items from their culture. It was one of the most relaxing places I have visited in years. See the official website of this beautiful place here.
All the rooms face a view of the Chagres River and Gatun Lake. Below is what we saw each time we walked out onto our balcony.
View of Chagres River from our balcony
We rose early each morning and walked in the rainforest, spotting birds, agouti and capibara. The agouti is a rodent about the size of small dog like a jack russell terrier. The Capibara, a nocturnal animal, is the world's largest rodent. The morning wake-up call was birdsong. We took a nocturnal walk sponsored by the hotel and saw a few animals and heard a lot of night calls.
We saw such signs for various animals along roads & trails.