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Pipeline Road, perhaps Panama's most famous birding destination, is situated inside Soberania National Park, which itself is located within the Panama and Colon provinces. 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; there are several others nearby.
Measuring approximately 10.5 miles (17 km) in length, the road is very well maintained and has a base composed primarily of dirt and stone. Vehicle traffic is accommodated and should be expected. There are very few open areas that offer expansive views, most of the trail is lined with thick forest. As well, there are no benches or seats along the trails. The first 5 miles (8 km) are relatively flat and provide for easy walking. There are numerous wooden bridges along the way, all very safe and easy to cross. The second half of the trail has more hills, some of them fairly steep, but the road itself is in good condition. (if you plan to drive on the road to the park's interior section it is recommend that you do so in a 4x4, rather than a passenger vehicle.)
We recommend that you bring bottled water, as there is no fresh water available inside the park, other than fresh water steams, which may or may not interest you. The Discovery Center, which is a private reserve located approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) from the park entrance, can be accessed from Pipeline Road and does sell bottled water and other refreshments at their visitors center.
Entering the Park:
How to Get to Pipeline Road
The cost is less than $1.00 and takes approximately 45 minutes. Monday - Friday the buses depart from 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., leaving every hour. On weekends, the buses depart from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., leaving every hour. The last bus departs Gamboa at 10:00 p.m. for Panama City. The buses that depart for Gamboa depart from the Terminal's far left side, just behind the Burger King restaurant, which is located in the food eatery.
NOTE: buses to Gamboa also pass Summit Gardens, so you can take this bus to get to Summit Gardens as well.