Posted September 15th, 2004, 05:12 PM
We did it last Decmber-a bit earlier in the day than your tour. We left from Colon (as opposed to leaving from a ship anchored in Gatun Lake). The trip to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort was about 90 miuntes each way. The tram ride itself was ok but not spectacular. We saw mostly foliage-one monkey and a few birds. I believe the noise of the tram causes animals to move away. That said, the experience is interesting and, at the top of the tramway, a tower provides maginficant views of the canal.
Those passsengers who did the "zip line" treetop trips in Costa Rica and Roatan reported seeing far more wildlife than we did. (On the "zipline", one is in a harness swinging silently between platforms.)
My overall recomendation would be to skip the tram-especially if this is your first trip to Panama. We had spent time in Panama on several trips over decades and wanted to take this tour, in part, because it took us in to areas of the country which had been off limits during American control of the zone. Seeing the Gamboa Rainforest Resort was, thereefore, of interest.
If you are a young and energetic English Lady, I would then suggest a trip to the zipline at Coral and Almonds south of Puerto Limon (see Costa Rica port board for lots of info on this trip).