Clients ascend in a gondola over the treetops in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s 140 ft. modified tower construction crane, used to study the forest canopy in the Park since 1990. This is a unique opportunity to view a tropical forest from bottom to top—more than 70% of the species living in tropical forests reside in the canopy, the uppermost layer of the forest.
The accompanying naturalist guide directs the crane operator, zeroing in on native flora and fauna such as sloth, monkey and iguana. More than 280 species of trees, 45 species of mammals and 250 species of nesting birds have been recorded in the Park—including the Peregrine Falcon, Lance-tailed Manakin, Orange-billed Sparrow, Red-napped Tamarin, Sepia-capped Flycatcher and Green Honeycreeper. Views of the forest canopy, the City skyline, and the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, alone are quite spectacular.
The private, naturalist-guided 45-minute tour is available on a limited basis, can accommodate up to four guests, is safely enclosed with wire screen and equipped with special emergency equipment. The gondola rises to 112 ft. from the ground, and has a radius from the center tower of 160 ft.
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