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Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Ivan is a very thoughtful guy. He helped me to figure out the logistics of my trip, including arranging meals on the go and transportation. Ivan's BB is beautiful and small, and he has an amazing garden. The room was very comfortable and clean. Amenities include an awesome shower. I would recommend anyone going through Gamboa to stay there.

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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

There are moments in life that you need a break from the mundane, a separation from the smog of the city. Those moments in life where you are expiriencing yourself. Not becouse of a broken heart but rather expiriencing a crack in your soul. As tourist a majority of us are looking for that easy fix on an out of...

Thank Efrain H
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Only had a short stay but Ivan hooked me up with an excellent guide, saw over 80 species in less than a day. Relatively close to Panama City. Room was just as described, a/c worked great. Ivan studied in the U.S. so English was perfect. I was made to felt very welcome. Short walk to Gamboa Resort. Will stay again...

1Thank C6640BUdavidw
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

My wife Jacky and I visited my old friend Ivan's B&B and it was a wonderful time. The room was really comfortable, food was great,the company was fun.We hiked the old pipeline road looking for and finding monkeys, Tucans , sloath...It was really nice. We saw ships transiting the panama canal . we enjoyed a real Gamboa downpour!... If you...

Jefferson City, Missouri
Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you are looking for a reasonably priced clean room, good food, and buckets of information, Ivan's B&B is the place to stay. It is within walking distance (20 min) of the Ammo Dump Ponds, and the entrance to Pipeline Road. Also an easy walk to the marina and local foot trails. Ivan is a wealth of knowledge when it...

Thank JohnH1623
Rhode Island
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I've stayed at Ivan's multiple times and I've never been disappointed. It is the ideal HQ for serious Pipeline Road birding. Ivan is very accommodating and makes it easy to concentrate on nothing but the birds. The rooms are perfect, the food is fantastic and the town of Gamboa is an absolute gem. Aside from camping on Pipeline, I would...

2Thank Charles C
San Carlos, Panama
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Our group of 8 booked 4 rooms for one night in Gamboa to enjoy this very special little town and to be near the Smithsonian dock for an early morning boat trip to Barro Colorado. As we drove up to the B&B, the owner, Ivan, greeted us with a harsh admonition, "You can't park here. This is reserved for family."...

Thank birdophile
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Our party of 8 rented the whole of Ivan's building. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 of which have double beds and one has twin beds. Unfortunately, the twin bedroom's air conditioning didn't work. The two people who were supposed to stay in that room couldn't tolerate the lack of a/c and moved to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Ivan wasn't apologetic...

Thank 757debbieg
Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 12 December 2015

I stayed at Ivan's in 2013 and was so taken with the hospitality that this was my first choice for a return trip. Thankfully, nothing has changed. Ivan is still the informative, sociable fella that he was the first go-round, Gladys still cooks a lovely, simple dinner, rooms are simple but clean and well air-conditioned and the location is unmatched...if...

2Thank Chip S
Reviewed 22 November 2015

I had just one night to spend in Gamboa, a true last-minute trip after working the week in the city. I called Ivan using Skype on a Thursday evening and he advised me how to get to Gamboa using public buses. I arrived at 8:00 PM and was warmly greeted. Ivan quickly got me into my room and oriented to...

1Thank Nathan B

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our B&B was found in 2005 and it is in the historic town of Gamboa located aprox 25 Km from Panama City. The house was built totally in wood under rustic structures in 1936 Our family operated B&B is mostly dedicated to Birding and Nature observation comprised of 4 rooms, 2 rooms located in the ground floor and 2 rooms located in the upper floor all with full privacy & comforts. Our service objective is focused on personalized attention to our guest, The historic Town of Gamboa is mainly a residential area without commercial activity . Gamboa is located within the Soberania National Park offering superb biodiversity of plants, birds, mammals and insects. Please note there are no supermarkets, restaurants, bars and /or cafe's in the residential area ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge

Address: Jadwin Avenue 111, Gamboa 0043, Panama (Formerly Ivan's Bed & Breakfast)
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Price Range: $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“The double beds are pretty small for two people. The two rooms downstairs have private baths. The two upstairs rooms share a bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles 757debbieg, 2 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Wifi is slow and I only got it outside my room. Not an issue. You're not here to Tweet!”
 of 5 bubbles 98chips, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
“First room has best internet.”
 of 5 bubbles 547daves, 19 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Book ahead. There aren't many options in Gamboa.”
 of 5 bubbles 98chips, 27 Feb 2014 | Read review
“If your goal is to leave early in the morning (before 6am) to bird, request a downstairs room. This makes entry and exit easy without bothering any other guests.”
 of 5 bubbles 69CharlesC, 15 Mar 2013 | Read review
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