Canopy Tower Ecolodge & Nature
Observatory - Panama City, Panama
The Canopy Tower was
built in 1965 by the United States Air Force to house a powerful radar used in
the defense of the Panama Canal. By 1969, the site was jointly used by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to control air traffic in the area, and by
the Panama Canal Commission (PCC) as a communications tower. The FAA permit
terminated on its own terms in June of 1979 and its function was deactivated,
but the PCC continued to use a small area of the tower until 1995. In September
of 1988, the radar tower received an important new assignment when it was
reactivated as Site One in the Caribbean Basin Radar Network (CBRN). This
network of radars was used by the United States government to detect airplanes
suspected of carrying drugs from South America. The tower played this role until
June of 1995 when it was closed and left vacant waiting for better days.
In November of 1996, the radar tower and the Semaphore Hill site, consisting of
approximately 35 acres of rainforest within Soberanía National Park, was
transferred to Panama in compliance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. The
government of Panama, in turn, signed a long term concession contract with
Divertimento Ecológico, S. A., a panamanian corporation, to transform the site
into a center for the observation of the neotropical rainforest. A fitting use
for Panama, a peace loving country with no armed forces. In the picture to the
left, the radar tower is now The Canopy Tower, an exclusive ecolodge offering
its guests an extraordinary opportunity to appreciate the rich and diverse fauna
and flora of Soberanía National Park.
4th floor - Observation Deck, 50 feet above the ground, from this level you have
an amazing 360 degree view of the protected forest of Soberania National Park,
as well of the Panama Canal, Panama City and the Pacific Ocean. This is the
place to be at dawn and at dusk. The opportunities to see wildlife are
3rd floor - Dining room, living room, library, internet. Guests gather here for
cocktails, take their meals, compare birdlists, and check the library.
2nd floor - The Blue Cotinga Suite and Canopy Rooms are on the second floor.
1st - The Harpy Eagle Suite and the Single Rooms are on the first floor.
The Ground floor has a souvenir shop and the office of the General Manager.
For More Information:
Ecolodge & Nature Observatory
Address: Apartado 0832-2701 WTC
City, Republic of Panama