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Metropolitan National Park

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Address: Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Birdwatching
Description: This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s Ancon...
This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s Ancon district, and is the only protected area in Central America located within city boundaries. Standing along the Panama Canal’s eastern shore, it’s home to dozens of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and trees. With lookout points, four well-marked trails, a scenic road and a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute canopy crane structure, guests can explore on their own. The Park also offers guided tours to groups for a fee (five-person minimum) if booked well in advance.
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The forest in the city

The park is only a short distance from Panama city centre. It has well laid out trails and rises to a lookout from which there are great views over the city and canal. The park is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Waterford, Ireland
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English first
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Cost's pennies and you don't see much... Skip this if you want and you won't be missing much lol... .........................................

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Cancun, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My wife and I took a taxi from Albrook Mall to the park (2.5 USD for the two of us; some drivers asked for 5, but we said no, because it is really close). The entrance fee was 4 USD each. The trees make the heat a little more bearable, but we saw other tourists having some trouble. Take a... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Managed to see some rare black and white owls. Amazing! Also observed a Tucan in flight and several other brightly-colored birds.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Although the weather is a little bit humid, the sights cannot be upset by this factor. Also there´s a lot of life going on there, from birds, to capiwaras, monkeys and if you´re lucky, maybe an eagle.

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Waterford, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The park is only a short distance from Panama city centre. It has well laid out trails and rises to a lookout from which there are great views over the city and canal. The park is connected to the forest belt so that animals are truly wild. Our visit was during the afternoon when bird activity was low but we... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visited this park because we were just dying to see a sloth and monkeys, and we did! When we started walking on that path I asked a guy who worked there where was that I could find the sloths, he pointed a tree and there was a sloth, sleeping but we could perfectly see it. We kept walking and... More 

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Ermelo, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Take a walk in this "park" early in the morning (2 entrances). Nature just in the city. We've seen butterflies, beautiful birds, a small capibara, sloths, parasol-ants etc. etc. Don't talk, just walk (and stand still). A wonderful view at het modern city from here.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a great park located in town. It's quite a hike on dirt path but well worth the time to visit! Take water with you to stay hydrated.....

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Michigan
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I did every trail in this park and loved it. I saw lots of beautiful birds, a 2-toed sloth, and a couple lizards. Go early to avoid the crowds and the heat. I felt perfectly safe hiking alone. It's easy to catch a taxi at the entrances after your hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We spend about 5 days in Panama City and we had some time to kill. I would not go here if you are travelling through panama and or going to Costa Rica because there are way better parks. But for a park in a city it was nice and it is not expensive to get there. Entrance is 4$ for... More 

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Address: Address: Panama City, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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