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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: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, 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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Good Hiking in the Middle of Panama City

The Metropolitan Park is fairly large, with enough steep hills to keep most average walkers huffing and puffing at points. Trails are well-marked and easy to follow, with signs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
TonyA56003
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Houston
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Houston
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112 reviews 112 reviews
43 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Metropolitan Park is fairly large, with enough steep hills to keep most average walkers huffing and puffing at points. Trails are well-marked and easy to follow, with signs every so often. A tour guide really isn't necessary, although they are available (at a price!). Birds are plentiful if not exotic - don't expect toucans and macaws flitting about -... More 

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Cleveland, OH & El Cangrjeo, Panama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It's a very large park - only was there once & took the trail to the summit & observation deck. Being from Cleveland, Ohio, I was tickled to see it has a "sister-connection"(?) to the MetroParks back home. (Which, if you visit CLE & like park systems, it's outstanding in my opinion.) I told my guide we can talk -... More 

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Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Convenient spot right in the center of Panama. At least five interesting well marked hiking trails. Great views and wildlife. $4 for non-residents, no map needed. I was alone and felt very safe.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Easy trails until the climb to the top. Steep, but if you take your time, not too strenuous. The view of Panama City from the top was breathtaking! The ladies in the office were kind and spoke some English which was advantageous for us. $4.00 entry fee per adult and bottled water Sol there for $1.00 each. We walked almost... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Amazing getaway for an urban park – seems as if you are out of the city on the heavily wooded hilly trails. Inexpensive admission. Saw many bird species and enjoyed spectacular views from the top of the Mono Titi trail. Bring water. Enjoyed by our whole family – our ages range from 11 years old to 58. The walk to... More 

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London
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to come across a guide pointing out a sleeping baby sloth in the trees, to a couple in the Metropolitan National Park. The guide then led us to see an adult sloth asleep high up in the eaves of an abandoned building. It is a lovely park, quiet, and away from the traffic in the city... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You do not need a tour or guide for this park. Get any taxi to take you there at like 5:45 a.m.; start at the visitor’s center. If you’re not alone, you could go at sundown too, but arrange for a taxi to come back for you. I think it was a $4 entrance fee. I bought a laminated bird... More 

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panama city, panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A nice walking trail with some elevation up to a view of downtown and the ocean. The hill up to the view is very steep, but well groomed.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I had the advantage of a guide being part of a Road Scholar group. Puffbirds, Lineated woodpeckers, motmots, tanagers, woodcreepers, seedeaters, and of course circling vultures and frigate birds were all to be seen. The trails do have some elevation gain, one trail leading up to an observation area overlooking Panama City. The trails are clearly marked and the $4... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

It is amazing that this park is in the city limits. Even if you don't see any birds or wildlife, it is a wonderful escape from the city. We did see lots of birds, monkeys, and sloths. You just have to be patient and look closely. It also helps if you go first thing in the morning.

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