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Metropolitan National Park

Panama City, Panama
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #17 of 58 attractions in Panama City
Type: National Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Birdwatching
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s Ancon district, and is the only protected area in Central America located within... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Martell
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a true rain forest in the middle of Panama City...it offers a strong climb to the top of the park, but the view of the City is worth the effort

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Hard to believe this is in the city. This was the only place we saw monkeys on our entire trip. Also saw a large toucan.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Panama's city lung...as it is called, right in the city, and is a great hike, bring lots of water, binoculars to see tucans, monkies and neques. Come in the afternoon when animals come out, but not too late otherwise you can't finish the hike.

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Oakland, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

It's amazing that this park is in the middle of a bustling city because it's definitely got a "remote jungle" feel to it. We spent a morning here birding and, although neither my friend nor I are birders, we had a fabulous time. We went with a great guide, Archie Kirchman, who knows an amazing amount about birds and wildlife... More

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Boquete, Panama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is the true jungle experience in the middle of Panama City! The hikes are not too strenuous but it is literally a sauna on the trails! That being said, it is totally worth it--we saw a crocodile in the lake, motmot bird (quite rare to spot), capuchin monkeys, lizards, agouti and of course many tropical plants and trees. Highest... More

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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The hike was long and hot but the wild life that we saw was spectacular! Little buggy but worth it. We didn't have much time but my family really busted it to cover the longest trail in search of monkeys. We found them close to the end of our jouney. Beautiful little spider monkeys play in trees everywhere. As we... More

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El Cerrito, CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Metropolitan Park is a rain forest within 5 minutes of anywhere in the city (unless you are in one of the hundreds of traffic jams in this city). We spent about 4 hours here, starting early in the morning, just watching and photographing birds, from the Trogan (Panama's relative of the quetzal) to the Cuckoo. This is a fabulous... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I repeat... DO NOT forget bug spray. If you don't have any... don't even go. I think it is wonderful that Panama has set aside such a large area in the city and I really wanted to enjoy my visit here... but since my dumb @ss forgot the Deet it was rather miserable. I did a trail that supposedly should... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This location was awesome for a day hike through a rain forest. Saw lots of animals a long the paths walked. Remember to bring bug spray :) The staff was very nice and spoke English. I would do this again. Look in the trees for Monkeys and other animals.

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Romford
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We went for a hike on our last day in Panama. It was very hot and humid. Ater hiking for 1 hour all we saw were ants and lizards - no mammals and not the massive varity of bird life we know inhabits Panama. Go further into the jungle if you want to nature watch!

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