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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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Nice hike - go early for birds!

There are two hiking trails in the park. Both are relatively easy, but you should be in decent shape as the heat & humidity also add to the challenge. We arrived at the park at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are two hiking trails in the park. Both are relatively easy, but you should be in decent shape as the heat & humidity also add to the challenge. We arrived at the park at 6:00a.m. with a guide to see some birds. We saw several tucans, two different species of monkeys and lots of little birds. You do not... More 

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Banning, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Magnificent . Went early morning (no rain) took the Monot Titi trail to the top of Cedro Hill and could see the Panama Canal. Make sure you take water and be prepared for a long humid hike if you take the long trail. We did see turtles, ants, birds and lizards. Ask the administrator where you may see some of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We arrived at the park by about 9:30 a.m. and took our time walking (about 4 hours) through the whole park quietly and alertly. Overall it's an easy hike; the loops are short (1.1 km or less). We kept our distance from a group of school children that was ahead of us; perhaps they were the reason that we didn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 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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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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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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Address: Panama City, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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