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Metropolitan National Park

Address: Panama City, Panama
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$192*
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Ranked #14 of 67 Attractions in Panama City
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s...
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, 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 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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Tonosi, Panama
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This a refreshing and cool walk in the morning. The trail is very easy and non-strenuous, with very nice views of the city. We didn't see much wildlife.

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Brisbane
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116 reviews 116 reviews
28 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Pretty good for the $4 entry fee. One section was closed off at the time we were there but there was still plenty of paths to walk. Compared with Pipeline Rd we thought the birding was a little quiet. We did see 2 sloths thanks to the security guard at the Miraflores gate entrance (not the main entrance). Not bad.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Quite a hike! Take water. Lots of great plants, we did not see or hear any monkeys. Be sure to look at the ground you are walking on so you don't miss the leaf cutter ant trails- crazy long trails! Amazing seeing such tiny ants carry such big pieces of leaves.

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Cambridge, MA
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148 reviews 148 reviews
72 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I was taken here by a guide to note the route that Bolivar took to get to the Caribbean side of Panama I believe. It's a lovely place. Very lush paths and a small zoo. I did not see all of it as it is huge but what I did see was very worthy.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Worthwhile to see the rain forest and it's tranquil setting as you hike the trails and enjoy the quietness of your surrounding you might get lucky and see some of the local wildlife of the park along the trails.

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Definitely a must in Panama City. A great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Go in the morning for the best opportunity to see wildlife. Great view of the city at the top! $5 cab ride from the city center area.

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Managua
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was my favorite excursion in Panama and I can't believe I waited until my 3rd trip to go there!! It's right in the city, but you'd never know it! There were hiking trails (easy and moderate), fantastic tropical plants, lots of wild life to see (including monkeys and tropical birds), and great views of the water and city skyline.... More 

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Leesville, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Amazing trek through a rainforest. Its small enough that you can do it in a couple hours (all the trails are a combined 5k, or around 3.2mi). The people at the office where you buy your ticket ($4 per adult) spoke English and give you tips (such as don't touch the caterpillars, they sting). Since you'll spend a great deal... More 

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New York City, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We decided to take a walk on several trails in the Metropolitan National Park. The trails are well marked and easy to traverse. We walked to the top of several trails and had nice views of Panama City. We were fortunate to see several Sloths and colorful parrots.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

That is another nice national park that offers a varity of nice Short walks with great views over the City and the Jungel! A have to do! So close to the City so much nature. There are some animals, which you can find everywhere in Panama or Costa Rica, but you have to walk slowly and open your eyes....;) no... More 

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