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Metropolitan National Park

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Address: Avenue Juan Pablo II final, Panama City 0843-03129, Panama
Phone Number: 507232-5552
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Tremendous potential but learn about chiggers

This 573 acre park located in Panama City is a gem in the rough. Not only does it have great natural history but it also has other history. It was part of the American occupation... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stan J
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Princeton, New Jersey
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Metropolitan National Park offers great views of the city as well as Playa Bonita and the Westin! There is an aquarium on site with starfish, sea cucumbers, and plenty of fish from the different oceans. Furthermore, you may see iguanas and sloths!

Thank Engerdes
Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the entire trail. Besides a nice view from the summit (which is identical to Ancon Hill), we did not enjoy this walk. Much of the path is along a main road and the gravel use on the path is hard on the feet. No animals seen, and heard very little birds. Granted, we went in late morning. Save... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This 573 acre park located in Panama City is a gem in the rough. Not only does it have great natural history but it also has other history. It was part of the American occupation to oust Noreaga. Large cement structures labeled aircraft engine construction and testing. Came across a radial engine in the woods. Ponds with turtles. Three toes... More 

1 Thank Stan J
Fort McMurray, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the pleasure of taking this hike. $4 dollars to enter the park. Bring some water, you'll need it! Not too challenging as Im not an avid hiker. Took under two hours and we stopped to enjoy the thick forest, and a few random reptiles and animals. Great views of the city once you hit the peek look out points.

Thank Steedman1982
Montreal, Canada
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271 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Metropolitan Natural Park is located in downtown Panama City, the entrance fee is 4$, in less than 30 minutes, you can climb and reach the top of the hill and have a beautiful view on the skyline. That's it in my case. Otherwise, no much to see, we haven't seen any live animals, maybe due to the time of... More 

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to imagine a national park basically in the middle of a city but this one is 10 minutes outside of Panama City. The trails that we chose were easy and we saw some really interesting wild life - termites, Aztec ants, two toes sloths, turtles, etc. A nice way to spend a few hours.

Thank Elaine S
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Metropolitan Park is described as a jungle park adjacent to the city. Other than a romantic walking park in a hot and humid neighbourhood, there are no attractions other than reaching the highest hill, the Mirador, which is the second highest point of the city (Ancon Hill is the highest). From the main entrance, it takes up to an... More 

2 Thank marathon308
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's incredible to see a wildlife refuge that exists so well within an ultra modern city! Unfortunately, we were short on time and managed to only do the two intermediate trails. I wish we could have done all! But in the one hour we had, we saw four cute agoutis, a sloth, several birds, a red headed lizard, leaf-cutter ants... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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104 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the trails are awesome with memorable vistas of city. there is a $4 fee for the trails but well worth it. you can walk from albrook mall but i recommend a taxi. when you done there is a taxi stand (and they will rip you off). go out to road and flag a taxi. easy to do.

Thank TexasTerry_12
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44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is good enough for what it is - a quick way to get to the rainforest from the City. You can do a quick hike, see some nice views (although, their best vantage point is completely over grown w/ trees making it a bit difficult to see what's there) and feel that you got some exercise, but if you... More 

1 Thank Sondra W

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