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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 walk if you need to kill some time

We spend about 5 days in Panama City and we had some time to kill. I would not go here if you are travelling through panama and or going to Costa Rica because there are way better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We spend about 5 days in Panama City and we had some time to kill. I would not go here if you are travelling through panama and or going to Costa Rica because there are way better parks. But for a park in a city it was nice and it is not expensive to get there. Entrance is 4$ for... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We visited the Metropolitan Park and we arrived at an inappropriate time. Everyone knows that 10.30am is not good for birdwatching! On top of that the rainy season had started and by the time we arrived at the lookout point for the city we were soaked through by a tropical downpour and our own sweat due to the humidity. However,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

I walked here from Casco Viejo (not recommended as takes ages and lots of main roads to navigate around!) and the ranger at the office was friendly and helpful. Walks were nice, quiet when away from the road, but not so authentic that you felt like you were in a rainforest away from everything. The walks took less time than... More 

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Rotherham UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We got there at about 8.00 because we read that we needed to be there early to get the best chance of seeing any wildlife. We were very patient, quiet and spent long periods standing still but saw nothing at all. That said, it was a pleasant walk and the staff in the visitor centre were friendly and very informative.

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Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

In my opinion is a little bit expensive (tourists) for what it is. Trekking path that lasts probably an hour. National Parks should be free for everyone. Be careful on the time you got there since after 4 or 4:30 pm the entry is restricted. There are some rangers' control points so one have to pass the last one at... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I live in Panama and have been here many times. Sometimes I run on the trails and sometimes I just go to hike to get stunning views of the cities. Favorite part... seeing basilisk lizards run across the small pond along one of the main trails. I see them almost every time I go there!

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

For $3 a few hours in the Parque Nacional is worth a visit. We were there in March and that's the dry season - that means dry, and hot! It was a long hike up to the view point, but we did see a grey furry bundle up a tree that said "I'm a sloth!" Not much other wildlife, although... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is an inner city park that is the largest in the country. It supports animal wildlife and while visiting we saw sloths (2), tamarind monkeys (a group) and heard the weirdest sounds off in the distance. Howler monkeys!!! We weren't fortunate enough to see them but they sung throughout most of our walk. The park has many hills and... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Spent 1.5 hours walking through the park, didn't see anything spectacular, but great views from the top over Panama City, and the ships waiting to enter the Canal. Interesting trees, and lots of termite nests in them

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new york city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Parque Metropolitano is a gem in the city outskirts, accessible by taxi or car, with well marked trails and a visitors ' center.

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