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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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Hiking in the City

This is a very large and nice park. I think it could be considered the "Central Park" of Panama. But unlike NYC's Central Park, this one is filled with tropical delights. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Nuremberg, Germany
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We walked the whole park within 2 or 3 hours and we stopped a lot to watch animals. We saw monkeys, cuatis, ants and their massive trails, turtles, agutis, sloths, birds, hummingbirds, geckos/lizards running ON the water, old rotting structures, huge trees, plants, flowers. Also very exciting for 12-year-olds!

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

WE had a very special time in this place and always will be keep in our memories. After so many years of not been in Panama City, we finally had a family reunion and what a beautiful place that we choose to have it, very beautiful place and enclave in the meadle of the canal rainforest.

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Memphis
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269 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a very large and nice park. I think it could be considered the "Central Park" of Panama. But unlike NYC's Central Park, this one is filled with tropical delights. The tropical trees and plants are splendid, the views are great and there are many birds around as well as a turtle pond. Take a trail walk and enjoy... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Nice paths, lots of animals can be seen there - sloths, birds,squirrels, monkeys, ... 4usd the entrance fee but worth it. We went in the afternoon and saw quite a lot, but probably best to go early in the morning

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I have never been a bird watcher before, but my bird watching friends told me I HAD to do so while in Panama because of the huge number of species there. And who would think you could do this right in the middle of Panama City? But you can! If you are an inexperienced birder as I was, find a... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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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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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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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