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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: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, 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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The forest in the city

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Waterford, Ireland
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Denver, CO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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San Clemente, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a great park located in town. It's quite a hike on dirt path but well worth the time to visit! Take water with you to stay hydrated.....

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Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I did every trail in this park and loved it. I saw lots of beautiful birds, a 2-toed sloth, and a couple lizards. Go early to avoid the crowds and the heat. I felt perfectly safe hiking alone. It's easy to catch a taxi at the entrances after your hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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