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“Be in nature right near the city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Metropolitan National Park

Metropolitan National Park
Panama City, Panama
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$192*
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Ranked #28 of 131 things to do in Panama City
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
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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.
Contadora Island, Panama
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“Be in nature right near the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The trails are well kept and there are stopping points with a few under cover for anyone who needs them. Best to go early in the morning or a few hours before sunset. It does close around 6 pm. It is amazing to be so near a city and be in such a gorgeous forest. It is an easy walk and there are lots of amazing trees and some birds.

Visited February 2013
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“Great place for nature in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stopped here for an afternoon of hiking. The staff at the visitors centre and rangers station were very helpful and spoke excellent english. The estimates they have on time it will take to walk each trail are realatively high, to give you time to watch for wildlike and read some of the plaques. The look-out point over the city was beautiful and not very steep to reach.

Visited February 2013
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Lexington, MA
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“Nice Trails and Outdoor Sights in Panama City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Metropolitan National Park is a short taxi ride from downtown Panama City. The trails are well marked and well maintained and we were able to see many beautiful birds, butterflies and even a coati (long, anteater-like animal). The park rangers at the visitor center were very helpful as well

Visited February 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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“Worth the climb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

What a gorgeous respite in the middle of Panama City! Gorgeous views of the city and ocean from the top. The trees and plants are beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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Spokane
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“Get-away from the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I went up there to get away from the city noise and believe it or not, I was the only one there! The hiking trails are clearly marked and lead to some viewpoints over the city. I saw several mammals and birds there but was unable to identify them. There also some nice benches and picknick areas by park headquarters.

Visited February 2013
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