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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
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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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Start early--great experience, but a hot and sweaty climb.

we started on the trail early with the intention to take as many trails as possible on our way to the Mirador lookout. Easy, steady climb to the top, with undulating hills. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved our walks in this rainforest! Nice trails with about 150 mtr hight difference. Different monkeys, sloths, birds, lizards, butterflies, leaf cutter ants etc. We did not use a guide but with some experience you can easily spot all animals yourself. Hot, humid and sweaty. Nice views. Because it is in the middle of Panama City expect some roadnoise.

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Panama City, Panama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Long walk with little to show for it. Even the views were not good. We tried to find some monkeys to look at but there were none. Very very hot!

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Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got to park as soon as it opened (8am). I saw very little (granted, I'm not a guide, but I have been guided through lots of parks). It's got to be a much better idea to go to Soberania National Park - and definitely get a guide. I just didn't have the time. In the MNP, there were runners and... More 

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Penguin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we started on the trail early with the intention to take as many trails as possible on our way to the Mirador lookout. Easy, steady climb to the top, with undulating hills. We were rewarded with views of tamarin monkeys following us in the high canopy. Near the top, we marvelled at the site of thousands of leaf cutter ants... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Parque Metropolitano end of July. It was extremely humid and we already started sweating without any walking. So be sure bringing enough water (they also offer bottled water at the office). First how to get there? Most people recommend taking a cab, which is probably the easiest way. We took the Metro to Albrook and walked... More 

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Aachen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this place by taxi, it is cheap to go there. The entrance costs not much for what you got...a nice rainforest to walk in. For animals, you have to be there early, but also around midday you can see turtles, birds and sloths. We meet a police man there who was super friendly to us and showed us... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

We arrived around 9:30am and didn't see any animals except some turtles and a small rodent like creature. The hike was nice and we did see a lot of butterflies.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

I took my kids for this trails , and the view of the animal they have around. That day rained but we have fun. This is part of the trip when you go to the forest.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic walk in the city of Panama. Amazing flora and if you are lucky you can spot Titi monkeys, sloths and we saw an insanely long trail of carrier ants. It costs $4 entry. Wear trainers as there are lots of hills!

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

If you're looking to spend a little time outdoors and see some of the most spectacular views of the Panamaian skyline, then I would absolutely recommend adding this to your list. The hike is by no means flat, but I did not find it especially challenging either (we were passed by a few joggers along the way if that tells... More 

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