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Metropolitan National Park

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Address: Avenue Juan Pablo II final, Panama City 0843-03129, Panama
Phone Number:
+507 232-5552
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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A natural escape!

A great little slice of heaven in the middle of the city. Step away to breathe & experience the glory of the Panama rain forest! The trails are well groomed & it's a very easy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great little slice of heaven in the middle of the city. Step away to breathe & experience the glory of the Panama rain forest! The trails are well groomed & it's a very easy hike. There is quite a bit of wildlife to see. I also encountered a recycling center in the back of the visitor center, which I... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking the well-marked trails of this lovely city park was a nice respite from the heat and hustle bustle of downtown. Although we didn't see many creatures, the views of the city from the highest point are incredible. Entrance fee is $4 per adult, and there are benches and tables if you want to pack a lunch. On-site bathrooms, but... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The literature says you can see monkeys, sloths, birds, etc. while we saw practically nothing, there were border groups there and so,e lovely paths to hike. I think you might need a guide to see the wildlife.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

For a mere $4.00 entry fee, you can enjoy easy to moderate hiking here. My group spotted a three-toed sloth in a tree. This was a fun activity for a group and a nice workout.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took Uber from our hotel and arrived past 9 am. It was overcast so not too hot. At the main entrance you buy ticket $4 for adult and $2 up to 17. You get a wrist band. Then you fill out a guest book with your names, ages and nationality as well as purpose of the visit. A staff... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful urban jungle. Easy to walk around. You can walk the long (and hot) route to a sightsee point in about 2 hours. We didn't see much animals, but the trees and plants are okay to. The view at the Panama city skyline is stunning.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A taxi to here from Albrook Mall should cost no more than 3$! The entry to the park is now $4 and you need 2-3 hours to spend, depending on which route you take. But the Los Trinos look out point affords a great view over the city and surrounding area. It can be a bit steep, so good shoes... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park offers several routes taking 30-90 minutes which are all doable no-matter how physically fit you are. The vegetation is amazing for me as a European. Fauna is supposed to have sloths and apes, but we didn't get to see any of them. Maybe we were unlucky. Saw a lot of ants and lizards, turtles. Anyway, a nice break... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Views are so so and not much to see along the way other then the ants working. Nice to be hiking in the middle of the city without the worries.

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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the park with a Field Guides tour and spent about 2.5 hours hiking the trails. We saw a large number of bird species and one two-toed sloth near the visitor center. Although located in a very large urban area the park was not noisy and seemed popular with visitors. Wish there had been more time to fully explore its... More 

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