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Metropolitan National Park

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Avenue Juan Pablo II final, Panama City 0843-03129, Panama
+507 232-5552
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Avenue Juan Pablo II final, Panama City 0843-03129, Panama
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+507 232-5552
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"leaf cutter ants"
in 25 reviews
"mono titi"
in 9 reviews
"nice hike"
in 13 reviews
"maintained trails"
in 6 reviews
"city limits"
in 8 reviews
"easy trail"
in 5 reviews
"titi monkeys"
in 8 reviews
"walking trails"
in 5 reviews
"bring water"
in 15 reviews
"two toed sloth"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful birds"
in 7 reviews
"tropical forest"
in 5 reviews
"great view of the city"
in 12 reviews
"bird watching"
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"highest point"
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"bird species"
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"entrance fee"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After spending so much time in the city I needed some nature and fresh air. Cerro Ancon is lovely for views and a nice walk but can in no way compare to the Metropolitan Park. It's more like a jungle and the trails give you...More

Thank SarahSook
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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

I grabbed a $5 taxi from Casco Viejo and spent 4 hours exploring all of the different trails. This park is a hidden gem no one knows about. Amazing views, sounds, and fresh air! Very safe and helpful tour guides at the entrance. Lovely butterfly...More

1  Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed May 25, 2018

Really neat to enjoy being in real nature setting right in a city - Incredible especially Panama City - big, not pretty to me - but then in a jungle setting. We walked all three trails, took about 2 hours. Went to top. Suggest morning...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

It certainly doesn't feel like you are in a city. It has all the ugly, dank attributes of any tropical rain forest, but better trail and, I was told, a great view. We were pressed for time, so we didn't go to the top, but...More

1  Thank SkykomishBob
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

We visited this place just recently (mid-April) when on a stop-over before catching our flight back home. After reading some reviews, I wasn’t sure whether this would be so great, so it was initially just on my “maybe” list. And what a lovely surprise this...More

Thank Justine28
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

Hours: 6:30AM - 4:30PM Cost: $4 for foreigners Rode Metro (35 Cents) to Albrook Mall Then, taxi ($3) to the park (7 minute ride) from Albrook Mall. Afterwards, taxi ($5) back to Best Western Panama Zen Hotel in El Cangrejo In the main administration building...More

3  Thank ctm7944
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

This is a huge park with numerous hiking trails. Most people choose to follow the path to the top of the hill for the great views. If you ever want to watch leaf-cutter ants in action this is the place. Their ant cities are huge....More

Thank maritimeexplorer
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We spent a few hours hiking the trails at this park. The entrance fee is nominal - I can't remember, but maybe $2/person. We took an easy trail and two moderate trails, which took us about 2 hours. We saw red trogon birds, among others,...More

1  Thank ajp1216
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

A tropical rainforest jungle at 10 minutes drive from the city of Panama. Interesting trails to see the wide variety of tropical trees and some wild animals. A must see when in Panama City.

Thank Victor H
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We took the metro to Albrook Station and then paid $3.00 for a three-minute taxi ride to the park. Get there early and take lots of water! It gets very hot very quickly. We had a lovely walk up to the top for a great...More

1  Thank tishville
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SunCitySteve
March 9, 2017|
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Response from Stephan H | Reviewed this property |
Take an Uber cab! Tickets at park, not busy at all. Really nice walks with a bit of uneven terrain/hills not too strenous will take 2/3 hours. It really is a jungle in town; hot and sweaty with city views. We saw many birds... More
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Roops76
June 17, 2016|
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Response from Susan G | Reviewed this property |
It is not a tough hike I guess it depends how happy you are carrying your children some of the way. There is by memory a short trail ... I would go
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