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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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Nice escape from the city

The park is basically a jungle, nice escape from the busy city. Good walking trails (bring trainers), nice view point. The entry is $4.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park is basically a jungle, nice escape from the busy city. Good walking trails (bring trainers), nice view point. The entry is $4.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This must be on of few places where you can be hiking in the rainforest and still have a close-up view of one of the world's tallest skylines. Seeing agoutis and basilisk lizards, and many birds, with the downtown view on one side, and one of the largest malls in America on the other side, is a wild experience.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went with the hope of seeing a Sloth or a Toucan but it never happened. Did see turtles and carpenter ants. Perhaps if we had arrived earlier. That being said it was a very enjoyable stroll of a nice park in the city with great city views at the top. Cost was $4 and we took about 2.5 hours to... More 

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Guelph, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A lovely experience. Excellent views of the old and new Panama City and canal. Lots of plants, animals and birds. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and travel light.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The hike is not very difficult. One the way up we did spot a sloth. A variety of bird species. The view from the top was great.

Thank poolczar1
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Esther at Xplora Panama planned this day for us on our last day in Panama. What an amazing trip. A quick cab ride from our hotel in Panama City brought us to the visitors center where a super friendly employee explained the various trail options and where to catch the best views. Animals and birds were everywhere along the trails.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went birding with a group of friends to Metro Park in December 2016. We had an abundance of wonderful birds seen, plus howler monkey and two-toed sloth. Unfortunately, we didn't get to the top to see the amazing view of the city, but there's always next time!

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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went walking looking for sloths (which we didnt see). The views were amazing and worth the uphill hike. So close to the city it is worth it just for the views.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park has three main trails, all of which are well maintained and marked. The trails then passes through forest, you can "meet" animals along the way and a few series of climbs and descents. before reaching a dirt road - the Monkey Road. To complete the trail and return to the Visitor Centre takes 1 to 2 hours. lots... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe it was because we had just had a downpour even though it did not rain on our hike but we were DRENCHED after our two hour hike. This is a challenging hike but well worth it. Don't bother to take the hike up to the top which is a side trip in the middle of the trail (don't worry,... More 

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