Metropolitan National Park
Metropolitan National Park
4.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Panthera2013
London, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This park is quite an oasis in the middle of the city. If you enjoy checking out the birds, butterflies and trees, you will enjoy a visit to this park. There are two different trails to walk up to the view point from where you can see the city and sea, one is an easy trail and the other one longer and steeper however to get to the height of the view point even the easy one requires a fair hike up towards the end. It is hot and humid so try and do this early in the morning and carry water with you. Enjoy it!
Written September 27, 2022
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wendave2
Toronto, Canada75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We had a tour guide (Roberto Beitia of Conozca Panama Tours) to take four adults on a two hour hike of the main trail of this beautiful park. He pointed out the many varieties of wildlife and trees. A lot of the animals would have gone unnoticed except for Roberto's keen eye.
If you walk the trails on your own, there is a shorter and a longer version to choose. Keep your eyes open...there is a lot to see!
The climb up to the look out point is well worth the effort.
Written March 14, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Pretty amazing peak into the surrounding rainforest right on the northern edge of Panama City. I came here to do the 3 mile hike up to the Mirador Cerro Cedro. Spectacular views of the Panama City skyline and ocean and surrounding countryside from here. I came in the midafternoon so not as much wildlife spotting as I suspect you would experience in the early morning. Also, really hot and humid making the 1000ft climb quite a workout. I did however run into a pack of coati scavenging at the rest area near the lookout spot. Took an inexpensive Uber here. Approximately $4 entrance fee.
Written May 17, 2022
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Ralph L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
First of all, please be aware that those selling you tours for this park at some 70 USD are ripping you off! Uber to the park $4. Tickets: $4 adults and $2 children. You get the routes and good explanation from the staff and then you explore. Exactly what you will do with a tour. The place is beautiful and hot.
Written August 9, 2023
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Paul H
Gilford, NH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was a treat. A !0 min Uber ride from our mid town hotel the park announces itself as you drive out of the busy streets to the shaded canopy of the jungle. We paid the entrance fee and got a trail map at the station. The trails were easy to follow and not to challenging. It took us about 2 1/2 hours at a casual pace This was the steeper trail according to the map. The views from the top Cerro Cedro were impressive. We saw many different species of animals and birds. If going try for early morning before the heat ramps up for the day and bring plenty of water.
Written February 4, 2020
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We walked for about 1 and a half hours on a hot windless day. We saw a variety of wildlife. The main trail that we were on was very near the road - so it blocked out the sounds of the wildlife. Bring a lot of water. We turned around after we finished 1 of our 2 bottles. There is a lot of up hill walking to get to the overlook to see the city.
Written February 4, 2020
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Melanie D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The park is beautiful and peaceful. You have the feeling of abundant nature in the middle of a huge city. We saw a monkey, many birds and a coati that walked right in front of us headed to the trash can. He hopped inside, found a morsel or two and popped back out walking again right by our feet. The view of Panama City was more than spactacular. The time and hike were well worth it. I would recommend visiting here.
Written December 13, 2023
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Kathleen H
Ormond Beach, FL141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
As noted, the location is really convenient and the views from the Mirador top are great.

My husband and I decided to run from our hotel in the El Cangrejo neighborhood to the park. This was a bit of a challenge due to lack of sidewalks in some areas but doable if you are up for a little adventure.

Once we reached the park, we had a great experience. There were plenty of maps, so we never had to worry about getting lost. The hill was pretty steep on the way to the top, but totally worth it. There were also easier trails near the park entrance. All the paths were well-groomed and easy to follow, whether walking or running. They were also not at all crowded, which is a welcome change from the rest of the city. Visit Metropolitan National Park and enjoy the challenge!
Written July 19, 2021
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Mar186525
Edinburgh, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Well laid out trails. We saw numerous birds including a squirrel cuckoo and toucans. Many orioles hummingbirds warblers and tanagers as well.
Take plenty water as the water taps at the viewpoints do not work and it is very hot and exposed with many steps. Once you leave the visitor centre no drinks are available. Not a difficult ascent, we are in our 70s.
Written February 21, 2023
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Karen Lynn
Malaga, Spain238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
I visited the Parque Natural Metropolitano de Panama in early May, right at the beginning of rainy season. I had only intended to stay an hour or so and hike one of the trails closer to the office, but I ended up staying for many hours and exploring all of the trails, and hitting up all of the vista points. During the time I was there, I only saw ONE other person, and saw loads of flora and wildlife (including howler monkeys, frogs, lizards, slugs, and lots of birds). The hiking was so peaceful and tranquil that once I got away from the road, I forgot that I was in the middle of a city! Though I had spent several days in the more wilder parts of the Panamanian rainforest (and highlands), I found this park to be just about on par with those parts. It rained, but only drizzle, and hey, it's the RAINforest, so the rain almost made it more enjoyable. The admission price ($2) was WELL worth it - in fact, I donated a few more dollars to the park's conservation fund.

After my hike, when I was sufficiently dirty, looking like I came straight out of the jungle (which in someways I did), hailing a cab to take me back to the city center was cheap ($2) and easy. Very easy.

Parque Natural Metropolitano de Panama is HIGHLY recommended by me!!!
Written May 18, 2011
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