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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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Nice break from the city

10 mins in taxi finds you in the rainforest. Nice easy walks plenty to see Sloth, Monkeys small pond with turtles. One word of advice don't forget to put plenty repellent on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
alanbishop
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Peoria, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taxi driver got $7 to take us there from our hotel near Multicentro. I probably overpaid, but even with the taxi drivers jacking up prices for an easy American, it just wasn't that expensive to get around, and there were 3 of us. Bring water, bug spray, and a hat if it's sunny. We took the long trail to the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a brilliant time, saw a ton of birds and insects in a very short amount of time--including a toucan! Get here early as possible, at 7 if possible, because once it gets hot the majority of the animals sleep.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

10 mins in taxi finds you in the rainforest. Nice easy walks plenty to see Sloth, Monkeys small pond with turtles. One word of advice don't forget to put plenty repellent on around the pond.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Go there! Easy trails, quiet, fantastic city views and a nice escape from the busy city. We saw monkeys, turtles and sloths. It was excellent. When you arrive a ranger will likely greet you to explain the trails and it costs $5 each and you will be asked to pay in the office which has a small shop including cold... More 

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

The park is a must when visiting Panama City! The trails offer great views of the city as well as the opportunity to see sloths, monkeys, toucans, leaf cutter ants, and other rain forest animals! I visit the park often and it never disappoints!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

A must besides Bio Museum! So closer to the city and get exposed to a jungle life are nice combo. Trail was well built anyone can easily do even toddler. The guide was off for labor day, but would have been a nice option ($50). Finding wild sloths (saw 3) were super fun!

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NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We loved walking through the rainforest (it takes around 3 hours). Get ready to sweat. We were excited to see a group of monkeys walking above us in the tree canopy! (If you hear monkeys, stand still for a few minutes and they will get close to you, so you’ll be able to spot them.) People we met in the... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Right in the city, only a $3-$4 taxi from most hotels in the city, take a few hours to walk up to the city lookout and wander around the rainforest in the city, I have sighted money's, sloths, crocodile, turtles, tarantulas and many birds...$4 entrance, no map needed, but my tip is ask the security guards if they have sighted... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

Had a taxi to the start of the 1,5hr trail with view over the city and the panama canal. As we were a bit late (started walking around10.30) we didn't see that many birds and no monkeys. Still it is a nice walk, but not spectaculair. We never got the feeling of being in a big national park, as you... More 

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