Metropolitan National Park

Metropolitan National Park, Panama City: Address, Phone Number, Metropolitan National Park Reviews: 4/5

Metropolitan National Park
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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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billyhockey
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This rainforest park spans more than 200 hectares within Panama City. We took a taxi one morning from our downtown hotel to the park; the cost was less than $10. The trails are not overly challenging. We completed a small trail plus both of the primary trails (one of which was partially closed on our visit) in approximately 2 hours, which included a rest taken at a lookout point. We sometimes had to step over single-file processions of leafcutter ants (which were easy to spot because they were, after all, carrying bright green leaves!) walking across our trails. The highlight of our visit was the sighting of a troop of Geoffroy's tamarin monkeys in the trees above us on the Cienaguita trail. We recommend this park; it is accessible and affords an opportunity to exercise and spend time in a natural setting.
Written January 8, 2020
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,651 contributions
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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traveltibor
Bratislava, Slovakia33 contributions
If you don't have the time, courage, hope or energy for a more demanding multi-day trip outside of Panama City, or you have small children, this is the perfect choice. A short distance from the center, cheap by taxi, begins a real tropical park. Good markings, groomed sidewalk, several real animals we met. At the top is a beautiful view of the whole city, worth those 2 hours walk ....
Written June 14, 2020
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Paul H
Gilford, NH6 contributions
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, FL3,720 contributions
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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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Kathleen H
Ormond Beach, FL141 contributions
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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Karen Lynn
Malaga, Spain204 contributions
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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travelingmike
Hillsboro, Oregon152 contributions
Overview:

This is a large park in the center of Panama' City. It has been kept as forest with little construction, or other improvements. It has 3 or 4 hiking loops that you can hike on. On the longest trial you can hike to a place called the Mirador and get a good view of the city.

My opinion:

It is a nice place to go hiking, but go elsewhere to see wildlife. I only saw a few birds, plants, leaf cutter ants, and one large rodent on my hikes there. Go to Soberania, or other national parks if you want to see some wildlife.

Details and advice:

- The cost as of January 2008 was $2.00 per day.
- You can take a taxi there for $2.
- Bring you own bottle water to drink, but they have a very few beverages that you can buy there at a high price.
- Restrooms are on site at the main office.

Please rate my review. Thanks.
Written February 23, 2008
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Diane G
Arlington46 contributions
This is something for the bucket list... go on the crane at Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panama City. Contact Kareen Alvarez [---] and for $45 she'll take you up a crane left by Smithsonian researchers to see the forest canopy. We saw sloths, birds, butterflies, and had a fab view of the city. We spent one hour in the crane and about 2 more hiking w/her.
Best to go early in the morning to see the most wildlife!
Written March 16, 2011
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Katana107
Abbotsford, Canada242 contributions
I went to the metro park last year and this year and I enjoyed it a lot both times. Last year, I saw a lot of lizards, butterflies, birds, agoutis, and a Coati Mundi. This year I went there for about 4 hours, before my flight ,and I saw two sloths, a coati mundi, agoutis, very pretty birds(trogon, mot-mot), a huge black and white snake, lizards, a howler monkey which I did not expect and finally found tamarin monkeys on my way back. Therefore, there is a lot of wildlife in this park, but obviously this is wildlife, you may see nothing or you may see everything. If you want to see stuff, always important to walk slowly and listen for sounds. Very accessible park, low price souvenirs, beautiful very well maintained trail, safe and filled with wildlife. Pictures coming soon.
Written January 2, 2011
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