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Metropolitan National Park

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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“nice hike” (12 reviews)
“nice park” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Avenue Juan Pablo II final, Panama City 0843-03129, Panama
+507 232-5552
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried to walk around to see the "fabulous fauna" as advertised, but didn't see anything. I believe the Tijuca forest in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) is better despite the horrendous people. I think this park is not worthy going unless time is available. After a...More

Thank Abouch K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the short walk on the other side of the street first and it was peaceful. On the longer walk you go buy the little butterfly house. Go inside. The people are so friendly...bring a little tip money. The hike is at times close...More

Thank gopkrs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a taxi from my hotel to visit the national park. A nice place to experience nature in this bustling city. I took a short hike on one of the trails to a viewpoint of the city. I saw turtles in a small pond...More

Thank Edcellphone
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

This park is amazing filled with gorgeous animals ,to go there you can choose between taxi or take the metro to Albrook mall and walk the 15-20 minutes from there. Don't do my mistake and forget the insect repellent at the hotel since the jungle...More

2  Thank Mattias H
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Go early or late to this park! Went mid-afternoon and it was hotter than the surface of the sun. I don't think I have ever been as sweaty in my entire life. We were eaten alive by bugs despite our mosquito repellant too. This area...More

Thank Jenn P
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I loved walking here. It is so quiet, there are lots of birds and the caretakers always know to find the slots. If you walk al the way up you wil have a great view of Panama, old and new part.

2  Thank annetolyhoek
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We had a great morning of hiking all the trails. It was hot so take lots of water. Saw sloth, tapir and lots of birds.

1  Thank Yogabydawn
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

It's an okay activity but not an overly exciting walk. We did the whole thing which was about 5km in total. Saw a sloth at the beginning and lots of small turtles at the close by pond. The rest was full of beautiful bird sounds...More

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A great little slice of heaven in the middle of the city. Step away to breathe & experience the glory of the Panama rain forest! The trails are well groomed & it's a very easy hike. There is quite a bit of wildlife to see....More

2  Thank Amy M
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Walking the well-marked trails of this lovely city park was a nice respite from the heat and hustle bustle of downtown. Although we didn't see many creatures, the views of the city from the highest point are incredible. Entrance fee is $4 per adult, and...More

Thank Bettcita
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9 March 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
18 June 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