Nature & parks in Panama City

Top Parks & Nature Attractions in Panama City, Panama

Nature & Parks in Panama City

  • Traveller favourites
    Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
  • Traveller ranking
    Highest rated attractions on Tripadvisor, based on traveller reviews.
Nature & Parks
Traveller rating
Good for
27 places sorted by traveller favourites
Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
Learn more about this content
Tours, activities and experiences bookable on Tripadvisor, ranked using exclusive Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, popularity, user preferences, price, and bookings made through Tripadvisor.

What travellers are saying

  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,393 contributions
    Visiting Gatun Lake and Monkey Island is a must-see experience when visiting Panama City. There are many tour operators that offer this trip, and I had a good experience with Safe Transportation and their Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour. I had a terrific guide who was very knowledgeable and was a great communicator. On the way to Gatun Lake, we made a brief stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks for some viewing of ships as they navigate the canal. After hopping on a small speedboat, we headed out on Gatun Lake and to Monkey Island. Our guide knew several spots to find the monkeys and we had a couple different species including the white-faced capuchin monkeys climbing onto our boat enjoying taking the food that we offered from our hands. We additionally saw and heard some howler monkeys and spotted a crocodile. Getting close up to the huge container ships in the lake was pretty cool as well. 4 hours was plenty of time needed to enjoy this experience.
    Written 11 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mademoiselle
    Liege, Belgium42 contributions
    The longest way is the best one (1h +-) for animals cause i heard 5 monkeys in 16h! The access of the park is +- easy by bus from Albrook Mal!
    Written 2 September 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,393 contributions
    Gatun Lake was created by the flooding of the area by the Chagres River during the construction of the Panama Canal and is where ships traverse after going through the locks at each end of the Canal. There are many tour operators that offer trips to Gatun Lake and Monkey Island. I had a good experience with Safe Transportation and their Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour. I had a terrific guide who was very knowledgeable and was a great communicator. On the 4-hour tour, we stopped along the canal at the Pedro Miguel Locks and then continued to Gatun Lake on a speedboat. In addition to seeing the wildlife on Monkey Island, this is also an opportunity to get close to several container ships as they make their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

    On the way to Gatun Lake, we made a brief stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks for some viewing of ships as they navigate the canal. After hopping on a small speedboat, we headed out on Gatun Lake and to Monkey Island. Our guide knew several spots to find the monkeys and we had a couple different species including the white-faced capuchin monkeys climbing onto our boat enjoying taking the food that we offered from our hands. We additionally saw and heard some howler monkeys and spotted a crocodile. Getting close up to the huge container ships in the lake was pretty cool as well. 4 hours was plenty of time needed to enjoy this experience.
    Written 17 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Katelin
    St. Petersburg, FL10 contributions
    This was my favorite thing that we did on our 12 day Panama trip. I was really surprised at just how many animals we saw, and got pretty close to! If you're any kind of a nature fan, this is a must-do!! We did a full day tour and loved every minute.
    Written 22 March 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • abnguero
    Texas324 contributions
    Great place to learn about wildlife and water creatures in Panama! My kids loved being able to touch a starfish and the wildlife that is running around is great!!
    Written 8 September 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Connie L
    Texas City, TX14 contributions
    My family and I ate enjoyed The lagoon of San Carlos is a very quiet place, excellent different unique. Family Oriented.
    Written 26 April 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Karen M
    London, Canada207 contributions
    We were staying the financial district but visited Flamenco Island a few times. There are lots of nice restaurants and great night life. Definitely recommend visiting if you are in Panama City. The Hop on Hop off bus goes there but it is easy to grab a taxi for a few dollars.
    Written 15 November 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Robbie M
    Hopkins, Belize1,644 contributions
    Great view at the mirador just off the road. A couple of KMs up the road is the entrance to the Sender La Cruz. Based on the reviews i was expecting something more difficult, but it wasnt far or difficult. Its rustic, so it was a bit muddy and slippery, so i wouldnt recommend it for older people or ones that have difficulty with balance. But for avid hikers it should be a breeze. Took about 40 minutes up, and another half hour back. Beautiful views. Great spot for selfies, and apparently for locals looking to make out.
    Best of all it was free! You can park right there and just walk right up, no problem!

    Unfortunately we didnt have time to explore the rest of the park. But i would go back again!
    Written 14 August 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Travel Maven
    47 contributions
    The half hour drive from our hotel in the city was the best part of our visit to Summit Park. The grounds are really nice and great for walking if the weather isn't sweltering. We paid $5 entrance fee. The map was all in Spanish so it wasn't easy to find our way around. Interesting monkeys. Not a must-see but if you have small children there are great play areas where you could picnic.
    Written 2 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Les L
    St. Petersburg, FL16,217 contributions
    For geeks, the canal is a treasure. Learning about its building and operation is fascinating and really puts a context around canal-viewing.
    Written 22 March 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Jairo G
    Panama City, Panama196 contributions
    This is the closest "beach" to the city, but i would not go in it. the neighborhood close by is not the best in the world.
    There are a lot of restaurants and bars opening up here, and hopefuly that will fix up the place.
    Written 3 January 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Elliese Jayne
    7 contributions
    I can’t recommend this trek highly enough; the Camino Real trek is hands down the best adventure hike I’ve been on in Panamá!

    Rick Morales is a fantastic guide who is very prepared - he knows what he’s talking about and has an in-depth knowledge of the landscape. We got caught in some heavy rains but Rick had no issue in navigating the trail in the difficult conditions. Some of the highlights of the trip included spotting wildlife and tracks from a tapir, wild pig and other animals, and swimming in the natural pools and waterways every day. Above all, it was amazing to have the history of el Camino Real explained to us by Rick over several days as we walked through the jungle and came across the old cobblestones.

    As someone who does a lot of hiking, I can safely say this is the ultimate adventure experience for outdoorsy people, I LOVED the whole experience, and totally immersive from a historical perspective. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

    Gear and prep: Rick did an excellent job in communicating all the necessary preparations to make, including very detailed and complete information about the gear to bring and what to expect in terms of the physical demands of the trek. We used a hammock with a protective rain shelter to sleep - quick to set up and light to carry, and very comfortable. I had no issues in staying dry in the evenings. I found the gear recommendations and other general tips from Rick to be spot on! Rick also has comprehensive safety plans in case of an emergency.

    Intensity/fitness: Definitely for adventure and jungle lovers – be prepared to be covered in mud/wet clothes most of the trip! A large part of the route follows waterways so expect to have wet feet. There can be some tricky bits with river crossings/hiking up rivers, but the trekking poles were a massive help. In terms of fitness, it’s not necessary to be a professional athlete but it is important is to be familiar and comfortable with outdoor walking/uneven terrain, and fit enough to carry your backpack up and down some hills. I packed light to avoid carrying too much weight – personal preference! Rick also organized additional local porters to carry the food, which was massive help as it cut down on weight.

    Food: The meals surpassed my expectations, each meal was a different surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed the variety! There was also plenty of hot coffee available. Aside from meals provided by Rick I made my own trail mix with fruit-nut-chocolate.

    Water: We refilled our water bottles enroute from the streams which are crystal clear. Rick provides a great water filter for everyone in the group to use and I had no issues. I carried a single big 1.5L bottle but it would be better to bring several smaller bottles to distribute the weight in your backpack, and make sure to have them easily accessible when you are walking.

    Other tips: As we were in wet clothes-shoes all day, especially after some rain, it is very important to have a dry sleep! I brought a small dry bag just for my pyjamas and the hammock which I stored separately to other items, which kept everything dry despite multiple river crossings and rain. Bring extra garbage bags/ziplocs to keep things dry!

    10/10 for diversity of terrain and natural surroundings, communication and preparation support from Rick second to none.
    Written 12 July 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • frankdeurriola
    Panama City, Panama46 contributions
    Runner? Soccer? HIIT? Any type of physical activity is perfect for this place. Lots of vegetations and large areas to exercise alone or with the family. Security is excellent and current works being done on the park will make it even better
    Written 29 September 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Adam S
    8 contributions
    We took this tour when we came to Panama. The water was really really low which is no fault of the service just mankind. My little daughter had an amazing time and I have never experiences a cave tour like this before. We were in Panama City and they came and picked us up and dropped us off.
    Written 2 September 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Gourmet Adventu... T
    London, UK163 contributions
    We heard about the Camino De Cruces from a friend who went years ago and wanted to follow in their footsteps hiking from the park office to plantation road.

    The hike is pointless and a waste of time and money. We saw some howler monkeys, which we also saw in Park Metropolitano. Aside from that, not much else.

    GETTING TO THE STARTING POINT
    - Most taxi drivers will not have heard about the ticket office.
    - Googlemaps has it down as "Parque Nacional Camino de Cruces" but you are looking to spend between $13-16 for an Uber ride over. Our Uber driver got terribly lost. The start point and the ticket office is next to a 2-lane dual carriage way.

    TICKETS
    - Entrance to the park costs US$5 per person. Once you paid you won't get your money back.

    THE HIKE
    There is an EXTREMELY badly drawn out map with no real reference points in the ticket office. They will not provide you with any other maps.
    The start of the walk is very much through the jungle. We went the day after some rains and it was very muddy. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots and long trousers.

    THE PROBLEMS
    Issues arose because of bad sign-posting. After initially seeing clear sign posts, these gradually disappeared about 1km into the walk. At one point (1hr into the hike) we came to a cross roads and it was completely unclear where the path was heading. Turns out the park management had not cleared the path for a while and did not bother informing us of this when we bought the tickets in the park office. Having followed (the wrong) path about 40 minutes longer, we came to a dead end and had to turn back.

    Explaining this issue to the park management was futile. No refunds were offered despite the park having failed to maintain the paths and the sign posts.

    Don't go, we had a wasted day in Panama.
    Written 15 November 2017
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Panama City




These are the best places for couples seeking nature & parks in Panama City:See more nature & parks for couples in Panama City on Tripadvisor



These are the best places for adventurous nature & parks in Panama City:See more adventurous nature & parks in Panama City on Tripadvisor