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Metropolitan National Park

#17 of 175 things to do in Panama City Features Animals
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” (13 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 yesterday

The Metropolitan National Park is in the city, but doesn't feel like it. When you're in the outskirts of the park you can hear cars, which kind of ruins the immersion, but this isn't a problem most of the walk. We didn't see any animals,...More

Thank Thomas J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice enough for an easy walk, great views of the city. I saw some cool spiders and some agoutis. Noise from the traffic lets it down. Four dollars entry for foreigners. Despite what I was told you can't walk to or from the park, since...More

Thank Beckymd2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful, hot and humid jungle just next to the city. Filled with birds, butterflies, turtles and amazing plants and trees. Bring lots of water, but definitely, go and see it. It should be only about $3USD for a savvy tourist by taxi from the city...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the animals but didn't see any. Just crazy long lines of those leaf-cutter ants marching along. Did hear some monkeys in the jungle brush, but no way was I wading in there for a closer look. And did I say sweat? Absolutely!...More

Thank Over60Nomad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a nice day getting out of the city. The views were great and it was a nice hike, a bit of exercise.

Thank JR S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please you have to go to this park. We got to see an amazing blue butterfly and hard working ants. Also we heard a monkey and other animals during our walk. The staff is super nice but remember to go first to the visitors center...More

1  Thank Jorge V
Reviewed 12 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 2 July 2017

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

1  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
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10 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