The Metropolitan National Park, created in 1985, is 10 minutes from Panama City centre , and is within the city limits. The park covers 265 hectares. To reach the park take the Ricardo J. Alfaro Avenue (Tumba Muerto) and just off the Juan Pablo II Ave. or Camino de la Amistad you get to the Visitor’s Centre in the Park.
Alongside the Panama Canal, the Park is a Tropical Forest populated by birds, butterflies and small mammals.
Metropolitan National Park offers rooms for meetings and audiovisual presentations: It has a shop that sells conservation items, permanent exhibits, an orchid site, trails from which you can view the city and the Panama Canal, and a library.
The park has three main trails, all of which are well maintained and marked. The most popular trail "Sendero Cienequita" starts with an easy five minute walk along the main road, before branching off to the start of the trail. The trail then passes through forest, with a series of climbs and descents. before reaching a dirt road (Titi Monkey Road). There are two levels to the "Lookout" both with seats and panoramic guides to the city panorama. As well as Panama City, you can, from the Lookout, see the Bay, and the Panama Canal, the Port of Balboa and Miraflores Locks. To complete the trail and return to the Visitor Centre takes 1 to 2 hours.
Another trail, closer to the administrative office is the "Sendero Momotides", which is a shorter trail, relatively flat, and takes about one hour. The "Sendero Los Caobos" is similar to that of "Sendero Momotides",but is longer and hillier.
The Metropolitan Natural Park will occasionally offer sightings of monkeys, iguanas, deer, and various bird species. But do not expect to come across many animals here.
The park is open from 6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The administration office opens at 8:00 a.m. There is an entry fee for the Park and a map is provided. Guided tours are available for a fee, but must be booked in advance
Metropolitan National Park web site
Hotels are located near the park in Panama City.
Panama National Parks