metropolitan natural park panama city panama
The Metropolitan Natural Park (MNP), situated just outside of downtown Panama City, serves as a wonderful retreat for those wanting to escape from the neighboring city; it is the only park in Latin America with a natural forest located within a metropolitan capital. Encompassing approximately 655 acres, 474 of which consist of dry lowland Pacific forests, the Metropolitan Natural Park was declared a national park in 1985. Managed by an array of governmental and private institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Metropolitan Park also shelters plants and animals threatened by extinction.
The park has four trails, all of which are well maintained and easy to hike. As well, several look-out points offer sweeping views of Panama City, Panama Bay, and the surrounding area. While the park is home to a variety of different animal specises including monkeys, deer, and iguanas, this is not the place to go expecting to see animals.
For more information, we recommend you visit the Metropolitan Natural Park website.