Today, we’re taking a wild ride right into the heart of Panama City, and I mean that quite literally! Picture this: you’re in a bustling metropolis, surrounded by skyscrapers and city life, walking the long corridors of Albrook Mall and suddenly, you stumble upon a hidden gem that feels like a page ripped straight out of a jungle adventure book. Welcome to Metropolitan Park!
Metropolitan Park is Panama City’s best-kept secret. At 265 hectares, it’s a lush rainforest oasis smack dab in the middle of the urban jungle. And let me tell you, it’s teeming with life! We’re talking 227 bird species, 45 mammals (yes, sloths are on the list), 36 kinds of snakes (don’t worry, they’re camera-shy), and 14 kinds of amphibians. Oh, and did I mention the giant trees that touch the sky at 115 feet? This place is like a natural Disneyland for wildlife enthusiasts and should definitely be on your list to visit whether you’re brand new residents or have lived here for many years!
Hike or Swing – Your Choice!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “The park entrance is pretty low-key.” Well, my adventurous friend, appearances can be deceiving. The entrance fees are a steal, especially for residents, and it’s your ticket to five fantastic hiking trails. The entrance fee is $4.00 for non-resident adults and $2.00 for minors. With your Panamá residency card, the fee is $1.00 for adults and $0.50 for minors and retirees.
Once inside you can go rogue and explore on your own or level up your experience with a private guide. Most people go it alone as the trails are straightforward to follow.
Let’s Talk About the Sweat!
Just a heads up, folks, this place can get hot and humid, but that’s just Mother Nature’s way of giving you an authentic Panamá jungle experience. Hydration is your best friend here, so pack some water, and you’ll be golden. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, take on the Mono Titi Road. It’s a bit of a workout, but the views across the city from the top of Cerro Cedro are pure magic! When we were there we were surrounded by a huge flock of small green parrots at the viewing point!
Tarzan Vibes & Wildlife Galore
Here’s the fun part: as you venture into the park, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a Tarzan movie. Swing from incredible vines, hold on for dear life like Tarzan himself, and make your best “ahhh ah ah ah ahhh” sounds. High in the treetops, spot sloths, Geoffrey’s tamarind monkeys, and a flurry of colorful birds. Lower down, meet the insects, turtles in little pools, frogs, lizards, and maybe even a surprise snake (shocked emoji, anyone?).
Best Times for Monkey Business
If you’re all about spotting monkeys and sloths (who isn’t?), set your alarm early! They’re most active in the morning. The middle of the day? Well, let’s just say it gets hotter than a jalapeno in a sunbeam, so not the ideal time to visit.
In Panama, butterflies (mariposas) are like the icing on a cake, and Metropolitan Park is no exception. These stunning creatures dance around in every shade imaginable, and they even have their own butterfly house. Our personal fave? The big, iridescent Blue Morpho butterfly – trust us, it’s a must-see!
History Buffs, Don’t Miss This!
Beyond the jungle’s wonders, you’ll stumble upon man-made history. Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have set up a jungle crane to study the forest canopy. Plus, there are remnants of concrete structures from WWII, once used as a testing ground for aircraft engines and military training. How cool is that?
Greenhouse Coffee – Your Post-Adventure Pick-Me-Up!
And to top off your wild day, there’s a fantastic little coffee shop called Greenhouse Coffee right across from the visitor center. It’s the perfect spot to refuel and relax after your jungle escapade.
So there you have it, adventurers! Metropolitan Park in Panama City – an urban oasis that’s a wildlife lover’s dream. Grab your binoculars, hiking boots, and sense of wonder, and let’s dive headfirst into this green paradise. If you’re searching for property in Panamá City with us this is an excellent way to spend a few hours whilst you’re here!
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