National Parks & Reserves
Metropolitan Natural Park
The Metropolitan Natural Park (MNP), situated just outside of downtown Panama City, serves as a wonderful retreat for those interested in escaping 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 forest, the Metropolitan Natural Park was decreed a 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, there are several “look-out” points that offer sweeping views of the park, Panama City, Panama Bay and surrounding area.
For more information, we recommend you visit the Metropolitan Natural Park website. The park itself is open from 6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., however, the administration office (tel. 232-5552) opens at 8:00 a.m. Guided tours are available upon request, however a minimum number of people are required and the service must requested in advance.