Visit the Metropolitan Natural Park (MNP), situated just outside of downtown Panama City (10 minutes by car), serves as a wonderful retreat for those interested in escaping from the neighboring city; it is the only park in Tropical Latin America with a natural forest located within a metropolitan capital. Encompassing approximately 265 hectares, 192 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.
Meeting at the park entrance. Early in the morning is the best to see the park, as the majority of its fauna can be observed in the morning hours by climbing up the Natural Interpretative Trail and coming down the Mono Tití Road. The park is an island of trees and shrubs where one can view arboreal fauna. It is the only park where you can find and see Tití monkeys, white-tail deer, agoutis, coatis, anteaters and the two-toed and three-toed sloths within a short range. Over 200 species of birds can be found, among which are finches, pigeons, Grey-Headed Chachalacas, owls, hawks, eagles, crows, wood-peckers and hummingbirds. There are also a great variety of turtles such as fresh-water turtle, land turtle or jicotea. The green iguana (Iguana iguana) can frequently be seen sunbathing on the branches of the trees of the area.
The Smithsonian Institute has installed a high crane to observe birds and animals that take refuge on the top of the trees. It is the only one of its kind and serves scientific purposes. From this point, at an elevation of 150 meters, all the rest of the park can be seen as well as Panama City, the Bay, the Panama Canal including the port of Balboa and Miraflores locks.
NB: the use of this crane is optional to the hereunder listed price and is subject to a previous appointment: consult us if interested.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
From 06:00 am is better for bird watching but can start at the time of your choice
Included: Guide (English , Spanish, French, other languages on request), entry fee, 1 bottle of drinking water.
Prices per person:
1 pax: $ 100
2 pax : $ 53
3 pax : $ 37
4 pax : $ 31
5 pax : $ 25
6 pax : $ 24
Single: consult us plse.
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