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Welcome to the Metropolitan National Park


PANAMA NATIONAL PARKS
 

GENERAL INFORMATION
This park is just outside Panama City bordering the Canal and is the only Tropical Forest Park within a metropolitan area in Latin America. The park has a surface of 265 hectares (655 acres). There you will find many birds, butterflies and small mammals and reptiles. The park has a natural vantage point from were you can see the Panama Canal and the City. 

How to get there
Only 10 minutes from downtown Panama City, just take the Juan Pablo II Road off the Via Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto) or the Northern Ringroad Juan Pablo II exit to the park's Visitors Center (1 Kilometer.)r).

Services
All services (hotels, restaurants, tour operators) you may need can be obtained in Panama City. The Visitors Center provides the tourist with all the information necessary and guides for a nice trip through the Park. It also has a projection room and a permanent exhibition, an ecostore and a library.

What to do and Where to go?
The best thing to do is to go directly to the Visitors Center were you would be informed about the activities available in the park. You could visit the Orchid Green House, with species that can only be found in Panama and other internationally renowned ones such as the Espiritu Santo, Panama's National Flower; the lookout point crowning this protected area, interpretative trails such a the Mono Titi taking 45 minutes or the historic Camino de Cruces (Cross Road), which was a predecessor of the Panama Canal as well as the Cieneguita Trail.
Very typical features that the Park provides its visitors and friends with are the conferences, about subjects of scientific interest, which are held on the last Wednesday of every month.

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