Metropolitan Natural Park
This morning, you will be picked up at the lobby of your Panama City hotel by your naturalist guide. After a short drive, you reach Metropolitan Natural Park, which has remained largely undisturbed for the last 80 years and is a great place to experience dry, deciduous, lowland tropical forest. What makes Metropolitan Natural Park so unique is that it is adjacent to the Panama Canal watershed, which consists of 552,761 hectares (1,365,902 acres) of national parks and protected lands. Within the 265 hectares (655 acres) that make up the park, you can find over 265 species of birds. Specialties include Lance-tailed Manakin, Rosy Thrush Tanager, Orange-billed Sparrow, Green Honeycreeper, Rufous and White Wren and many others. On this tour, you will enjoy a slow walk through the forest looking for wildlife while learning about your natural surroundings and encounters with your naturalist guide.
You will also look for the endemic Red-naped Tamarin on the trail, named after this tiny primate. Furthermore, the Three-toed sloth, Agouti, Coatimundi, Iguana, Yellow-crown amazon parrot and Keel-billed toucan are common occurrences at Metropolitan Natural Park.
From the top of the hill at the park’s highest point, located at 150 meters above sea level, you can enjoy impressive views of bustling cosmopolitan Panama City, the Bay of Panama, and the islands of Perico, Naos, Flamenco, Taboguilla and Taboga. You can also observe the Panama Canal entrance on the Pacific side, the Bridge of the Americas, and Ancon Hill. Late in the morning, you will return back to your hotel.