Visit the Canopy Crane at the Metropolitan Natural Park to climb high above ground and get a whole new perspective on the dense rain forest canopy. Experience the amazing diversity of this park, home to many species of birds, iguanas, monkeys and more.
What to Expect
Early in the morning your Panama Trails naturalist guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Metropolitan Natural Park. This incredible place is the only tropical rain forest natural park inside a major urban center in Central America.
The park is also part of the inter-oceanic biological corridor formed by several protected areas stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The park is an ideal spot for bird watching, and is also great for spotting monkeys, raccoons, sloths, and exotic plants.
Once at the Metropolitan Natural Park, we will get on the Canopy Crane, owned by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). The Canopy Crane is a 42-meter tall construction crane that has been set up in the midst of the rainforest, and modified to fit the needs of researchers, scientists and nature enthusiasts.
The crane will lift you and your guide above the forest in a comfortable gondola and then lower you to the desired observation sites, all within the dense canopy of the rainforest.
In this way, the crane allows for safe, easy and extensive access to the forest, and will give you a different perspective on the birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and other fascinating animals that inhabit the Metropolitan Natural Park.
After approximately 30 minutes in the crane, your guide will take you on a hike along the park's trails for some more wildlife watching, and to appreciate the fascinating flora of the Metropolitan Park.
After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel in Panama City.
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Entrance fees
Know Before You Go
Guides in other languages, such as German, French, or Italian, are available upon request.
Please wear comfortable shoes and don't forget to bring your hiking shoes, long pants, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a bottle of water.