Cerro Ancón

If you’re looking for an escape from the city and want to get back to nature, you’re in luck! Panama City has some great nature parks within the city limits.

A great place to escape the city is Cerro Ancón, near Balboa. This hill is the highest point in Panama City and was under US administration in the old Panama Canal Zone. There is a trail to the top that takes about 30 minutes to walk up. Along the way, it’s possible to see sloths, lizards, and lots of birds along with a few small mammals. Cars can drive to the top of Cerro Ancón from 8am to 3pm. If you come any later, you have to walk. A taxi from Albrook should only cost US $2, but a drive to the top and waiting time will cost more.

Cerro Ancón in Panama City

Cerro Ancón

Cerro Ancón in Panama City

Cerro Ancón

Once at the top, there are excellent views of the modern city and Casco Viejo.

View of Panama City from Cerro Ancón

View of Panama City

View of Casco Viejo from Cerro Ancón in Panama City

View of Casco Viejo

From another point, it’s possible to see the Bridge of the Americas and the Panama Canal.

View of Bridge of the Americas from Cerro Ancón in Panama City

View of Bridge of the Americas

View of Panama Canal from Cerro Ancón in Panama City

View of Panama Canal

There’s also a gigantic Panamanian flag proudly flying at the top.

Panamanian flag on Cerro Ancón in Panama City

Panamanian flag

Parque Natural Metropolitano is the other nature park. It’s just north of the city and has a few walking trails with plenty of birds and wildlife to spot. I had planned to visit but unfortunately didn’t have the time.

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