Panama Day 7. Panama City: A Morning Hike in Metropolitan Natural Park
I awoke early Sunday morning on my recent visit to Panama . I was staying at the Marriot Panama Hotel near the Albrook Mall. I chose this hotel since in was within walking distance of the Metropolitan Natural Park. This almost 600 acre park has the largest rainforest in a city in Central America. . After a cup of coffee, I left the hotel and began my walk along the streets of modern Panama City.
There was little traffic on Sunday morning. It was mild and humid with temperatures in the mid 70’s under partly cloudy skies. I followed the highway that would take me past the vast Albrook Mall, the largest in Central and South America.
There is a large bus terminal across from the Mall. On Saturday the street between the two were congested with motor vehicles and pedestrians. Not Sunday morning. Not yet anyway. The street was empty except for vendors setting up stands along the bus terminal.
There was little traffic on the street, and there were some wooded fields here and I saw a few birds, this pale vented pigeon perched in a treetop,
and a few thick-billed seed finch. This is a male,
I walked through the gardens and onto the gravel trail that led into the rainforest. There were a lot of other folks enjoying the beauty of the park , including a lot of families with young children. It was nice to see this. Teaching children about the beauty of nature is our best hope to protecting what is left of the natural wilderness on our planet.
There are over 250 different species of trees in the Metropolitan Natural Park and I could only one I was familiar with from my many visits to South Florida the gumbo-limbo tree. I love these reddish brown trees.
It was hot and humid and I was surprised there were no mosquitoes in the park. There were insect and I saw many birds feeding on them including this female bird summer tanager.
this female dusky ant bird.
I am not sure of these two identifications, but I believe this is a bay breasted warbler,
and this a blackpoll warbler.
I saw a few more birds, including this cocoa woodcreeper,
and this beautiful crimson crested woodpecker. Unfortunately it was remained partially hidden in the trees.
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the view. There were dozens of people also lined up along the overview waiting to see the spectacular scenery below. Music played and people talked and laughed. It was a wonderful place to spend a Sunday morning and a lot of residents of Panama City took the long steep walk to enjoy it.
Along the way I followed a pair of beautiful red throated ant tanagers, this is the male,
I also saw this rufous tailed hummingbird
visiting some bird-of – paradise flowers. Here is a link to a photo gallery on my blog webpage with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Panama Day 7 Panama City Metropolitan Natural Park birds. October 22 2023
I finished my five mile hike around 10:30 just as the breakfast buffet was ending. I sat down and enjoyed a nice meal. I returned to my room but I didn’t have a lot of time to shower and edit photos. I had arranged for a tour of the Panama Canal at 1:00 p.m. This was the main reason for my visit, and another item from my bucket list that I started in grade school will be checked off the list. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos from my five mile hike. Panama Day 7 Panama City Metropolitan Natural Park . October 22 2023
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
“I like to take walks in the park by myself, where no one can bother me and I can think.” – Magic Johnson