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Type of trail: Loop
Round Trip Distance: 1.45 km (0.9 miles)
Round Trip Duration: 1.5 hours
Increase in elevation: 109 m (357 ft.)
Height max: 150 m (492 ft.)
Attractions: Forest, three lookouts, plants and animals
Activities: walking, hiking, bird watching and trail running
Use: Medium
Activity combines some easy stretches with others that require more physical effort. It applies to long walks on uneven ground (river crossings, dense vegetation , large rocks very slippery floor), or short walks on trails with steep slope.



The Parque Natural Metropolitano is located at the end of Via Juan Pablo II. Trailheads are easily located from the visitor’s center.


The trails can be explored without a guide, but you can get more knowledge about the flora and fauna of the park through a guide if you make a reservation in advance.

The circuit of Caobos – El Roble Loop combines both trails. The Caobos Trail strats uphill and reaches a maximum elevation of 87 meters (285 ft) where there is a small gazebo and then starts downhill.

The El Roble Trail is flat and intersects in the middle with the Caobos Trail which you can use to loop back to the Visitors Center or continue on to some of the park’s other trails.

Seasonal Elements: Accessible year round


The Visitor Center has restrooms, water fountain and a souvenir shop.


Trail is well marked so you do not need a guide, but if you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area a guide can be very helpful. (Reservation required).

For safety it is recommended not to go alone.What to Bring:

  1. Enough Water
  2. Enough Food
  3. Shoes with good soles or Hiking boots (do not wear flip-flops)
  4. Rain jacket (rainy season)
  5. Repellent (optional)
  6. Hiking Poles (optional)
  7. Head lamp (optional)


Management: Metropolitan Natural Park Board

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday

-Nationals or residents with ID - B/. 1.00
Children (3-17 years) and Retirees - B/0.50
-Foreign Visitors
Children (3-17 years) - B / . 2.00
Adults and Retirees - B/4.00
Contact Information:

Metropolitan Natural Park: 232-5552/5516/6713

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Twitter: PNMetropolitano


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  1. Shoes: Make sure they have good grip. Wear them in before hiking. They will get wet.
  2. Water: 1 liter = 2.5 hours.
  3. Food: Dried and fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate.
  4. Be well informed: Read about the trail. Know about where you are going.
  5. Don’t go alone: Always say where you will be and when you expect to be back.
  6. Clothes: light, quick dry, no shorts, NO JEANS.
  7. Stay on the trail: everything in the jungle looks green, don’t take short cuts can fool you.
  8. Leave no Trace: leave with what you bring in.
  9. Repellent, sun block and a flashlight. In Panama it gets dark by 6:30.
  10. Guides: if you are not sure about the trial. GET A GUIDE.