Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hello from Parque Metropolitano!

From what I've read, I gather that Panama City is the only city in the world that has a rainforest within the city limits. People call Parque Metropolitano (which I always seem to mispronounce) the "pulmón de la ciudad de Panama" or the lungs of Panama City. The park has a wide diversity of birds, insects, plants and other wildlife which can be seen by hiking one of the several trails that crisscross the park. Also, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has a rainforest canopy crane that you can pay to go up in, allowing you to see the wildlife that lives in the canopy. While walking around the park, I learned that the park's canopy is home to a species of frogs that lives its entire life in the canopy without ever touching the ground!

This video was taken at the Mirador, or viewpoint at the top of the park with views of Panama City and the Pacific.

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