Mariposario Metropolitano

Panama City

With 1600 species, Panama City's butterfly garden is a worthy stop for nature lovers. Fifteen-minute guided tours explain the life cycle of butterflies and point out their favorite plants. Panama itself is home to 30 native butterfly species. Note that the butterflies themselves are most active on hot and sunny days.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Panama City attractions

1. Parque Natural Metropolitano


On a hill north of downtown, this 265-hectare park protects vast expanses of tropical semideciduous forest within the city limits, and serves as an…

2. Museo de Ciencias Naturales

1.47 MILES

Museo de Ciencias Naturales has sections on geology, paleontology, entomology and marine biology, as well as an impressive display of taxidermy.

3. Balboa Statue

1.62 MILES

Sculpted by Miguel Blan and Mariano Benlliure, the Balboa statue overlooks the Bahía de Panamá and was inaugurated in 1924, a gift from Spain.

4. Museo Afro-Antilleano

1.69 MILES

The small Afro-Antillean museum has exhibits on the history of Panama’s West Indian community, particularly their work building the railroad and later the…

5. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo


This wonderful privately owned museum features the best collection of Panamanian art anywhere, an excellent collection of works on paper by Latin American…

6. Panama Canal Murals

1.89 MILES

The story of the monumental effort to build the Panama Canal is powerfully depicted in murals by notable artist William B Van Ingen of New York. The…

7. World Trade Center


Located within the financial district, these two towers were built in 1996.

8. Palacio de las Garzas

2.38 MILES

The Palacio de las Garzas is named after the great garzas blancas (white herons) that reside here. The president of Panama lives on the upper floor.