The song of the birds, the fresh air and the fresh breeze of the forest immediately relax our senses upon arriving at the Summit Municipal Park, one of the most frequented natural sites by tourists visiting the city of Panama, located in the Ancon Corregimiento, 20 minutes from the city center.
The park has become a tourist attraction that annually attracts about 190 thousand people, since it has picnic areas, playgrounds, also educate the visitor about the collection they have of plants and trees, and the value of the eagle Harpía, as a national bird of Panama.
Summit in the English language means summit or summit and in fact it was the highest point of the railroad of the Antigua Canal Zone, between the Caribbean and Pacific of Panama, which is why it is named after the area and the park, said the administrator of the Summit Park, Edgar Araúz.
In 1923, the park was born as an experimental plant farm, with the fundamental objective of propagating and disseminating plants that were brought from five continents. Consecutively, in 1939 the park adjusted the facilities for the attention of visitors.
With the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, on September 7, 1977, the Summit Park became one of the first sites to be reverted to Panama along with the Soberania Park in 1979. In 1985 the park administration passed to the Municipality of Panama to the present.
Gilberto Alemancia, executive of the Department of International Communications of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), said that visitors from Germany, France, Spain who come to the city seek places to go hiking, also know the Harpy eagle. “Basically they want to be connected with nature,” he said.
Alemancia indicated that the interconnection of the Summit Park with the Soberanía National Park, is a great advantage so that they know both places and of course the Panama Canal, becoming a perfect route for the hiker.
Apart from those mentioned, there are native species of Panama such as the Vela tree, used as a diuretic (to treat the accumulation of liquids in the body) and the National tree of Panama, whose bark was used as a remedy against malaria.
Harpy Eagle Center as park attraction
The Harpy Eagle Center was built in 1998, for conservation and environmental education. Ron Magill, of the Miami zoo, initiated the project of the center and with it other sponsors joined, among them Sony and Miami Metrozoo.