El Valle Panama

or Valle de Anton
Central Panama
Province of Cocle

El Valle Panama

El Valle de Anton is a picturesque mountain town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano, located in the Cocle Province of Panama. This unique destination offers a cool climate, lush landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and forests, El Valle de Anton is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The area is also known for its hot springs, artisan markets, and diverse wildlife, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

Things to do at El Valle

El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden
Explore this unique zoo and botanical garden, home to a variety of native species including jaguars, monkeys, and colorful birds. The garden features a collection of orchids and other tropical plants, offering a peaceful and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

La India Dormida
Embark on a hiking adventure to La India Dormida, a mountain range that resembles a sleeping woman when viewed from a distance. The hike offers stunning panoramic views of El Valle de Antón and the surrounding countryside. It's a moderate hike suitable for all skill levels.

Canopy Adventure
Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the cloud forest on a canopy tour. Glide from platform to platform high above the ground, while enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains and forest below. This eco-friendly adventure is both exciting and educational.

Los Pozos Termales
Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs of El Valle de Antón. These thermal pools are rich in minerals and are believed to have therapeutic properties. Spend a day soaking in the warm waters and enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the surrounding forest.

Artisan Market
Visit the local artisan market to shop for handmade crafts, souvenirs, and fresh produce. Here you'll find a variety of items including pottery, textiles, jewelry, and traditional Panamanian snacks. It's a great place to support local artisans and find unique gifts to take home.

El Valle tours to other destinations nearby

El Chorro Macho Waterfall
Located just outside El Valle de Antón, El Chorro Macho is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. The waterfall has a natural pool at its base where you can swim and relax. The area is also popular for bird watching and nature walks.

Cerro Gaital Natural Monument
Embark on a guided hike to Cerro Gaital, a natural monument that offers stunning views of El Valle de Antón and the surrounding mountains. The hike is relatively challenging but rewarding, with opportunities to spot wildlife and native flora along the way.

Las Piedras Pintadas
Visit Las Piedras Pintadas, a unique archaeological site featuring ancient petroglyphs carved into large boulders. These mysterious rock carvings are believed to be over a thousand years old and offer insight into the culture and history of the indigenous people who once inhabited the area.

El Macho Waterfall and Butterfly Haven
Explore El Macho Waterfall and Butterfly Haven, a nature reserve that is home to a variety of butterfly species and a stunning waterfall. Walk through the butterfly garden to observe these beautiful creatures up close, and then hike to the waterfall for a refreshing swim in the natural pool below.

Location and Map

El Valle is 118km from Panama City. You can get to El Valle easily by private transportation or renting a car. Take the Interamerican Highway heading west out of Panama City. A few kilometers past the town of San Carlos you will find the turn off for El Valle on the right, at the village of Las Uvas. The turn off is approximately 90 kilometers from Panama City and El Valle is 28 kilometers further.

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