El Valle de Anton, Panama

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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more


Hike in dormant volcano and visit a scenic mountain village on a full-day, active trip to El Valle from Panama City that includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels. Explore local wildlife and plants at a zoo and botanical garden, swim in a jungle waterfall, soak in a natural thermal pool, and visit the colorful handicraft market before returning to Panama City.
  • Full-day El Valle tour from Panama City
  • Active tour with a jungle hike
  • Explore a local zoo
  • Visit petroglyphs and a waterfall
  • Soak in natural hot springs
  • Round-trip transport from Panama City
Begin with pickup at your hotel in select areas of Panama City, then make the 2-hour trip into the mountains in an air-conditioned minivan or minibus. Enjoy views of the countryside as you leave the city, winding up into the high altitude jungle.
Make the first stop of the day at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden (entrance fees not included), where you can spot native plants and wildlife, including the rare golden frog from the forests surrounding El Valle. After time to purchase lunch in the village, see the mountains up close on a hike to a set of mysterious petroglyphs and a waterfall that’s perfect for swimming.
You’ll also have the option to choose a more challenging hike to the top of the Sleeping Indian, a distinctive feature on the rim of the volcano. When you’re back at the trailhead, soak your hiking muscles at the town’s natural thermal pools (own expense), and if desired, visit the local handicraft market for indigenous crafts from around the country. At the end of the afternoon, meet the vehicle for the return trip to your Panama City hotel, where this tour concludes.

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, Aug 2018

If you want to venture out from central Panama City, this is a great means to do so. The tour has many of stops and things to do, even self exploration at the market square once you arrive at El Valle Anton. Just be sure to bring a sufficient amount of cash to cover entrance fees. Be sure to sample some of the fresh local fruit at the market. Mario provides a great tour and is quite flexible. I was one of 3 people in the group, and we decided that we wanted to have an extended amount of time at the market, so we didn't make it to the zoo.

, Mar 2018

The tour was nice and he explained a lot with the birds and monkeys. Got there on time and had water for us as it was a warm day.

, Feb 2018

Our trip to the Anton Valley offered a chance to see the real Panama, one that canal and beach visitors often miss. The sites, such as the waterfall El Chorro Macho, and the people, like those at the local farmers market, make this trip educational and deeply memorable. Our tour guide, Mario, offered us interesting and enlightening commentary as we drove. He explained what a true Panamanian carnival involved. His tour partner, Juliet, was especially helpful because my wife is visually impaired. Juliet helped guide her so she could enjoy the hike on the suspension bridges and elsewhere. Our last stop, the Nispero Zoo, was the most fulfilling because we were able to visit the Smithsonian's amphibian rescue center. The display of native frogs is impressive and not often seen by zoo visitors. If we had been forced to fly home that evening, our time in the Anton Valley would have made the trip worthwhile.

, Jan 2018

Surprises: There's a 2 entry fee, a 5 entry fee and another 5 entry fee to get into the museum, the zoo and the waterfall.
The museum was so-so the outside exhibits were better than the inside ones.
The zoo houses animals in small cages and many of the animals are common in our US zoos so not much new to see there. It's hard to not feel badly for the animals.
The waterfall setting was real nice. The private owner has done a lot of infrastructure work to make all the walkways and swimming area. You're in a quiet, peaceful, natural rain forest setting.
Our local food restaurant was real good.
The advertising photos implied that we would be in wide open spaces. Actually, we were in the rain forest or small town called El Valle all of the time.

, Jan 2017

Our guide was extremely funny, knowledgeable and his English was perfect. We got a very comprehensive view of the El Valle area, he explained to us in detail the engineering of the canal, and stopped at a little beach on the way back.
All in all was a fantastic experience.

, Jan 2017

Very nice place to visit and very good guide. We could personalize our tour and pass by the beach and eat there.

The only part is because it was only the ride and the guide's information, it was too expensive.

, Jan 2017

My Friend Mario excellent tour guide. The mountains are beautiful, and the waterfall is refreshing. Overall, this is 100 worth it.

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