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Enjoy Your Perfect Panama Escape in El Valle de Anton

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Dear Luke and Leia,

I think it’s time for an action-packed weekend retreat from Panama City. El Valle de Anton offers cooler weather, great things to do and spectacular sights, starting from the top of the mountain road before heading into the valley. We've been there before. The hardest part is to pick out just what to do in this short time of visiting.

Los Pozos Termales – The hot springs

We can go to Los Pozos Termales, the hot springs in El Valle, to rub some volcanic clay all over our bodies and take up the healing properties in the clay. Or we can just give ourselves a clay facial. People do both there.

The Town Market

It's fun to shop for some high quality, low priced produce at the farmers market, or maybe pick up some local crafts from the souvenir market.

APROVACA Orchid Center

How about a beautiful walk through the orchid gardens at Aprovaca Orchid Center? Their goal is to protect the many endangered orchids in Panama. This is where to come to see the variety of orchids that grow wild in Panama. We like to take our guests here. They have some unusual ones.

Swimming in a Mountain Spring swimming hole

If the temperature is hotter than usual, I vote for a dip… or maybe a jump into the swimming hole after a brisk hike up the mountain.

El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden

Let’s not forget the “non-zoo” zoo called El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden. It was never intended to be a zoo, but it just turned out that way.

El Serpentario – The Reptile Zoo

My vote is for visiting the small center for reptile conservation in town. They even have dangerous snakes like the Fer-de-lance and Bushmaster, the ultimate pit vipers.


Or we could hang out and feed the birds at Cabanas Potosi resort. Since our hostess is so kind and loves feeding the vast variety of birds to see in El Valle de Anton, staying put and bird watching could be the best choice.

If we were to take you to El Valle de Anton, which of these activities would you like to do?


Nana and Pap


Written by Dan

Professional photographer specializing in street, food and travel shots at As We Saw It travel blog. Enjoys catching children at play, showing their innocence in every situation … we all can learn that, to be content with what our Father in heaven has provided. Photography is unique in that it captures light in all forms, and since the Bible says YHVH (God) is light, photography captures Him in many forms.

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16 thoughts on “Enjoy Your Perfect Panama Escape in El Valle de Anton

    1. Laurie, I owe you a HUGE apology. I just discovered your comments. Apparently my security program has been doing weird stuff and routed a slew of comments to Trash, a folder I never bother to check. What’s worse, I’m baffled as to why. If you comment here again, don’t worry because I plan to monitor Trash from now on!

  1. If I were there, I’d go swimming, I think. Or maybe try the clay masks. Your photography is beautiful. It reminds me of Honduras, where I lived for nearly a decade. Thanks for the virtual trip to Panama!

    1. We’ve only been to Roatan for one day, on a cruise, so all we got to experience was Gumbalimbo park. I bet you have a whole lot of good stories to share.

    1. Samiya, You are so right, there is a bunch to do and a few days would work. Just sitting around and watching nature happen is a big things to do. We didn’t go into the food, but it is great as well. Thanks for your comments. Enjoy!

  2. Beautiful place. I don’t know if I would be interested in the healing powers of the volcanic clay. It looks sort of gross to paint your body with that mud, but I know people go crazy over that kind of stuff. I would however love to visit the hot springs.

    1. No worries, Michele, you could stay outside with the turtles and let everyone else go inside where the snake aquariums are. Anyway, even if your kids ever managed to talk you into taking them, the secret is that the reptile farm is rarely open.

    1. Haha – talk about random! The large zoo was an unexpected surprise, especially considering how small the town is. We were wondering how they can afford to feed all the beasts.

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