Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

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Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City
from AUD $146.64
You will travel to an unique community that is actually created within a huge dormant volcano. From El Valle we will be able to relax with the mud mask and the thermal baths, and also observe the local zoo with its tropical animals and flowers. Other attractions are the golden frogs, the square trees, the market and the valley great for nature hikers.
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In Brief

Panama City, Panama
10 hours
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: El Valle de Anton Panama

El Valle is a charming small town, the place is the perfect destination for locals to practice outdoor activities. You will be picked up from your hotel in Panama City and be transferred to El Valle on a drive that takes about 2 hours.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Sleeping Indian Girl, Calle La India, El Valle de Anton 1001 Panama

The hill has the shape of one native lady sleeping, is a popular destination for locals to hike to the top and take nice pictures of town inside the volcano creater.

Persons in good conditions could reach the top in 45 minutes, and the circuit in 2 hours approx.

Persons in regular conditions could take 1 hour 15 minutes to the top, and the circuit in 3 hours approx.

Admission fee: US$ 4 each

For those clients no interested to hike, then, we will visit Chorro El Macho trail with the hanging bridge and biggest waterfall of El Valle

Admission fee: US$ 5 each

Visit the thermal pool to relax with the mud mask and the pool with minerals, then later have a nice lunch

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: El Valle Panama Hot Springs, El Valle de Anton Panama

The local spa.
To recover after the hike, the locals go to relax the body and muscles inside the warm water pool with plenty minerals. Bring swimsuit and towel.

In addition, the place also has one area to put a mud mask, the mud rich in minerals help to revitalize the face and body.

Admission fee: US4 each

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: El Valle market, Anton Valley, Panama

After 1 hour lunch in one local restaurant, The persons will walk to the local Market to see or buy the plants, fruits and handycraft make it for the locals. Normally, we stay 30 minutes to see the market stands and take pictures.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, El Valle de Anton Panama

After visit the Market to buy local souvenirs and take pictures, then we go to Garden and zoo El Nispero to see animals difficult to find into the rainforest. Admssion fee US$ 5 each

Length: 1 hour approx
For those no interested to visit zoo, we go to Hotel Campestre to see the famous Golden Frog, exclusive animal from El Valle. Almost extinct, the last time found it in a wild was 2008, now we reproduce in laboratory and try to release in a wild sooner.

To see few golden frogs the admmission is free, but we recommend give a donation or buy any kind the souvenir to help to support the scientific research and protection of the frog.

Lengh: 10 minutes approx

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Panama City, Panama City, Panama Province

Back to your hotel in Panama City.

Length: 2hours approx.


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or Minibus
  • Professional driver
  • Professional local guide
  • Beverages (soda, water or local beer)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Lunch
  • Museum entrance fee US$3 per person (optional)
  • Chorro el Macho trail US$5 per person (Optional)
  • Mud mask and Thermal pool US$4 per person (optional)
  • El Nispero zoo US$5 per person (optional)
  • Any entrance fee attractions will be pay for the client.
  • Hotels or resorts outside our pick up range,have extra cost. Pay US$20 total for 1-12 passengers
  • Entry/Admission - The Sleeping Indian Girl
  • Entry/Admission - El Valle Panama Hot Springs
  • Entry/Admission - El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels or resorts outside our pick up range,have extra cost to cover round trip transfer. Like Westin Playa Bonita or Dream Playa Bonita. Pay US$20 total for 1-12 passengers

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Would need to contact us for your pickup location
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.24 out of 5 based on the last 17 recent reviews

It was two of us: my 25yo daughter (from San Diego hiking every weekend) and 50yo myself (from Tampa hiking once in a blue moon). I will give this activity 6 out of 10 for difficulty (for me, for 50yolder, for my daughter it was 1-2) and 10 out of 10 for fun. It was a wonderful day with our tour guide Mario and few other tourists, we did a lot! we saw a lot! we took unbelievable photos! we had a nice local lunch! lifetime memories for sure. I definitely recommend to buy this trip, it was interesting for both of us.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
MyFriendMario was an amazing tour guide! Highly recommend anything he does with you in Panama. Catered to higher level hikers and those wanting less intense experience. Super knowledgable and kind, as was his partner Doni Wilson.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2020
I couldn’t be any more pleased! Mario our tour guide was awesome! From the time he picked us up to the time we were dropped off was all jokes mixed into history. He made us feel safe. The view from the mountain top was priceless! I would recommend everyone to do this adventure.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
Super nice day and an amazing tour-guide! He was outstanding, showed El Valle very personal, adjusting to any needs we had, very proactive and most of all fun! :)
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
Panama City is interesting no doubt, but it can get monotonous. This tour out of the city allowed us to see more of what Panama had to offer.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2019
This was easily our favorite day of our week-long vacation in Panama City and Cartagena, Columbia. We had a bit of a panic when we realized that we didn't know our pickup location, but we were able to call Mario on the phone and sort it out. Mario was a great guide. He is very friendly and speaks good English, but when I mentioned I was trying to learn Spanish, he challenged me to get better by speaking to me mostly in Spanish. The day starts with a guided hike led by a kid from the local community. We hiked up the hillside of the volcano, and came back down through some gorgeous rainforest and waterfalls. The hike is VERY hard- my husband and I are athletes and found it very difficult. It's not very far in terms of mileage, but the elevation change makes it very challenging. I would not recommend this for older folks, inexperienced hikers, or young kids. Our total hiking time was about an hour and a half. After the hike, we went to the natural pools, which was delightful! There were two pools and mud masks that we could put on in a smaller pool. One of the pools was very hot (just under hot-tub temp) and the other was around 85-90 degrees (F). This is definitely a kid-friendly place, but it wasn't overly busy and there weren't kids splashing everywhere. After the pool, we had lunch at a little roadside place that Mario recommended. It didn't look like much but the food was fabulous. Then, we walked across the street to the local market. There's no difference between this market and other trinket/tourist markets in Panama City, but the prices are slightly cheaper. Finally, we went to a local zoo, which was nice and beautiful, but wasn't really a make or break part of the day for me. I could see how this could be really fun for the little ones, if you're traveling with kids. The Zoo was owned and operated by local veterinarians, and had a lot of birds, a few monkeys, a tapir (the coolest animal we saw) and 2 cheetahs. I'm always a little iffy on the ethics of local zoos like this, but Mario assured me it was well-run and all the animals were there because they couldn't live in the wild. Everything about the experience matched the listing, and we definitely thought the cost was worth it. You're essentially paying for a private ride from Panama City and access to Mario's expertise, because you have to pay nominal entry fees at all stops on the trip. All in all, totally worth the cost because we never could have replicated this trip on our own.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 01 Aug 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.
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018
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.
• Submitted 19 Jan 2017
My Friend Mario excellent tour guide. The mountains are beautiful, and the waterfall is refreshing. Overall, this is 100 worth it.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2017
I felt specially treated on the tour. When I heard that the main hike is long and up, I opted for a more relaxed day. Was a nice mix of things. The cooler temperature was welcome.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2020
Interesting excursion. We did everything that was described on the site. My husband and I enjoyed the thermal spa,the pool, the zoo and the museum. But we didn't get any drinks as it is advertise on the trip description.
• Submitted 02 May 2019
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.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018
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.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2017
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.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
The El Valle Anton tour was supposed to include a hike in the dormant volcano, visit to a scenic village, a zoo with wildlife and botanical garden, jungle waterfall, soak in natural hot springs, and visit the local handicraft market. We started off with a visit to the waterfalls that was refreshing and fun to walk across the swaying suspension bridges. We passed by the market on our way to the park with the hike to the volcano rim. Our tour guide told us that it was a 30-45 min. hike for those in good shape. The beginning of the trail up to the big rock was fine and listed as easy. From there the path was rocky, uneven, slippery, and steep in places. We were struggling and stopped for a moment and folks coming down said we were not half-way yet. We decided to stop and go back. When we got back to the start and looked at the Large sign board with the trail map, it indicated this was a 3km hike just to the top and would take 3 hours and that after the rock it was listed as moderate and later as severe. Hardly 45 minutes!! We waited a LONG time for the rest of the group to return - it was 4 hours later. We got back on the bus and went to town for lunch. We then had 10 minutes to spend in the market, got back on the bus and arrived at the zoo about 4:30pm - the closing time. The zoo did stay open and we had about 45 minutes - it was a sorry state with animals in small cages and no explanation about the botanical gardens. We did not go to the Thermal Springs because they had already closed. The guide took way too long on the hike so we did not have adequate time for the market and did not get to the thermal springs at all and we were both looking forward to that. Unless you really like hiking over steep, slippery, muddy, rugged terrain, I would avoid this tour. The driver was very nice and very good. We did not get back to Panama City until 7:30 pm and we were exhausted.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2019
I have to say, not AT ALL how it was published...We had only 3 people on tour, so my guess is...they cut CORNERS at our expense. should have cancelled the tour due to lack of participation. A college student driving his own car was our driver, NOT GUIDE.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020

In Brief

Panama City, Panama
10 hours
Monday, Thursday and Saturday