El Valle de Antón
El Valle is located on the site of an extinct volcano..
This is the largest volcano in Panama in pre-historic times. This fact has endowed this area with hot springs and fertile land ideal for flowers and vegetables.
El Valle is 120 kilometers from Panama City, and the journey takes about an hour and a half up the PanAmerican Highway, on the same road that takes you to some beautiful Pacific beaches.
El Valle enjoys a cool climate year round. This town is a week-end retreat for many wealthy Panamanians, who have built beautiful villas and country homes there.
El Valle is also a land of history and legend. Inhabited for hundreds of years by several Native American tribes, the area is famous for some rare petroglyphs which have not yet been deciphered.
El Valle has lush vegetation, golden frogs, square trees, and beautiful waterfalls.
On weekends, and especially on Sunday, the quite and relaxed El Valle becomes a picturesque country shopping center, celebrating its most popular tradition: The Market. In this event, locals and residents of neighboring towns (including some of the Indians who come down from the mountain) gather to offer an impressive variety of flowers, handicrafts, rattan furniture, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
There you can probably see one of the famous orchids we have in Panama, which is the “Flower of the Holy Spirit”, a very rare specie which is Panama´s National Flower.
El Valle is an awesome town for you to visit!
Train ride to Colon – Minimum 2 people
Take a train ride from Panama City to Colon bording the Panama Canal, tour in that area, then ride back to the city.
This is a wonderful, all day tour. You actually border the Panama Canal the whole hour that this trip takes. The tour is only available from Monday to Friday (the train does not run on Saturdays and Sundays).
- We pick you up at your Panama City hotel at 6:00am and take you to the train station so that you can purchase your ticket for the train ($25.00 per person).
- My guide will then leave you there to drive to Colon so that when you arrive in Colon he will be there waiting for you. The train leaves Panama at 7:15am and arrives in Colon at 8:15am.
- We will take you to visit the NEW LOCKS BEING BUILT ON THE ATLANTIC SIDE. THEY HAVE OPENED A WONDERFUL NEW OBSERVATION CENTER WHERE YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW CONSTRUCTION.
- We take you on a ride to San Lorenzo which is located at the mouth of the Chagres River. Here you can visit a big fortress which was built here by the Spaniards to protect that area against pirates.
- We then take you to have lunch at “Shelter Bay”, a marina not far away from the new set of locks.
- You drive back to Panama City with my bilingual guide.
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