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Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

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Panama City, Panama
Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Active tour with a jungle hike
  • Visit petroglyphs and a waterfall
  • Soak in natural hot springs
  • Round-trip transport from Panama City
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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

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

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
El Valle de Anton
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Sleeping Indian Girl
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
El Valle Panama Hot Springs
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
El Valle Market
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Panama City
Back to your hotel in Panama City. Length: 2hours approx.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Almiza tour by My friend Mario
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City.

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  • "Just be sure to bring a sufficient amount of cash to cover entrance fees." See review
  • "It's not very far in terms of mileage, but the elevation change makes it very challenging." See review

Reviews

4.5
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39 Reviews

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star-4
A good tour to get out of the city
Lauren_M
, Sep 2021
This is experience was a good one to get out of the city and see more of Panama. The tour guides were great, the only reason I gave this tour 4 stars instead of 5 was that the hot springs were closed which we were really looking forward to and the golden frogs people were not there the first time we tried to go by. We did end up seeing them but we had to go back a second time. The hot springs being closed was a big disappointment to us. The rest of the tour was great though!
star-5
GREAT TOUR
Dana_W
, Jul 2021
Mario was an AMAAAAAZING Tour Guide! He was extremely patient and kind to me during this tour, especially since I could not do the entire hike myself. We went to an amazing natural spring and saw a beautiful waterfall and so much more! When you book definitely ask for Mario!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Nice you enjoyed the El Valle. For sure is a must to do tour from Panama city. You are welcome anytime.
star-5
Great Tour
Heather_B
, Jun 2021
Wow, what a great tour! The guide and driver went above and beyond to make the day perfect. Although covid has closed some attractions, there was still so much to see and do. The hike was fun and since children and pets do it, it is not overly challenging except for the slippery terrain. The food was great and vegetarian friendly. The butterfly museum and new welcome center were also good. I did not go swimming, but there was an opportunity to view petroglyphs and a waterfall. This tour was amazing with so much to see and do!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your kind words, you are welcome anytime.
star-5
Spring of Life and more!
CeCe
, Mar 2020
Mario and assistants gave exceptional service! The entire experience was invigorating! Weather was good and lots of sun --cooler than the city! If go again would try mid February! Don't miss the Butterfly exhibit and Zoo! The highlight is the mud face and spring of life swim. Would not have missed this one! Highly recommeded!
star-5
Beautiful El Valle Anton
Jeanne_G
, Mar 2020
If you want to get out of Panama City for the day take the El Valle Anton tour. There were 3 in our group and we were the only 3 on the tour with our terrific tour guide Mario. He is very knowledgeable, personable, courteous and professional. El Valley Anton is a beautiful area in the mountains with great weather. Mario took us hiking, experienced the hot springs, applied mud masks, strolled through the local market and tasted delicious local fruits and had lunch together at a local restaurant. A must-do tour and should not be missed.
star-4
A cool, relaxed day if you skip the hike
info
, Feb 2020
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.
star-5
Best experience in Panama
innajohnsonksa
, Jan 2020
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great to be out of the city to explore ...
mjbspitzer
, Jan 2020
MyFriendMario.com 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.
star-5
Anton Valley
yehuditash
, Jan 2020
Amazing hike and scenic views. Mario our tour guide is very knowledgeable, funny, knows the area extremely well and is a pleasure to tour with. Highly recommend his tour.
star-1
Not so good!
jill j
, Jan 2020
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.

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