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Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City provided by Almiza Tours by My friend Mario

Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City
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Tour snapshot
Guided hike with views of mountains, cloud forest, and waterfalls
Duration:
10h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    10h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
The mountain village of El Valle Anton lies in the foothills of the Cerro Gaital National Park, an around 2-hour drive from Panama City. On this tour, experience the town’s natural wonders and cultural heritage. Visit the botanical gardens and shop for handicrafts at the market; hike the ‘Sleeping Indian’ trail and take a swim beneath a waterfall; and bathe in a natural thermal pool (own expense).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Chance to swim at a jungle waterfall and natural thermal pool
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at your Panama City hotel
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Chance to swim at a jungle waterfall and natural thermal pool
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at your Panama City hotel
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 41127P1
Call +65 6670 9674
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or Minibus
  • Professional driver
  • Professional local guide
  • Beverages (soda, water or local beer)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • 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
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveller 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
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Would need to contact us for your pickup location
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or Minibus
  • Professional driver
  • Professional local guide
  • Beverages (soda, water or local beer)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • 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 details
  • Traveller 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
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Would need to contact us for your pickup location
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    El Valle de Anton
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    The Sleeping Indian Girl
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    El Valle Panama Hot Springs
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    El Valle Market
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Panama City
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
13 reviews
Excellent
9
Very good
2
Average
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Dominique C
2 contributions
Mario and Tomas were great! Mario was really informative about the Valley. Tomas took amazing pics for me on top of the mountain. We had lunch at a local place in town then went to the market next door. Visited a museum about the history of the town then visited a zoo! it was awesoooooomee! Have your camera ready because our day was full of adventure. Mario really made the trip an experience i’ll never forget!
Written 21 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Almiza
Super client, great conditions for the hiking and waterfall trail. Hope see you in the future again. The best for you always,
Written 25 July 2021
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Michoel tes
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Nice tour guide if you like hiking and nice views this is the place you want to go highly recommend this tour
Written 6 February 2020
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Ramon V
New Orleans, LA47 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful valley inside a crater. Tour included a great hike that took our group 3 1/2 hrs to complete. However we had some overly cautious hikers in our group with two over 60 years old. You need to be in good shape. Bath in thermal pools was also enjoyable as well as the mud mask. For adventure seeking tourists, a definitely good pick. I suggest you make your reservation but then call to confirm. We were initially forgotten for pickup because we booked from a platform they don't get much business from and therefore didn't check. However he recovered well in that he had a taxi pick us up to join the group in transit. So we got off to a rocky start but the day ultimately ended up successful.
Written 22 January 2020
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Eric A
New Haven, CT2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were hoping for a strenuous hike, and this was it. It wasn’t listed as one, and took some visitors in our group by surprise. Their view would likely be a 1-star. If you’re looking for a challenging hike, this is for you. If your seeking a leisurely stroll, consider alternatives.
Written 30 December 2019
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spang01
london21 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
We booked this tour through viator and found Mario to be a wonderful tour guide. He spoke fluent English and was very friendly and prompt and made the experience very personal. We headed to hike la India Dormida which had stunning views at the top despite the torrential rain - the hike was challenging in places but fine for most people with an average level of fitness. The humidity can get overwhelming at times, but if you take your time it will be fine. It took us around 45 mins up and 45mins back down. It was quite a busy hike with school kids but not a lot of other tourists which was nice. After we went to local cafe in the villagw for food which was a lovely authentic experience.

Following that was a lovely arts and crafts market - much better quality items and cheaper once you haggle than in Panama City.

The thermal spa was also delightful and we were the only tourists there as it was getting out of season.

The animal sanctuary was good and had lots of rescue animals there - there are lots of species of birds and animals that I hadn't seen before.

I had mentioned to Mario that I wanted to see a wild sloth during my stay and he found one,stopped by the road to point one out to me as a gesture!

Overall I would thoroughly recommend. The nice thing is that the tour guides are local and you get a nice authentic experience - a perfect day out from Panama City.
Written 21 November 2019
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acadonnelly
Austin, TX38 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
So we did this tour on our last day in Panama City. I was trying to figure out what to rate it, I ranged between two and four stars. I finally settled on three stars, but the reason is important. I am rating *this day trip* as three stars. El Valle was very nice. Mario was very nice. The problem? There were two. First, it is a LONG way from Panama City, especially from our hotel near the airport. I found I was apologizing to the people in my group that I set this up for after a 3+ hour drive, adn that is a bad start. Even from downtown it would be two hours. The second reason is that El Valle isn't really somewhere you visit in a day, or part of a day if you take out the 4+ hours of driving you'll be doing. It truly is a lovely town up in an extinct (?) volcanic crater. I feel in a day trip you really only barely touch the area with what we did on this trip. I could easily see spending several days up here, enjoying the town and exploring. And I will likely be doing this on our next trip to Panama

Due to the drive time we skipped the zoo. Which was OK with us. We did the "hot springs", which in reality were lukewarm springs at best. We did a little jungle hike which was neat. We enjoyed the town at lunch. We went and saw some "square trees" near an old hotel, which was only worthwhile because the walk through the hotel grounds and up the creek to these trees was filled with different birds (I am a big birdwatcher). The weather was not great for our trip, I'd love to be here when it is nice and clear.

So in summary, I don't recommend this day trip. I recommend El Valle, and I'm glad I went on this day trip because it introduced me to this town. I also recommend Mario's tours, I would go with him elsewhere. But as a day trip by itself, it was only average.
Written 23 June 2019
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Irish311
San Antonio, TX339 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Had a great time on this tour. Mario picked us up promptly and gave us a lot of Panamanian information for the rest of our trip. We made a restroom stop and he bought us some authentic Panamanian snacks. Good stuff. The hike up was quite challenging and mind you we’ve hiked Rainbow Mountain, Mount Ulriken and Diamond head. I’m no real mountain climber so I think this was the most challenging but rewarding I’ve done at some points you felt like you were rock climbing. It’s beautiful view into El Valle de Anton. What a perfect little town. As we reached summit we were able to watch a rain storm come in. It was amazing to watch as it got closer and closer. It eventually caught us and soaked us. But your in a rainforest so who really cares if you get wet. The water fall was ok it was better for me just to get in to wash off my clothes.

I loved our lunch not a fancy place just a quick cheap delicious place. Hit the spot. The hot springs was good and good to relax at after that hike. The zoo was an ok experience. Mario seemed to have a bond with several of the animals which was great because we love animals. To this point I beg him to ask that place to do more with the coyote it’s cage is deplorable for that animal. It is scared and miserable and that’s mistreatment on the highest level. This is not Mario’s fault you can see he really enjoys animals there. Respond back and I’ll donate to help that coyote.

Had a great day. Highly recommend this tour,.
Written 16 May 2019
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Ariko Iehara
1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Solo
Due to no attendance except me. Agent informed tour might be NOT on.
After that inf. given by agent,I kept asking Tour was on or not.
But Never reply at all. Of cause no one pick me up. Mean Tour itself was cancelled but no proper information & notification to me somemore they still charge me on.
I asked agen how refund tour fee? but so far no reply.
I received bill from credit card company, so far I do not know how to do. Coz agent is NO reaction at all for this cancellation......
Written 25 April 2019
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Trisha J
3 contributions
Mar 2019
This was a great way to experience nature and observe local life. Mario was super friendly and was flexible on any changes we wanted to make.
Written 4 April 2019
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Jordan W
Panama City, Panama2 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Highlight: Best hike I have been on in a long time! The sleeping indian hike was challenging but very rewarding with a great view at the top.

Lowlight: I had no actual confirmation about the pickup time nor did they ask for my info until the night before when I reached out to the contact numbers and emails.

Pickup was at 8 am for me but it depends on your hotel. After pickup, we drove 2 hours to el Valle and it was a pretty easy drive. We first stopped at a museum to understand the area more (1 hour). After that we went straight to the hike. the hike was straight up and some parts you had to use both your feet and arms to get up. One at the top there is a complete view of the Valle. Coming down is a lot easier and you get to see a couple of waterfalls and an old map of the area that was etched into stone. after the hike (2-3 hours) we got lunch at a restaurant in town (1 hour). After lunch we then headed over to the hot springs which were not very impressive but were very welcomed after the hike (1 hour). Then we headed back to Panama City and got back around 7pm. Was a great experience all around and Mario was very nice! The driver was also very funny and the other guide was nice as well.

If you are not in good shape they have another option which was a walk to some waterfalls but I did not go on that part of it so I cannot speak about it. It only replaces the hike portion of my description and everything else still applies.
Written 5 January 2019
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