El Valle de Anton *
El Valle de Anton is a beautiful and picturesque country town located 123 km west of Panama City. It is nestled in the crater of a giant extinct volcano that exploded 5 million years ago, creating one of the largest craters of the world, with a diameter of 5 km surrounded by jagged peaks filled with lush green forest, bright flowers, orchids, waterfalls, thermal springs, square trees and golden frogs.
Today, this volcanic valley is very fertile and boasts a very nice ideal year-round climate with temperatures between 68F to 78F. El Valle de Anton undoubtedly ranks among the top list of Panama’s best relaxing refuge sites in the country.
Enjoy an early morning of birding on the trail that goes along the ridge of the protected area of Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, which is 3,300 ft. (900m) above sea level. Species that we will be looking for: Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, White-ruffed Manakin, Blue-and-white Swallow, White-throated Thrush, Silver-throated Tanagers, Orange-bellied Trogon, Plain Antvireo, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, White-tipped Sicklebill, Slaty Antwren, Black-headed Antthrush, Common Bush-Tanager, Black-faced Grosbeak, various hummingbirds such as Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-tailed Emerald.
El Valle attractions also include an excursion to the legendary mountain of “La India Dormida” (The Sleeping Maiden Indian), the beautiful waterfall called “Chorro El Macho” and an Indian market held every Sunday showcasing beautiful local handicrafts such as wooden bowls and trays, carved furniture and paintings on wood, ceramics, woven baskets, hats, hammocks, molas, as well as vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, flowers, and orchids.