El Valle De Anton, Panama

What to See

La India Dormida

Get a guide to hike La India Dormida
by Drdang about 8 years ago
Get a guide to hike La India Dormida

A Panamanian guy we met said La India Dormida was his favorite sight in Panama. I see his point. As you approach El Valle de Anton (2 hours from Panama City), La India Dormida (which looks like a profile of a sleeping woman) juts up into the sky. The hike up the mountain is gorgeous with several waterfalls cascading down at several spots along the trail. Go with a guide as the trail is not marked (an American got lost for 3 days several years ago) and bring a bathing suit (there are a few babbling brooks where you can take a dip). David (6897-8379 or 6482-2897) helped us arrange a guide. The hike took 3 hours and we paid $12 (group of 2).

Pozos Termales

Recommended Health Bargain
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago
Recommended Health Bargain

It was easy falling into our daily routine in El Valle. Everyday at 2:30pm, we walked along Millionaire Row to the thermal springs, all the while admiring the landscaping and manicured lawns of Panama's richest. The $2 entrance fee paid for access to the pools and a mud facial. There is a stream that runs through the grounds. The mountains form a nice backdrop, and the area is lush with leafy plants. Because we came during the week (this is the best time to go), we were, most of the time, alone. Though we weren't initially very impressed--the pools are a little small--we came to love Pozos Termales. Great place to relax for a few days. The pools are open every day from 8am-5pm.

What to Eat

Worth The Splurge

Tasty, healthy meals - $5
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago
Tasty, healthy meals - $5

Arturo and Natasha, the couple behind Artash, opened this small restaurant on the Arturo family residence--there are only three patio tables--about two months ago. The two decided to start their own venture after working together (and falling in love) in Playa Venao. It's a nice set-up and virtually unknown since the restaurant really isn't marketed in town. Our favorites included the Moroccan dish and chicken salad crepes, and for dessert, whatever they're serving. To get there from the main market in town, walk towards the Panamerican Hwy and turn right just after Hotel Santa Librada. There is a small sign out front. Artash is open every day from 9am - 6pm except Tuesdays.