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Hot springs in a cool valley
El Valle de Antón, a resort town which has become an important eco-resort, lies in the green mountains of the province of Coclé about 120 kilometers from Panama City.
The town is located on the site of an extinct volcano which has left the area with hot springs and fertile land ideal for flowers and vegetables.
Due to its altitude, El Valle enjoys a cool climate year round. This has transformed the town into a week-end retreat for many Panamanian city-dwellers and now many of our visitors have also discovered the delights it has to offer.
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.
A relaxing way to tour the valley, or the mountains beyond for that matter, is to hire a horse. They are available at the roadside ready saddled, at weekends.
A special attraction are the hot springs of El Valle. The thermal waters are collected in outdoor pools. The water has a natural temperature of 37.5 degrees Celcius and high levels of sodium and bicarbonate, which are said to be good for the skin.
Daring adventurers will also find a lot of action in El Valle with the Canopy Adventure zip line attraction,
On the weekends, and especially Sunday, the otherwise quiet and relaxed El Valle becomes a picturesque country shopping center, celebrating its most popular tradition: The Market.
The town has a number of fine lodging facilities including a boutique hotel of great distinction, Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa and Hotel, which is located at the edge of the town flanking the border of a national park.