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The charming country town of El Valle is easily accessible from Panama City and the Azuero Peninsula and enjoys a cooler climate than the capital thanks to its altitude, making it a popular weekend hideaway for some of Panama's wealthy urbanites.

The town is nestled in the crater of an enormous extinct volcano, and although the five kilometre concave is less geologically obvious than it sounds, it can be admired from a view point on the road descending into the crater.

The crater feels more like a valley (hence the town's name) and is one of the largest in the Americas, which is thought to be at least three million years old.

El Valle is a tranquil, secret hideaway with few tourists. Cool tropical forests filled with exotic birdlife, waterfalls and mountain streams attract bird watchers, trekkers and those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Panama City for a few days.

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Suggested itinerary featuring El Valle

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in El Valle, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of El Valle

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    Places near El Valle

    Accommodation choices for El Valle

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit El Valle. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Standard room, Canopy Lodge

      Canopy Lodge


      This excellent birding lodge is located in cool, tranquil woodland by a mountain stream in El Valle.

    • Park Eden, El Valle

      Park Eden


      Park Eden is a small country bed and breakfast owned and run by Lionel and Monica Toledano, who take pride in their beautiful home and provide a warm, personalised service and welcoming hospitality.