El Valle Journals

Molas and Mud - Adventures in El Valle, Panama

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A February 2007 trip to El Valle by Saphira

Mandarinos Botique Hotel and Spa (Los) Photo, El Valle, Panama More Photos
Quote: Nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano sit the little mountain town of El Valle De Anton. A small town with lots to do.

Mandarinos Botique Hotel and Spa (Los)

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Hotel | "Los Mandarinos Botique Hotel and Spa"

Mandarinos Botique Hotel and Spa (Los) Photo, El Valle, Panama
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Begrudgingly, I rolled over in bed trying to decipher the digital numbers without my glasses. My hazy mind interpreted the time to be 7:45am. I jumped up in a blurry panic and began rushing around throwing on articles of clothing and brushing my hair with mock speed. I was surely going to be late for work. With my anxiety mounting, I reached for my tooth brush and suddenly and unexpectedly its electric pulsing began to dissolve the world around me transforming into a scene entirely different, as though a painting which was a Van Gough decided suddenly to become a Rembrandt. Finally I understood, I was only dreaming. In reality, I was snuggled up in a cozy massive king sized be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2008

Mandarinos Botique Hotel and Spa (Los)
El Valle de Antón
El Valle
+507-983-6645

Casa De Lourdes

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Restaurant | "Casa De Lourdes - Breakfast"

Casa De Lourdes Photo, El Valle, Panama
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The air has a delightful crispness to it. It’s the kind of air that you expect to feel on a November day. We walk down the beautifully landscaped path toward the main house. There a lonely orchid greets us, standing at attention like a purple sentry. I notice the trellis that was just a tangle of vines last evening is now covered with awakening deep purple morning glories. Breakfast is included with our room stay, but non-guests are welcome to enjoy too for a very reasonable price. Seated on a stone patio overlooking mist covered mountains, we dive into the basket of fresh baked roles, slathering them with homemade guava jelly. Our severer is exceptionally friendly for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2008

Casa De Lourdes
El Valle de Antón
El Valle
(507) 983-6450

Los Capitanes

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The first Photo, El Valle, Panama
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As we stood there gawking at what soon would become our accommodations in El Valle, I became keenly aware of my furiously growling stomach. It became apparent at that moment that the last thing I ate was a strange turkey sandwich more than twelve hours ago on the plane. In need of immediate sustenance, but not wanting to get back into the car, we decided to take a leisurely stroll to Los Capitanes. It did seem a bit absurd that our first meal in Panama should be German in origin, but we were anything but disappointed. I’m a sucker for anything that’s even a bit different than at home and so I was all a twitter when our cokes arrived in ice cold glass bottles. We took a few sip...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

El Valle Restaurants

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Restaurant | "Best Patacones in all of Panama!"

El Valle Restaurants Photo, El Valle, Panama
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I would like to say "thank you", thank you to the girl who wrote the review on a website that I cannot remember who said that Plata Del Mar had the best patacones in all of Panama, because you were right! You can almost always be assured that a restaurant is good, when you witness a truck full of locals descending upon it with an eager exuberance. That was exactly what I saw as I perused the menu at an outdoor table at Plata Del Mar in El Valle. Thanks to my anonymous reviewer, I already knew exactly what I was going to get, the bistec picado, patacones and in my now search to try as many flavors as possible, an orange bastidos. My husband, needing a little more time, decid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2008

El Valle Restaurants
Throughout El Valle
El Valle, Panama

Casa De Lourdes

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Restaurant | "Casa De Lourdes - Dinner"

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Another gust of wind descends its wrath upon us. Diners across the patio hold down wine glasses, table clothes and wire baskets filled with rolls. A cheer of camaraderie resounds as no rolls tragically drown in the swimming pool, this time. Wind aside, Casa De Lourdes is the most magical place in all of El Valle to dine. Making a reservation is important, as the seating is intimate and limited, ensuring that each guest is given the utmost attention. Our professionally pleasant waiter showed us to our outdoor patio table, already set just for us, thanks to the reservation we had made earlier that day. I was even more enraptured, when I had to discreetl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2008

Casa De Lourdes
El Valle de Antón
El Valle
(507) 983-6450

Pozos Termales Thermal Mud Pools

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Attraction | "Thermal Mud Pools"

Pozos Termales Thermal Mud Pools Photo, El Valle, Panama
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"Look, you're a power ranger!" said the mother as she finished caking her son’s face with mud. He didn't look so sure. I thought most kidswould relish in being covered in mud, heck I'm an adult and I was having a blast, but maybe this little boy had the beginnings of OCD or something. He glanced in my direction and I tried to smile reassuringly, but of course I couldn't, the mud on my face had dried and hardened and I couldn't move a muscle. I decided it would be a good time to go rinse off. When we arrived at the thermal pool and mud bath in El Valle de Anton,I expected that we would pay some inflated kind of tourist fee equivalent to back home, so ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2008

Pozos Termales Thermal Mud Pools
.6 Km West Of Main Street's Handicraft Market
El Valle, Panama

Canopy (Zipline) Adventure

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Attraction | "Canopy Adventure Rainforest Hike"

Canopy (Zipline) Adventure Photo, El Valle, Panama
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Our tour guide Raul stopped suddenly. A smile, which said we were in for something special, spread across his face. I was happy for the momentary rest, as I was getting weary of pretending that all those exercise videos I crammed in before the trip had actually whipped me into enough shape for a three hour, uphill hike through the rainforest. Raul crouched down near a hole covered with what looked like a silvery- white piece of gauze. He found a stick and looking like a mischievous little boy, began poking the hole. My husband and I glanced at each other quizzically. Between pokes Raul announced "An aggressive spider lives here, let's see if he will come out for a visit." ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2008

Canopy (Zipline) Adventure
1.8 miles west of Main Street's Handicraft Market
El Valle, Panama

Is There Anything else to Do?

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Cool and refreshing Photo, El Valle, Panama
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Orchid Conservatory- No cost The guide book said to follow the signs and that was exactly what we did. It wasn't hard at all to find the orchid conservatory. If you like orchids or are into gardening this makes a nice little activity. There is one main building and then a green house filled with orchids which are cultivated on the premises. There are orchids of every size, shape and color, some of which I've never seen. The down side, at least on the day of our visit, was that the guide didn't speak English at all and we hadn't really spent much time learning gardening or orchid cultivating terms. We were able to ask a few questions and understand the answers, but I'm su...Read More