Anton Valley trip: Head for stunning Anton Valley, a beautiful town located in the caldera of the dormant El Valle volcano, making this the world's only inhabited volcanic crater. This day trip will take in all the sights of this stunning town and its lush cloud forest surroundings, where plentiful wildlife, including the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog, lives among the wild vegetation.
Wander down Anton Valley’s one main road, Avenida Central, and soak up the peace and tranquillity of this restful spot. Stop off at El Nispero zoo, where in a beautiful parklike setting you can meet colourful parrots, tropical frogs including the endangered golden frog, majestic jaguars, huge snakes and cheeky monkeys. If you want to feed the birds or monkeys you can buy bags of food at the entrance. Flower lovers can also visit the beautiful orchid conservation centre, where over 100 native local species are on display. There are also pre-Colombian petroglyphs and folk legends to discover.
Then head to El Chorro del Macho, the most famous waterfall in the area, which tumbles 85 metres into a pristine rainforest swimming pool that legend says is enchanted. Finally, visit a local craft market, where you can pick up carvings of jungle wildlife, beautiful decorative baskets and stunning mola blouses embroidered with colourful folk art motifs. Discover the secrets of Panama on this magical day trip to Anton Valley.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Playa Blanca.
Start/opening time: 8.30am.
End/closing time: 6.30pm.
Languages: Spanish and English.
Others: Please bring your swimsuit. Entrance to all attractions included.