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El Valle de Antón

Coordinates: 8°36′03″N 80°07′49″W / 8.6008°N 80.1303°W / 8.6008; -80.1303
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El Valle de Antón
El Valle at night
El Valle at night
El Valle de Antón is located in Panama
El Valle de Antón
El Valle de Antón
Coordinates: 8°36′03″N 80°07′49″W / 8.6008°N 80.1303°W / 8.6008; -80.1303
 • Land34.8 km2 (13.4 sq mi)
 • Total7,602
 • Density218.6/km2 (566/sq mi)
 Population density calculated based on land area.

El Valle de Antón, generally called El Valle, or Anton's Valley in English, is a town of 7,600 in the Coclé province of Panama.


Perspective view with color-coded shaded relief of Central Panama from the southwest, with El Valle in the foreground

The town is located in the flat wide caldera of the 6 km wide El Valle volcano that is inactive; there is evidence that it erupted as recently as about 300,000 years ago [2] Because of its elevation (600 m), it is cooler than the Panamanian lowlands.[3] Natural attractions near El Valle include the Chorro El Macho waterfall, Las Mozas waterfall, the "square" trees behind Hotel Campestre, and a group of small thermal pools (which consist of three cement pools of mineralized water that varies in color depending on the specific minerals present at a given moment).[4] The area around the town is also known for being one of the last habitats of the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog.[3] Some of the forests around the town are protected areas.[3]


El Valle had a population of 7,602 as of 2010.[1] In 2000 its population was 6,175; in 1990 it was 4,900.[1]


Panamanian golden frog, critically endangered
Waterfall "El Macho" in El Valle

El Valle has one main road, called Avenida Central or Calle Central, which runs east–west across the town.[5] A main landmark is the town's public market, which is open seven days a week, although it is sometimes referred to as El Valle's Sunday Market.[6] El Valle has a very small historical and geological museum, as well as a small zoo (El Nispero, named after a type of tree), a small serpentarium, a butterfly house, and an orchid conservation center, called APROVACA, which displays over 100 native local orchid species.[7] There are also several petroglyphs west of town that are known as La Piedra Pintada.[8]

Some of the people who own properties in the heart of El Valle are wealthy people from Panama City who use the area as their vacation or weekend home.[9] Popular activities in the area include cycling, hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching.[9] El Valle is home to around 500 species of birds.

The town is about 25 km off the Interamerican Highway by a two-lane road. The road is generally in good condition, with a few potholes that are repaired regularly. Buses, usually mini-buses, to Panama City are frequent and take approximately 2.5 hours. As of 2014, the last direct bus to Panama City leaves El Valle at 3pm with a fare of $4.25. To reach other locations in Panama, it is generally necessary to take a bus to San Carlos and transfer there. As of 2014, the last bus from El Valle to San Carlos leaves at 6pm.[10]



  1. ^ a b c d "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo - Panamá". contraloria.gob.pa (in Spanish). 2015-07-10. Archived from the original on 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  2. ^ Defant et al. 1991: Andesite and dacite genesis via contrasting processes: the geology and Geochemistry of El Valle Volcano, Panama; Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., v. 106, p. 309-324
  3. ^ a b c Friar, p. 226.
  4. ^ Friar, pp. 226, 229, 231.
  5. ^ Friar, p. 226-27.
  6. ^ Friar, pp. 226, 229.
  7. ^ Friar, pp. 226-29.
  8. ^ "La Piedra Pintada".
  9. ^ a b Friar, p. 230.
  10. ^ Friar, p. 236.

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