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LocalAventura Tour: El Valle Ecological Tour
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El Valle Ecological Tour

Full-day tour of El Valle, a nature lover’s paradise

8 hrs

Panama City

2 ~ 10

High content


Head for the hills and discover Panama’s pristine rainforest with an abundance of biodiversity. A two-hour drive from Panama City, El Valle is a nature lover’s paradise. This valley is actually a crater created by a massive ancient volcano explosion. The valley filled with rainwater and became a lake surrounded by lush vegetation. Set your own level of adventure from short hikes to more challenging, adventurous hikes. Either option you pick will give you gorgeous views of waterfalls, ancient rock carvings, and views of seemingly infinite species of colorful birds.

El Valle is also known for its exotic zoo that is home to the almost extinct Golden Frog and other species native to Panama. If shopping is more your style, you’ll love the bustling market of crafts, plants, and yummy fresh fruit. Your guide will help you pick from the numerous restaurants to get the most delicious and traditional meals for lunch. Another perk? El Valle’s climate is much cooler and more comfortable than the city’s famous heat. This rainforest escape will satisfy all your nature wanderlust desires.


  • Pick up at your accommodation
  • Head to El Valle for the day for hikes and a visit to the zoo.
  • Head back to your accommodation.

Available days

Sunday and Wednesday

Eligibility criteria

This tour can be modified based on your physical ability level.

What's Included

  • Expert local guide
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees

What's not included

  • Lunch


  • Dress for a slightly cooler climate and bring a rain jacket, just in case!
  • Bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and water.


Good for Groups Family-Friendly Outdoorsy Types Good for Couples



I’m originally from Boston, but its harsh winters sent me to search for more tropical lands. I traveled all around the United States and then eventually ventured into Latin America, where I fell in love with the passionate and diverse culture of each and every country throughout the area. In fact, I loved it so much that I decided to make traveling in the region my new career.

I made it my goal to share my new discoveries with everyone that came to visit me while I traveled around South and Central America for a few years. My family and friends really enjoyed me showing them around some of the place I had been and they convinced me to become a tour guide. I took up tourism as a career and it stuck. For 12 years, I’ve led a variety of unique tours in many different Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Panama, and many others. To this day, I am the only guide to ever lead a tour from Ushuaia, Argentina, one of the most southern cities in South America, all the way to Alaska. After years of traveling all around the region, I decided it was time to settle down. Upon reflection, I realized that Panama was the place that felt the most like home. Now, 14 years later, I’m still here leading tours. I know this country like the back of my hand. Panama may not be my birth country, but I give my tours like a local would.

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