Attractions

Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

Butterfly Haven

El Valle's latest attraction allows you to walk among up to 250 butterflies as they flutter by in a screened 'flight house.' Learn more about these ephemeral creatures, which live for just a couple of weeks maximum,…
Zoo in El Valle

El Níspero

About 1km north of Av Central, El Níspero is a zoo set in the forest. It is home to everything from tapirs and capuchin monkeys to jaguars and more than 50 species of bird. It is also the best place to see Panama’s …
Waterfall in El Valle

Chorro El Macho

The most famous waterfall in the El Valle area is 35m-high Chorro El Macho, which is located about 2km north of town; it's a 10-minute walk from the road and the entrance to the Canopy Adventure tour. Below the fall…
Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center

This conservation center was created in 2007 with the support of Houston Zoo to help save amphibians from a deadly virus threatening their numbers around the world. Run by a dedicated team of conservationists, the c…
Gardens in El Valle

Aprovaca Orquídeas

For the best selection of orquídeas (orchids) in the region, visit this idyllic not-for-profit garden run by the local association of orchid growers at the eastern end of town. Volunteers work to maintain the lovely…
Archaeological Site in El Valle

La Piedra Pintada

Located in the northwestern corner of the valley, La Piedra Pintada is a huge boulder adorned with pre-Columbian carvings. Locals often fill in the grooves of the petroglyphs with chalk to facilitate their viewing. …
Forest in El Valle

Square-Trunked Trees

El Valle’s peculiar arboles cuadrados (square-trunked trees) are located behind the Hotel Campestre. After a 20-minute hike through the forest and climbing over two footbridges (including a scary suspension one), yo…
Waterfall in El Valle

Chorro Las Mozas

The most accessible of the waterfalls around El Valle is Chorro Las Mozas, located about 2km southwest of town; you can reach it on foot from the center in about 25 minutes. This is the original site where the prehi…
Museum in El Valle

Museo de Padre José Noto

The most interesting exhibits in this small museum that's divided into five sections are the ones focusing on petroglyphs and ceramics left by indigenous peoples who lived in the area hundreds of years ago. There is…