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Top Choice Italian in El Valle

Da Vinci Deli Pastas Gourmet

OK, its location in the spanking-new Plaza Paseo El Valle mall east of the center may not be the sexiest, but it's a nice mall and this place has its very own pasta machine. Feast on the trio of pastas – ravioli, ta…
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,…
International in El Valle

La Casa de Lourdes

Lourdes has a nationwide reputation that can seem overblown when many diners appear to be eating its version of the 21 Club hamburger. Still, it's hard to beat it for sheer elegance, with a setting around a garden p…
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…
Peruvian in El Valle

Restaurante Valle Verde

From German to Peruvian, this upmarket eatery in the Hotel Valle Verde has made quite a journey in the recent past. Feast on Inca-inspired favorites such as lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with vegetables and potatoes…
Spanish in El Valle

El Quijote

This 'spit' (ie grill) restaurant is a local favorite, noted for its well-prepared Spanish dishes such as pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus), paella and the unusual migas, a dish of herbed breadcrumbs often served…
Pizza in El Valle

L'Italiano

They say that this restaurant and pizzeria with just 40 covers inside and out has the best pizza in El Valle. With an Italian owner and chef at the oven it certainly tastes like the real thing. Along with some 15 di…