Language Hiccups in Panama. I am Hot or Oh baby I am so Hot!

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I had anxiously awaited my first trip to Panama to visit my son. In preparation I had found a spanish language learning site online and grasped a few words. A friend had given me a language dictionary that was literally printed on a fan. When you opened it up, on one side was Spanish and the other side English. It fit nicely in my … [Read more...]

Maisell’s Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant is on the main drag when driving (or walking) through El Valle.  Just down from the Public Market on the opposite side of the street you will find Maisell's in an unassuming, two-story building.  The sign is large so you can't miss it. There are a few places to park directly in front of the restaurant and street … [Read more...]

Anton Valley Hotel, El Valle, Panama

Anton Valley Hotel, El Valle, Panama

El Valle is one of my top five places in Panama.  On a recent trip I decided to stay at a different hotel.  Instead of finding a secluded place in or a the foot of the mountains, I stayed on the main drag at the Anton Valley Hotel. Located on the main street in el Valle just down the street from the Public Market, Anton Valley Hotel … [Read more...]

Playing in the Mud, Pozos Termales, El Valle, Panama

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If you know me even a little you know I'm a sucker for a spa treatment.  I've visited and written about the Pozos Termales (hot springs) in El Valle before so I won't go into too much detail (click the previous links for specific information on how to get there and step by step instructions on what to do once you arrive).  This time my … [Read more...]

Chorro de Las Mozas, Waterfall El Valle Panama

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El Valle has several waterfalls in the area.  The most accessible of them all is Chorro de Las Mozas, Waterfall of the Young Maidens.  Located on the original site where the prehistoric lake breached thus forming the beautiful cascades. Las Mozas, as it's known to the locals, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.  To … [Read more...]

Pozos Termales, Hot Springs in El Valle, Panama

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I've always been the kind of woman who enjoys a trip to the spa.  One of the many things that makes El Valle so great is the hot springs in the area.  Okay, perhaps to call them "hot" is a stretch, but they are definitely warm and I don't have hot water where I'm living so I'm not going to complain. You can easily walk to the hot … [Read more...]

Home Sweet Home, Cabanas Potosi in El Valle, Panama

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Finding a place to stay can make or break your experience in any area.  On my most recent trip to El Valle I satayed at the Cabanas Potosi.  The proprietors, Dennis and Mireya, were truly the most gracious hosts. Upon arriving in El Valle Dennis came to the bus stop to pick me up and take me to the Cabanas.  On the way he gave me a … [Read more...]

Public Market in El Valle, Panama

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The Public Market in El Valle is impossible to miss.  Located right in the middle of town in a beautiful, newly renovated, open air, covered building.  Sundays and Saturdays are the best days to visit the market as every stall is filled with vendors.  The public market will fulfill all your floral,  Panamanian crafts, baked goods, and … [Read more...]

Mario Bernal, Bird Watcher, El Valle, Panama

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Mario Bernal is a naturalist by heart and an avid birder.  He has dedicated his life to studying the flora, fauna and natural beauty of  Panama. For many years he was a member of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and is widely considered the top guide for nature oriented tours in Panama.  Mario also leads an environmental … [Read more...]

Bruschetta Restaurant in El Valle.

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Adjacent to the Anton Valley Hotel on the main street in El Valle, Bruschetta's serves a variety of foods.  From traditional Panamanian to fresh seafood and Italian.  The salads leave a vegetable loving girl wanting a little more but order the Greek with chicken and the piles of feta cheese, black olives, super ripe tomatoes and zesty … [Read more...]