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I woke up early this morning to begin a 2 hour trek to El Valle (de Anton), two hours somewhat north of Panama City.  There are quite a few attractions in Valle, of which arguably best know is La India Dormida (the sleeping indian).

I first stopped at the zoo in Valle, which was full of beautiful plants, flowers, and animals (see pictures below).  I was lucky enough to have run into a local teen ager that offered to act as my guide of La India. 

We began the near 3 hour hike; me with much anticipation.  About 20 minutes into the hike, I was beat and was hoping not to have to turn back.  After 1.5 hours of resting everal several hundred meters, I made it to the top!!!  1700 meters above sea level.

View from La India. You can see El Valle below. Also, the three mountains on the left are the three tallest in Valle. Notice the town is in a volcano crater.
  The decent was a bit easier to make, although one of the disadvantages of hiring a skinny teenager to act as your guide is that they move like fast rabbits.  

After La India, I make my way to the thermal baths in Valle.  Although small, they are quite neat and remind me of a much smaller verision of Banos de Panticosa which I visited in 1997 in the north of Spain at the foothills of the Pyronees. 

Interesting to note, Valle is located in the middle of a volcano (inactive), which you can see from the pictures below. 

After the two hour drive back, I stopped at the beach to what has become a favorite eatery of mine, VistaMar, and enjoyed shrimp and garlic.  A pleasant end to a full day.

I am beat, and going to turn in early tonight.  After making that hike, know I know why La India is sleeping! :)

 

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Valle
Valle
View from La India.  You can see E…
View from La India. You can see …
The zoo in Valle
The zoo in Valle
Tapir
Tapir
Which way???
Which way???
Pretty flowers en Valle
Pretty flowers en Valle
More pretty flowers.
More pretty flowers.
Bird at the zoo in Valle.
Bird at the zoo in Valle.
Bird at the zoo in Valle.
Bird at the zoo in Valle.
Lady Amhert Pheasant.
Lady Amhert Pheasant.
Valle
Valle
Flowers
Flowers
This monkey was picking flees from…
This monkey was picking flees fro…
Beautiful white peacock
Beautiful white peacock
Neque.  They are found in the Mexi…
Neque. They are found in the Mex…
Pretty bird.
Pretty bird.
Not sure what this is :)
Not sure what this is :)
Another....
Another....
Another....
Another....
Via from Valle.
Via from Valle.
Eggs anyone?
Eggs anyone?
These little critters were tooo cu…
These little critters were tooo c…
This guy wanted a back scratch, wh…
This guy wanted a back scratch, w…
Not sure what this was, but he was…
Not sure what this was, but he wa…
Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
This is a mute swan that was ALLLL…
This is a mute swan that was ALLL…
I though by getting closer he woul…
I though by getting closer he wou…
Huron?
Huron?
This monkey was adorable.  He reac…
This monkey was adorable. He rea…
Valle
Valle
Pretty and Pink
Pretty and Pink
Koi
Koi
The zoo at Valle
The zoo at Valle
Not sure what type of cow this is.…
Not sure what type of cow this is…
Bamboo tree in Valle
Bamboo tree in Valle
More Bamboo
More Bamboo
Hieroglyphic rock found climing La…
Hieroglyphic rock found climing L…
View from La India
View from La India
Another hieroglyphic
Another hieroglyphic
Neat stones climing La India
Neat stones climing La India
Tree in La India
Tree in La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
Tree in La India
Tree in La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
Waterfall in La India
Waterfall in La India
Waterfall in La India
Waterfall in La India
Banana tree in La India
Banana tree in La India
Neat water fall
Neat water fall
Run off from the waterfall
Run off from the waterfall
More runoff
More runoff
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
Neat from in La India
Neat from in La India
Neat hierogliphic
Neat hierogliphic
I loved the roots of this tree in …
I loved the roots of this tree in…
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
View from La India
This view from La India highlights…
This view from La India highlight…
Inside La India
Inside La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
View from the Top of La India
The three talles mountains in Valle
The three talles mountains in Valle
View of the city from the top of L…
View of the city from the top of …
View of the city from the top of L…
View of the city from the top of …
My guide
My guide
Happy to have made it to the top o…
Happy to have made it to the top …
Beautiful view from the top
Beautiful view from the top
Within La India
Within La India
Top of La India
Top of La India
A close up
A close up
Another view of La India
Another view of La India
Thermal bath site
Thermal bath site
Bridge to the thermal baths
Bridge to the thermal baths
View from La India
View from La India
What has become one of my favorite…
What has become one of my favorit…
View from the beach
View from the beach
Another breathtaking view
Another breathtaking view
Behind the beach
Behind the beach
Jellyfish on the beach.
Jellyfish on the beach.
A piece of paradise!
A piece of paradise!
Hello Hello!
Hello Hello!
Eating up the sunshine.
Eating up the sunshine.
View from the beach into Panama Ci…
View from the beach into Panama C…
Puente de Las Americas, crossing t…
Puente de Las Americas, crossing …
El Valle
photo by: ArlsAndTris