A Break from the Heat in El Valle

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Restaurante Santa Librada

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

As son as Tracy and I arrived in El Valle we were both noticed how much cooler the air was. We had read about this in our Lonely Planet, and they also had this to say: Officially known as El Valle de Antón, this picturesque town is nestled
in the crater of a giant extinct volcano, and ringed by verdant forests
and jagged peaks.

Its a very sleepy little town which was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. There are lots of very expensive second homes that the wealthy use as a respite from Panama City. We only intended on being there for a couple of days, but like everywhere else we had been ended up staying longer. We were there for a week. We were both impressed with the cool weather and the amount of interesting plants and flowers that are growing everywhere around town.

El Valle is mostly known for their artisans market that occurs every weekend. The market is a combination of Panamanian arts and local produce and plants from around the valley. Mostly Tracy and I just walked around town checking out the artisans booths, hanging out at the bakery, and checking out restaurants. We also walked to the petraglyphs, walked to see the waterfalls, and spent an afternoon soaking in the Pozo's thermal springs.

The Pozo Termales area is a little park shaded by trees that costs only $1 to use. When we entered the park we were given instructions by the owner on where to go change inot our bathing suits, how to apply the different types of mud to your face, and then the order of the pools you are supposed to soak in. He was a very pleasant man that seemed to enjoy showing off his English skills to visitors. I opted out of the mud facial, but Tracy was all for it. The two pools we soaked in were both only slightly warm, but each was said to have its own distinct combination of minerals that are supposed to be very good for the body when soaked in.

And most importantly, while we were in El Valle, we finally decided what to do with ourselves post Panama. We had been talking about all sorts of destinations, but since I hadnt been able to find a job as a river guide like I had hoped, or do any graphic design work for extra traveling money, we finally decided that the best option right now would be for us to go home so I could start looking for work, or head back up to Mexico.

So Mexico, here we come!

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