Anton Valley Health Tourism (El Valle Panama)
El Valle is Paradise on Earth for health and wellness-seekers. With eight rivers flowing through the 18 square km crater, you are never far from a scenic trail with breathtaking waterfalls and natural pools.
After swimming in the crisp river waters, you can kick back in the warm, mineralized water of El Valle’s public hot springs (“Pozos Termales” in Spanish), which are open to the public every day. The hot springs are warmed by molten lava from the center of the Earth, brought near the surface through tiny fissures that allow the molten lava to warm and mineralize the underwater rivers flowing under El Valle. (In fact, the public hot springs are not the only hot springs in El Valle. Many private homes have naturally-heated pools in their yards. It is very probable that opening a hole anywhere in the Valley will lead to the discovery of more volcanic hot springs.
The public hot springs also provide volcanic healing clay that safely removes toxins and oils from deep within your pores, leaving your skin soft, clean and looking ten years younger.
El Valle has an organic farm, “El Rincon de la Biodiversidad” (The Biodiversity Corner) where you can take a tour and choose your own fresh, delicious vegetables and herbs directly from the soil at an incredibly low price. (Spanish speakers can call Tomas, the owner of the farm at +507 6706-1271.)
Speaking of soil, El Valle’s black soil is among the most nutrient-rich soil on Earth. For this reason you will find flowers growing everywhere… every street is lined with pink and red and purple and white bushes called “Veraneras” or “Summer Flowers”.
Since The Valley is nestled inside a Central American rainforest, you can expect that the air is as pure as it gets. Breathing this air will leave you energized, and will help your body’s detoxification process. While you’re here, it is unlikely that you will get sick. But if you do, you will find many great options for restoring your health.
El Valle is home to some excellent botanists that can restore your health using medicinal plants. Maria Candelaria is 101-years-young and still prescribes herbal remedies for almost any type of illness. You can find her at Hostal Cariguana. You can reach her through her grandson, Esteban, also an herbalist, at +507 6511-8658 or +507 983 6269.
The Valley has four spas that offer a variety of hollistic treatments.
Yoguini Spa offers healing massages that are effective against a host of problems, be they physical, mental or emotional. Even chronic migraines can be cured in as little as one 2-hour treatment. +507 908-7117, +507 6150-8083
Open as of January 2011, the Cariguana Spa offers accupuncture, shiatsu massage, nutrition training, aura testing using high-tech equipment and more.
Traditional Health Services
El Valle’s medical center is behind the church, and provides emergency medical attention either free of charge or at an extremely low cost. Non-emergency services are also provided, such as professional teeth cleaning for a mere $4.
The nearest full-service hospitals are in Coronado (newly-constructed San Fernando Hospital, 40 minutes from The Valley), and Penonome (1 hour from The Valley). As well, Panama City has many hospitals including the Johns-Hopkins-Affiliated Punta Pacifica Hospital, at approximately 1 hour, 45-minutes from The Valley. Most surgical and many medical procedures require a recovery period following the treatment, and The Valley is the most ideal place for resting and recovering. Please refer to our list of 25+ accommodations that will be glad to take care of all the details while you recover fully.