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El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden
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Day Trip to Anton Valley: Hiking, Hot Springs and Nispero Zoo
Reviewed January 5, 2013

I booked the zip line excursion they dropped me along with with a couple from my Hotel and paired us together with a very nice couple with their two children from Stolkholm Sweden where we did the long and steep walk up the first of the four zip lines run.We got to see a huge toad about the size of a baseball glove that couldn't hop away from us too quickly because of its weight!We also got to see a tropical bird that was yellow blue plus a few other colours i would've loved to have seen more birds but it wasn't to be.The weather up in the hills there is way cooler and very damp but you're supplied a rain jacket by your tour guide trust keep it close a hand you'll probably need it.The zip line runs were okay unlike Rancho Mi Choparitta In Sayulita you slow yourself with your strong glove hand.This is good if you don't like going very fast but it can't touch RMC Mexico in terms of ZL runs(13 there plus 4 suspension bridges) people who say all zip lines are the same should go there trust me that's a white knuckle experiance speed wise not to be forgotten!!The zip line guides at Anton Valley speak good English and were friendly and it was money well spent in tipping both of them.You have a cool photo chance after the 4 th and last zip line run of the water falls there.I should've maybe done the Zoo excursion instead but this was an okay way to spend a few hours with the couple from my Hotel and meet a nice Family from Sweden who were staying a a local Anton Valley Hotel and see a bit of the wee local town and do a bit of shopping in the market/shops as well.

Thank Alistair B
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had booked a few excursions using Barefoot Panama. It's run by an American, Kevin O'Brien and either he does the tours himself or he has a couple of other guides that he works with. One of the nicest days we spent in Panama was at El Valle de Anton. Our guide, Jeff Thompson (originally from Vancouver), couldn't have been nicer. He picked us up at 8:00 - the appointed time. His van had good airconditioning and there was plenty of room for everyone (there were six of us plus his mom who was visiting him for Christmas). El Valle is about a two hour drive from Panama city. Jeff kept pointing out interesting things about the areas we drove through and as we climbed in altitude, we had a refreshing break from the opressive humidity of Panama City. Our first stop as we entered the town was at a coffee shop (El Valle Gourmet & Coffee Shop) that had really good coffee and a very clean bathroom. We then rented bikes so we could visit some of the sites in the valley. While the bikes were cheap ($2 per hour per person), they weren't in that great condition. However, despite the rather poor condition of these bikes, we still enjoyed the ride to get to the waterfalls. Once there, we grabbed some walking sticks and did a particularly lovely hike (short one), which led to the waterfalls. We could have done the zip lines but passed on them since we had done them in Costa Rica and found that after you've done it a couple of times, the thrill gets "old". Then, it was back on the bikes for a very pleasant downhill ride to get to the Petroglyphs. After that, we decided to ditch the bikes before heading to Bruschetta's for lunch. Jeff had picked this place because of the food quality. However, since it was the day before New Year's Eve, the place was pretty packed which slowed down the service. Ordinarily, we wouldn't have waited for an hour and a half before they brought us any food. However, we were sitting outside relaxing and the weather was so pleasant that it toned down our impatience with the slow service. And, once the food did arrive, it was worth it. The bruchetta was delicious and the corvina (sea bass) cooked in a garlic sauce, was really good. Since my husband is a decent amateur photographer, he was anxious to see the Nispero zoo so he could get some good photos of the golden frog and some of the more exotic birds. Despite the fact that it was already 3:00 by the time we left the restaurant, Jeff made sure that we got to see everything we wanted at the zoo. My husband took tons of photos and was really happy with his pictures. And, for a place that is in the middle of nowhere, it was a surprisingly good zoo. Just before leaving, we made one last stop at the El Valle Coffee Shop before heading home. All six of us had a wonderful time and all felt that Jeff's guidance enhanced our visit.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

The area is so beautiful. High above the clouds. There is so much to see and just looking around is amazing. The most beautiful birds I have ever seen. Quite a lot of walking required. Great place to take a picnic and enjoy the falling mist (bring an umbrella). I noticed that they sold snacks, mostly candy. Good walking trails. There were many animals to see.

Thank VegasGal55_10
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

The center where they are trying to find a cure for the fungal disease that is attacking reptiles and amphibians is very interesting.

Thank Sandchas
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

It's fun for kids and adults as well. If rainy season, take non-slippery shoes and a raincoat. Sun or rain, this is a fun place! Our girls loved it!

Thank ivillare
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