El Valle de Anton –
We get up at 9 and get on our way to the next supermarket. Baked beans, milk, orange juice, cheese and peanut butter complement the offered breakfast of coffee, toast and eggs. You can hear mostly German in the whole hostel. Out of the 10 people (us included) that I have seen, 7 travelled here from Germany. “They are everywhere! “ Following the map that was on the wall of the hostel, we go hiking to the 2 waterfalls of Chorro Las Mozas. The whole area is said to be hikable in about 5h. However, certainly not just on foot, as we realize later. On the way we pass the market and Ena notices a cool poncho. She decides to buy it in the evening or tomorrow morning. We buy some fried yuca for our way though. You can already see the “India Dormida”, a mountain range which resembles a sleeping woman, very clearly from the marketplace.
Chorro Las Mozas
The way to the falls is kinda long not really exciting. Along the way we discover a smoothie- / tea- / coffee- / and much more-bar, but go past it for now. At the entrance to the waterfall area we pay 1 PAB (1.00 USD) entrance fee and continue our walk on the rocky road next to the creek. There are also 2 places where you can swim here. Going further, the “Hazardous Area” starts to which you get nevertheless a friendly greeting by a sign . El Valle seems to be less frequented by foreigners. There are usually residents from Panama City coming here to relax on weekends. While we go swimming at the basin unter the second waterfall, a highschool senior class joins us being here for a weekend getaway.
Back on the road, we want to continue to the India Dormida. We have a break at the Smothiebar we saw earlier and each have a cinnamon / melon / vanilla / spearmint- and pineapple / ginger / peppermint- smoothie in huge jars. The 2 young owners are actually an architect and a software developer. Both were tired of the stressful life in Panama City. They don’t think the city is actually beatiful, yet the Old Town is sure worth seeing. As we mention San Blas as one of our future destinations, we get the tip to visit Isla Perro . As we are on the road again, we have rather abandoned the idea to continue all the way on foot and every now and then have a look over our shoulders, to look out for a bus we can take to get back.