El Valle Explorer Tour

Head to the hills with El Valle Explorer Tour! Leave early for a two-hour drive to El Valle, home to the nearly extinct Golden Frog. El Valle is a must-see on your trip to Panama! One option for the more adventurous travelers is to hike the famous India Dormida trail and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley from over 3,000 feet above see level. The other and more relaxed option includes short walks to petroglyphs and waterfalls. There is the famous zoo with a Golden Frog Exhibit and other exotic animals indigenous to Panama. Not to mention there's a zip-line option available for an additional $60, and Panama’s most famous artisan market is right there! Leave from El Valle around 2 p.m. to avoid traffic in the city.

Price: $120 per person, includes transportation, hiking, incredible mountain and valley views, petroglyphs and waterfalls, golden frog exhibit, artisan market, entrance fees and personal tour guide. Duration: nine hours, departs at 7 a.m. Minimum two people per tour, must book at least two days in advance of tour date. Tours available Wednesday (hiking version) and Sunday (explorer version). 

For every tour you book, a portion of the proceeds goes to Jetset Times #FuelTheFuture campaign with Give & Surf, specifically to fuel the boats that take local indigenous children and volunteers in Panama to school each day. Read more about why we love this organization on Jetset Times.

Tour Policy

If you are unable to attend the tour, contact Barefoot Panama as soon as possible to arrange and reschedule the tour. If you are not at the designated meeting point by the time of your tour, Barefoot Panama reserves the right to not provide a refund.

Canceled or Postponed Tours

Occasionally, tours are canceled or postponed due to weather, mechanical failure, or other unforeseen events. Should this occur, Barefoot Panama will contact you about the cancellations and inform you of refund or exchange procedures for that tour. For exact instructions on any canceled or postponed tour, please contact Barefoot Panama. In the case of a cancellation of your tour, Barefoot Panama will refund your tour or reschedule another tour for you, as detailed below.


All sales are final. No refunds are allowed, though a partial refund of 50 percent will be granted if Barefoot Panama receives notice at least 48 hours in advance of tour start time. Barefoot Panama will offer refunds of the full face value of the tour(s) that are canceled or postponed (or, if a discounted tour, then instead the discounted tour price paid). No refunds are offered on any service or convenience fees.

To receive a refund for a canceled or postponed tour, contact Kevin at kevin@barefootpanama.com within three days of tour cancellation and write "refund" in the subject line. Instructions will be provided in order to obtain your refund.

Tour Exchanges

No tour exchanges are offered by Barefoot Panama, except in certain cases. Contact Barefoot Panama by phone at +011 (507) 6780-3010 or by email at kevin@barefootpanama.com to inquire about tour exchanges. Fees may apply.

Ranked #2 Tour Operator in Panama City by TripAdvisor

"My BF and I recently traveled to Panama and went on the El Valle tour lead by Ross, it was amazing and so was he! There was another couple and a family on the tour with us, one of the ladies has hurt her ankle the day before and Ross was very good about giving her her time while allowing the others to hike at our own pace! We all had a great day and enjoyed ourselves! Ross was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable! I wish we had booked more excursions with the company during our stay! I also appreciate my communication with Kevin! He responded quickly and honestly! Would do business with them again any day!"

- kdbyrd2415, West Liberty, KY

"...El Valle (Wednesday tour): The day before our trip, as promised, Kevin communicated our pickup time and reconfirmed our tour. Please note that the descriptions for the tours to El Valle clearly state that Wednesday's are a more intense hike (about 5 miles or so) vs. the Sunday tour. Kevin was wise to not only specify pickup time but to stress the importance of wearing proper footwear. The next day my boyfriend and I were picked up from our hotel promptly and greeted by our guide for the day, Ross. Ross has a wonderful disposition that made our small group feel like a bunch of old friends. He answered questions with nuance, context and thoughtfulness, and was super patient with me as I was slow making my way down the trail. He also made a point to ask locals questions, giving us the opportunity to hear directly about their work, lifestyle and history. The hike was preceded by a stop for a solid cup of coffee and pastry at a local El Valle shop, and followed by a yummy, affordable lunch and a visit to a market with delicious, fresh fruit and some nice crafts. This day with outstanding views of the El Valle valley and a beautiful walk through a rainforest was a highlight of our trip..."

- Lauren, Baltimore, MD

High Praise for Barefoot Panama

“Best tourist guide in Americas. Beer, food and knowledge is super brilliant.”

 Ian Yeoman

“I traveled with Kevin on a small group, 3 month overland trip from San Diego to Panama through all of Central American countries… He was always on top of things and resolved the issues without us hardly knowing they were happening. He was flexible to our needs and requests, whilst ensuring that we saw the best that each country/area had to show. His local knowledge was amazing so that we got to see things and go places that none of the other trips did. Because of Kevin’s skills I think that we saw more of the real country than we would have done otherwise. And he made it FUN.”

– Mark Enfield

“I have had the pleasure of going on two of Kevin’s trips. I was blown away by his detailed knowledge of the area, he know everything from great hiking spots and secret swimming holes to the best hotels, bars and restaurants. Kevin’s easygoing personality was matched by his first-rate organization. I could really relax on my vacations with him because I knew everything would run smoothly. He handled everything, down to the smallest details, and really took a personal interest in making sure I had the best trip possible. He’s a great tour guide and his tours in Panama are incredible!”

 Tim Hughes

“Kevin has great interpersonal skills, and an extensive knowledge base from which he operates as a gifted owner and tour manager of Barefoot Panama. His clients are glowing when relating their travel experiences and the care Kevin has taken with them. I feel completely confident and comfortable recommending Kevin’s services to anyone traveling in North or Central America.”

 Cory Friend

“Kevin has always provided me with unforgettable travel experiences. Whether participating in one of Barefoot Panama’s tours or using his expert advice – he has NEVER steered me wrong. Some of the best experiences I have had while traveling are due to Kevin and his expertise. He is FUN to boot.”

– Cara Knauer Clark

“Kevin O’Brien was my tour leader/ driver/ guide on a two week tour at Barefoot Panama…Throughout he was approachable, informative, amiable, helpful and fun to be with. He made me feel very much at ease and he never showed signs of stress after long days on the road. His standard of driving was exceptionally high and he certainly knew his way around – traveling with Kevin made me feel very safe. If I visit Central America in the future, I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with Kevin O’Brien again.”

 Marilyn Willwohl

“Kevin is an expert in the adventure travel industry, and you’ll never find a more responsible and original guide. He has the unique ability to manage a well-organized trip while providing guests with the spontaneity, excitement and pure fun that make lifelong memories. Kevin carries his integrity to his own business at Barefoot Panama. He is astute, trustworthy and delivers on his promises. With more than 10 years experience, in-depth knowledge of hundreds of destinations, unlimited local contacts and finely-tuned leadership skills, Kevin is outstanding in his field.”

 Kim DeLashmit

“Kevin was our guide on a ten day whirlwind of Panama. We had a great time snorkeling, hiking, and just relaxing in a hammock with a cold beer. Thanks for all the fun, looking forward to visiting again!”

 Thomas Strubinger

“One of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides that a traveler can ever hope to meet. His laid back personality is complemented by a true thirst for the best adventures and experiences life has to offer…Most of all Kevin does superior job providing quality tours and does it with a smile on his face, enjoying every step of the way. If you want to tour Panama in style, Kevin and Barefoot Panama is the way to go!”

– Elizabeth Ihle, Real Estate Agent, Barefoot In Panama, S.A.

“Kevin certainly knows Panama and all the best places to go. A very knowledgeable tour guide.”

– Stacy Repetto

“I have never vacationed better. Kevin and Barefoot Panama organized an experience that was out of this world and much too difficult to sum up in a sound bit. But more importantly, through the Panama experience he has become a friend and someone I will always trust.”

– Sean Gallagher

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