Payson Panama Students Explore the Interior

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El Valle de Anton, Panama El Valle

Payson Panama Field Work Experience students (Stephanie Manciagli, Rummanul Ferdous and Sheriff Kora) started their program at the UN Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean at the end of August 2014 and have been extremely busy ever since with a range of assignments from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  On a recent holiday weekend, they took advantage of their time off to go explore some of the interior of the country. They grabbed their backpacks and headed for El Valle, a beautiful spot a couple of hours outside Panama City that is located in the flat 6 kilometer span of an inactive volcano. Because of its elevation, El Valle is typically cooler than the Panamanian lowlands, beach and city areas.

Natural attractions near El Valle include the Chorro El Macho and Las Mozas waterfalls, the "square" trees near Campestre, a group of small thermal pools, the local artisan market and the Nispero gardens—some of which fall within national protected areas. El Valle is also known for being one of the last habitats of the endangered Panamanian golden frog. Stephanie, Rummanul and Sheriff packed as much into their short adventure as they could visiting some of the local mountain trails, waterfalls, markets and restaurants.  Reports back were highly enthusiastic and the Payson students returned to the city and their work revitalized and refreshed. 


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