Last weekend I visited El Valle de Anton, a picturesque town situated in the crater of an extinct volcano, 2 hours west of Panama City. El Valle is a popular tourist destination for many reasons; there is plenty there to do! Birding, hiking, buy local products at the artisan markets, take a dip in the hot springs or visit the zoo & amphibian rescue centre, among many other things.
|Cerro Gaital Trail|
Our highlight of the morning, however, was not a bird. As we walked up the trail, I spotted a small snake coiled up on the handrail along a section of the path. Immediately I knew it was a viper and within seconds I realized I was looking at a beautiful Eyelash Pit Viper! I had been wanting to see this species for years, and finally there was one in front of me.
|Eyelash Pit Viper, Bothriechis schlegelii|
|Eyelash Pit Viper showing its "eyelashes"|
|El Valle de Anton, from Cerro Gaital|