I had decided to spend the first night in El Valle de Anton to avoid driving at night, and had a reservation at the Anton Valley Hotel in the middle of town. This hotel would probably be considered a boutique hotel in Panama. It is owned by Americans who were very friendly and helpful.
The drive to El Valle was spectacular. Here are two examples:
Driving to and from El Valle, I was overcome with what would best be called "Reverse Culture Shock". Somehow this seemed like home, and my home in the U.S. seemed like the foreign place. I could most certainly live here.