El Valle is known for its flora, hot springs, and climate, which, thanks to the slight elevation, is noticeably more comfortable than that back down at sea level in Panama City. Mineral pools, serviced by an underground river heated by magma from a tiny fracture deep in the subterranean rock, dot the crater floor, making El Valle a go-to place for health tourists who make the short trip to El Valle to recuperate after undergoing medical treatment in Panama City hospitals.
The healing hot springs are open to the public. These 100-degree waters are rich with sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, and zinc. They are said to heal and soothe the skin, relieve aching bones and muscles, and generally to promote health and even longevity.